The Religious Education program for St. Mary & St. Francis Catholic Church meets on Wednesday evenings from September through May. Grades Kindergarten through 5th grades meet after school from 4:00-5:00 pm. Grades 6th-12th meet from 7:00-8:00 pm, with an evening meal served prior to evening classes* by volunteers at 6:15 pm. Religious Education classes meet in the new parish center and are taught by dedicated parishioners, under program coordinator Sandra Hildreth.
* Each fall the afternoon classes get to participate in a skating party at the Gowrie Skating Rink. Students (Kindergarten through Grade 12) are the foundation upon which our Thanksgiving Mass is based. Students fill all roles during the Mass, which is held the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. Confirmation students receive their preparation through evening CCD classes.
Confirmation is held in April of odd years. In addition to the classroom preparation for Confirmation, students must also complete community/church service as they prepare to join the church as adult members.
First Communion students are taught by Dee Blair. She prepares the students for their First Confession and First Communion. These second graders make their First Communion in April.
High school students study a variety of topics during their evening classes, as well as assist in church events--especially during the Lenten season. Senior students of St. Mary and St Francis are recognized during Mass the Sunday which they graduate. Every third year, high school students have the opportunity to participate in a mission trip. In past summers, students and their adult advisors spent a week in Kansas City as well as Minneapolis. The group time working for Catholic Charities, their duties have included sorting food in a food distribution center and sorting clothes for a distribution center. Other parts of their trip were spent working for local housing restoring a house for a young family. Yard work and house repairs made the house a home for a young single mother.
* During the 2020-21 school year things look a little different due to social distancing and other requirements in place to allow for face to face classes. There are no evening meals being served at this time and classes are split into two cohorts that alternate weeks to meet.
Read more about the mission trip from the Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas City.