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 Family Religious Education Program

St. Margaret Mary Religious Education (RE) consists of our GATHER Family Formation Program, Finding God Together, Youth Ministry and Vacation Bible School and Sacramental Preparation.

Saint Margaret Mary Parish embraces the concept of life long Faith Formation. National research, Church documents and our own “lived” experience show the importance of active parent participation in the faith formation of children. We offer “GATHER” as one way to foster a community where everyone grows in knowledge of faith and communion throughout their lifetime.

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

Gather is Saint Margaret Mary’s Family Faith Formation program for all students who do not attend Catholic school. All students grades Pre-school to High School participate with at least one parent. Catholic school families are welcome to participate.


We gather in fellowship, building friendships, and learn about God and His amazing Church. We start in the Gymnasium with the whole family experiencing a project, prayer or special skit that supports the theme of the session. Then children go to class and adults enjoy a speaker. We work and grow in faith together as a family.

GATHER is offered:

  • Wednesday: 5:45 PM – 8:00 PM (K thru HS)
  • Sunday: 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM (3-4 PreSchool – HS)   **child care offered

We gather in the Education Center (119 S Hubbard St) and begin in the Gymnasium. Please enter in the West doors. Child care is available on Sundays only (15 mo-4 years old); donation of $5 per child appreciated .


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

Click Here for our GATHER Program Informational Brochure (PDF)

Click Here for Our GATHER Family Handbook (PDF)

GATHER Session Dates for 2019-2020


Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:15 PM in the Education Center.
All Students (Preschool –8th Grade) will be welcomed in their new RE/YM classroom by their teachers and attend a one-hour class session while Parents attend an informative meeting in the Gym. Child care will be available this evening. After the Meet and Greet all families are invited to join in Quake Mass at 4:30 in church followed by a Community Meal in McDonnell Hall.

10:15 AM – 12:30 AM
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Sept 15, 2019 Sept 18, 2019
Oct 6, 2019 Oct 9, 2019
Oct 27, 2019 Oct 30, 2019
Nov 17, 2019 Nov 20, 2019
Dec 8, 2019 Dec 11, 2019
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 – First Reconciliation
Jan 12, 2020 Jan 15, 2020
Feb 9, 2020 Feb 12, 2020
Feb 23, 2020 Feb 26, 2020
March 15, 2020 March 18, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020 – First Communion Retreat
April 5, 2020 April 8, 2020
April 26, 2020 April 29, 2020

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

Family Events

  • Quake Mass and Community Meal: Sunday, September 8, 2019 @ 4:30 PM

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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Catechists Needed

We need help with our new GATHER: Family Faith Formation, and there is a place for you whether you can volunteer to help in the Planning and Design group, or volunteer just a few hours with project prep or meal and snack prep.

We especially need:

  • Teachers and Aides for Preschool (Sunday Only)
  • Teachers and Aides for 1st grade and 2nd Grade (Wednesday and Sunday)
  • Child Care Coordinator and volunteers to help in our Child Care room Sunday

Will you be willing to share the gift of your time and talent for Jesus in this way? Thank you so much for your faith and your dedication to the baptismal promises of your children.

Ellie M. Nelson, DRE, 847-658-9339

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This is such 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 Retreat, Reconciliation, and First Communion Retreat. These dates are important and require parents to attend… Please click here to go to our special section on Second Grade Sacramental Preparation.


First Communion Banner Song with Motions

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