Faith & Family

Faith and family logoThe family is the FIRST PLACE that all of us are called to learn & live the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Everything that we offer here at St. Mary’s is about helping families live out their Catholic faith…together!

During this season of precaution & social distancing (due to the Covid-19 virus), family engagement in faith formation is more vital than ever.

Family Faith Formation (FFF)

Beginning in September 2020, the families of our parish are invited to join in a new initiative where the WHOLE FAMILY will learn & grow as disciples of Jesus! Whole-family catechesis is becoming very popular around the country because it reminds parents that they are the FIRST & BEST EDUCATORS of their children in the Catholic faith; and it gives them a way to be successful in that role.

**Click here to read Fr. David’s letter about our new Family Formation model
**Click here to read the letter in Spanish

**Click here to download the 2020-2021 Family Faith Formation Registration Form**
**Click here to PAY ONLINE for Family Faith Formation**

Sacramental Preparation

Part of our mission in Family Faith Formation is to prepare children & teens for the Sacraments of the Eucharist & Confirmation.

Preparation for First Holy Eucharist will take place within the FFF format (at home, too), by the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, & with our Family Retreat (which happens after Easter each year).

Preparation for Confirmation will happen within the FFF format (at home, too), & with two Confirmation retreats developed by the pastoral staff.

If your child needs to be prepared for First Eucharist or Confirmation, please contact Marisol Aguirre (se habla Español) at 731.668.2596 or

Vacation Bible School

Each year during June, we also host a great Vacation Bible School experience for children ages 3 through 5th grade (rising 6th grade). During this week, we offer resources to the parents so that they can continue helping their children GROW IN FAITH after the VBS week.

Other Retreats & Events

In September 2016, we hosted our first Faith & Family event: a concert performed by John Angotti, at Jackson’s downtown ampitheater. The second event we hosted, in January 2017, was a day-long retreat for families, including teaching & a family holy hour!

Check back to this page soon for new updates about our Faith & Family ministry!