Children’s Ministry

jesus_childrenSt. Mary’s Basilica utilizes Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program for its religious education of children and families.  Each lesson in Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program flows from the words of Jesus Christ in the Sunday Gospels.  Children learn their faith – including instructions in doctrine, sacraments, commandments, and prayer – within the rhythms and season of the liturgical year, encouraging a growing participation in the life of the parish community.

Why we use Pflaum?:  Handout-for-Families

What are the components of the program?

Our program consists of a faith formation handbook – What the Church Believes and Teaches – for each child, plus 32 weekly Gospel-based lessons.  Together they provide a unique alternative to the traditional textbook.

How do the handbook and weekly lessons work together?

The handbook leads children to understand the basics of the Catholic faith; the weekly lessons inspire them to seek out ways to practice their faith in their daily lives. A special section in the weekly guides integrates each lesson with doctrine in the handbook.

How does the program involve parents?

The take-home Gospel Weeklies handout provides the most effective communication tool between parent and parish of any program on the market.  Every session reinforces the need for parents and children to actively participate in the Sunday Mass and the life of the Church.

Sample Parent Handout:  Gospel-at-Home

Is the program in conformity with the Catechism?

All five editions of Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: What the Church Believes and Teaches have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and meet the requirements for children’s religious education in the Diocese of Phoenix.

How are children divided into classes?

Children are divided into four segregated classes, which are:  Promise: 1st Grade; Good News for Children: 2nd and 3rd Grade; Venture: 4th, 5th and 6th Grade; and Visions: 7th and 8th Grade.  You can preview a sample lesson below for each class.

  1st Grade
Sample Lesson:  Preview Pages 

Good News for Children:  2nd and 3rd Grade
Sample Lesson:  Preview Pages

4th, 5th, and 6th Grade
Sample Lesson:  Preview Pages

Vision:  7th and 8th Grade
Sample Lesson:  Preview Pages

When are the Sessions held?

Sessions begin with the 9 AM Mass on Sunday.  Children are dismissed before the 1st reading for the Liturgy of the Word with Children and return for the Liturgy of the Eucharist during Mass.  After the 9 AM Mass children attended their faith formation class until 12 PM.  Faith Formation classes are held in the Diocese of Phoenix’s Pastoral Center across the plaza from St. Mary’s Basilica.

Registration and Schedule Information for 2019-2020:

Registration Form:  Registration Form 2019-2020

  • Download the registration form and fill it out completely.  Handwriting needs to be legible.
  • On the below Sundays after the 9 AM and 11 AM Mass attend a hour long Parent / Caregiver Orientation.
  • After the Parent / Caregiver Orientation you may return the registration form and payment to register (Do not mail forms):
    • Sunday, August 4, 2019
    • Sunday August 11, 2019
    • Sunday August 18, 2019
    • Sunday August 25, 2019
    • Sunday September 1, 2019
    • Last day for registration is Sunday, September 1, 2019.

Payment Plan Form:  Payment Plan Form 2019-2020
If you need financial assistance in paying the registration fee please download and complete the above form
and bring it to one of the above registration Sundays after all the Masses.

Parent and Caregiver’s Letter:  Introduction Letter
Parent and Caregiver’s Handout: Handout-for-Families
Children’s Faith Formation Schedule:  RE Schedule 2019-2020

For More Information

Coordinator of Children Ministry
Theresa Losada
(602) 354-2068