Elementary Faith Formation

Elementary Faith Formation Main Office Number: (919) 468 - 6120

Martha Waltersdorf, Program Coordinator mwaltersdorf@stmichaelcary.org

Registration for this school year is now closed.

The Faith Formation Office is closed on Fridays September through May.


March 2014 Calendar

April 2014 Calendar

Important Dates First Sacraments 2013-14 -- UPDATED Nov. 14, 2013

At-A-Glance Calendar


Permanent Record Form

First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Family Covenant Agreement

6th grade waiver

Special Needs Questionnaire

Stewardship Form


The Elementary Faith Formation program at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church is a ‘family centered’ program that serves children and families from age 4 until completion of the 6th grade.   It is ‘family centered’ in that the goal is to catechize the entire family. The National Catechetical Directory calls us as catechetical leaders to bridge the gap between Liturgy, the classroom, and the home: the domestic church. At Baptism parents take an oath to raise their children in the faith.  The Church tells us that the parents are the first and best teachers of their children in matters of faith.  Our role as catechists is to not only teach the children, but support the ongoing faith formation of the parents.

Parish membership is required in order to register in the Faith Formation programs here at St. Michael. To become a member of the parish you must complete a registration card.  Please return to the home page of the parish website and/or call 919-468-6100.


Families Preparing for First Reconciliation/First Eucharist: 

Please note some of the additional events to plan for: Dates will be published by September
~Two informational evening meetings (parents only)   MANDATORY
~Celebration of First Reconciliation (child and parent)
~First Eucharist Workshop (child and parent)    MANDATORY
~Celebration of First Eucharist (child, parent, and invited guests)

Parents are also required to read/study a take-home book for each Sacrament with the child and return the book completion form to the teacher/office.

First Sacrament Parents:  Please provide a copy of the candidate’s Baptismal Certificate to the Faith Formation Office. If your child was baptized here at St. Michael please note that on your registration page.  A completed Permanent Record Form and First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Family Covenant Agreement are also required for First Sacraments.

The Parish Main Office is open Mondays from 11 A.M. until 7 P.M., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. and Fridays from 8:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. The hours of the Faith Formation office vary, however registration forms are available in the parish main office.

Questions? Contact:

Elementary (Grades 1-6) Martha Waltersdorf, (919) 468-6120 or by email mwaltersdorf@stmichaelcary.org

Middle School & High School (including Confirmation Preparation) - Jeanne Lewin, 919-468-6131 or by email  jlewin@stmichaelcary.org

Faith Formation Office Administrative Assistant, Jeanne Berent 919-468-6100 ext. 109  jberent@stmichaelcary.org    

Director of Faith Formation, Mary DiSano 919-468-6134 or by email mdisano@stmichaelcary.org 



Our traditional on-site 1st through 6th grade classes meet once a week for one hour on:

Sundays at the Parish: 10:45 - 11:45 AM*

Sundays at Green Hope High School 9:00-10:15 AM (Grades 1-6)

Mondays: 5:00 - 6:00 PM and 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM

2013-14 Schedule:

Open House/First Classes on September 15, 16, or 17, 2013

Classes continue through May 11, 12, or 13, 2014

Children enrolled in 2nd grade and above must be attending Mass weekly.  Celebrating the liturgy is a very important part of your child's faith formation.  Attending 12:15 P.M. Mass is convenient after the Sunday morning classes.  *We ask that parents not leave during the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass to drop off or pick up children from Faith Formation class.  

Although parents will receive a school year calendar at Open House, regular and occasional Holidays and special days/activities will be announced by e-mail, the website and Parish Bulletin.   Please make sure we have your family e-mail.

Elementary Faith Formation Registration Fees

$100 per student - Family max $100 for Elementary

            First Communion year additional $30 per student

               Green Hope Station, same as above add $10 surcharge             



Please note you will need to call or e-mail the office before registering your child:

If you have a school-age child, 8 or older, who has not been baptized Roman Catholic.

If you have a baptized child entering 2nd grade anticipating First Eucharist who has never attended any form of religious instruction.  Completion of first grade is required to be prepared for the sacraments in second grade.  THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE.

If you have a baptized child in a grade beyond 2nd who has not made First Reconciliation or First Eucharist.

Together we will determine the best class to help you prepare your child for his/her sacraments.  

Sixth grade students whose parents complete this waiver may enter and leave the building without a parent.  (link to 3 pages of 6th grade waivers)



Intermediate Sacramental Preparation (Year 2) – A child who was baptized Roman Catholic, but did not receive First Reconciliation/First Eucharist in the child’s second grade year is placed in his/her grade appropriate class for Year 1 of formal catechetical instruction.  The following year, the child enters Year 2 of Intermediate Sacramental Preparation.  Class offered Tuesdays from 5:00 -6:00 PM.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) - A process designed for children in Grade 3 or older who were baptized in Protestant faiths OR were never Baptized and now come to our parish to become Catholic Christians.  The Catholic Church recognizes them as a Candidate.  A class of special instruction is offered on Tuesdays at 5:00  PM. to prepare them for the sacraments of Baptism (if needed), Reconciliation, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  At Easter time, the Candidate is Baptized or makes a profession of faith, receives the sacrament of Confirmation, and then receives First Eucharist at the same Mass.

Off-Site - Classes that are initiated and organized by groups of parents and students who usually live in the same neighborhood or area.  These are taught by catechists in their own homes.  Please call Martha Waltersdorf for more information at 919-468-6120.

Home Schooling - Parents act as their own child’s catechist using materials provided by the Faith Formation Office. Please call Martha Waltersdorf for more information at 919-468-6120.  Not available for second grade students, Intermediate Sacramental Preparation or RCIC.

Home-School parents and Off-Site teachers/catechists will pick up materials at a scheduled time in early September.

Special Needs - We are dedicated to providing a supportive learning environment for all children.  In order for us to better serve your child, please complete the Special Needs Questionnaire (link to Special Needs form) letting us know more about your child. We have catechists experienced with special needs children.


Elementary Faith Formation: $100 per child*

    *First Communion Year - $130 (Additional fees cover materials and activities)

Elementary School Family Discount: Maximum fee $100 (Except for First Communion year)

Stewardship Opportunities at St. Michael’s

The expression, “It takes a Village…” is certainly true for our Faith Community. How will you help us this year? We ask each family to give a minimum of 4 hours of time and talent to our program.  We have jobs for everyone with all ranges of time and skills to offer.  The success of our program depends on the enthusiasm and efforts of our volunteers.  Volunteer as a….catechist, co-catechist, substitute, hall monitor, child care help, or clerical support.   No class will be held without 2 adults in the classroom.  (link to Stewardship Form) Please help us make this the best year ever. Call for opportunities and suggestions.

When we give of our time and talent we are actively involved in the Church’s mission. We are looking forward to working with you.


Thank you for your support!