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Religious Education (RE) – GATHER Family Formation

So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me.”
~John 7:16


St. Margaret Mary’s GATHER Family Faith Formation

Here at Saint Margaret Mary, we put families front and center in their own family faith formation. Parents, you are the most important example to your children. Family Faith Formation makes it exciting and practical as both parents and children “live and learn” the Catholic faith together! Parent involvement in your child’s faith formation increases not only a child’s identification with their Catholic faith as they grow, but the commitment to and practice of the Catholic faith as they reach adulthood.

As ministers of the church (the GATHER Team), our role is to accompany you on the journey as you grow and learn more about Jesus and the Church. We learn from you and we will share our experiences of God and Church with you as well!

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”
~Matthew 18:20

Who is GATHER Family Faith Formation for?

GATHER Family Faith Formation is for all families who do not attend a Catholic school. All families: Preschool-High School participate together.


At the GATHER sessions, we will meet (with all safety protocols set by the Diocesan guidelines) in the Gym. Safety remains a top priority. To ensure the well-being of all families that participate in GATHER, our staff and volunteers will be cleaning the gym, restrooms and high touch areas before and in between each session.

GATHER Family Faith Formation is offered for 11 sessions for 2 different time periods:

  • Sunday – 11:00 AM – 12:15 AM
  • Wednesday  – 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

We GATHER in the Education Center (119 S. Hubbard St., Algonquin) and will have specific entry and exit protocols to follow for optimum safety for your family. Information to follow via email after registration. Childcare (15 months-4yr) will not be available until further notice.


Click Here for Our GATHER Family Registration Form (PDF)PRINTABLE

Click Here to Register for Religious Education and Pay Tuition Online

GATHER Session Dates

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Sept 11, 2022 Sept 14, 2022
Oct 2, 2022 Oct 5, 2022
Oct 23, 2022 Oct 26, 2022
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 16, 2022
First Reconciliation Tuesday, November 29th
Jan 8, 2023 Jan 12, 2023
Feb 12, 2023 Feb 15, 2023
March 12, 2023 Mar 15, 2023
April 2, 2023 April 5, 2023
First Holy Communion
Sunday, December 11 – 4:30 PM Mass and enjoy dinner in McDonnell Hall
Sunday, April 16th –  4:30 PM Mass and enjoy dinner in McDonnell Hall

Second Grade Families— Please click here for the Sacramental Preparation schedule.

Family Events

  • Quake Mass and Community Meal

If you are unable to attend the session that you registered for, you are welcome to attend the alternate date. Please call the Religious Education Office (847-658-9339) or Youth Ministry Office at (847-658-7881) to inform us of your intent to attend another date, so we can mark attendance and plan on extra supplies. Thank you.



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This is a special year as you continue to prepare your child for the First Reception of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. The following dates are for your child’s Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation and Reception of the Sacrament. Only your child needs to attend the Sacramental Preparation classes. These sessions are very important and must be attended along with the GATHER Faith Formation sessions.

First Reception of Reconciliation Preparation (Child only)
** note that this is a separate date than the GATHER session

Location: School, Room to be announced

9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Oct 2, 2022 Oct 12, 2022
Oct 23, 2022 Nov 2, 2022
Nov 13, 2022 Nov 9, 2022

Reception of Holy Communion Preparation (Child only)
** note that this is a separate date than the GATHER session

Location: School, Room to be announced

9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Feb 12, 2023 Feb 22, 2023
Mar 12, 2023 Mar 8, 2023
Apr 2, 2023 Apr 12, 2023

Please click here to go to our special section on Second Grade Sacramental Preparation.