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Question of the week

April 26, 2015

Good News…the sacrificial lamb becomes the Good
Shepherd; the rejected stone becomes the cornerstone.
What image of Christ resonates with you this Easter season?






through Grade 5


bullet Nursery (0 to 5 years)
bullet Playgroup
bullet Sunday Mornings with Jesus for 3's & 4's
bullet Vacation Bible Camp formerly kidFest (4yrs - entering 6th grade)
bullet Liturgy of the Word for Children (ages 5 through 5th grade)
bullet Faith Formation for Children (age 4 through 5th grade)
bullet Family Faith Sundays

Child care is a service provided by St. Margaret Mary for parents in order to encourage participation in worship and in parish ministry.

- Infants - Our caregivers will hold your child as much as possible, but please bring a stroller or car seat for them to nap or sit in. Bring all necessary diaper changing materials in a bag that is clearly labeled. Label all snacks, juice bottles etc. Check with sitters at pick-up about your child and how things went. Be sure to collect all of your belongings.

Contact: Gail Robinson (407) 647-2579

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The children of the founding parents of this group are getting ready to go off to college soon! That is how long this group has been part of the fabric of SMM. The format has changed very little over the course of the years. The purpose of this group is to welcome parents to come with their children for informal chat and play.

In the past, the Playgroup has very often been the first point of contact for new parents with their church community outside of a sacramental experience. It has provided people who are new to the area with a way of meeting other parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents who are not new to the parish have also had the chance to meet others in their community who share the same challenges that they are experiencing in forming their growing families.

Parents can come and talk informally with other parents and the children can socialize with their fellow parishioners too!

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SundayAMJesusSunday Mornings with Jesus for 3's and 4's is faith and fun for preschoolers. Children who are age 3 by September 1, 2014 and age 4 by September 1, 2014 meet in the Pre-K Classrooms during the 9:30 Sunday Mass.


Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171

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Liturgy of the Word for Children
Every weekend during the Saturday 5 pm Mass and the Sunday 9:30 am Mass, children ages 5 through 5th grade are invited to Liturgy of the Word for Children. Prior to the Liturgy of the Word, children are called to assemble in the Chapel and the choir room. The ministers of Liturgy of the Word proclaim the readings of the day and share a reflection on the child's level. The children repeat the words of the Creed and say the Prayers of the Faithful. After Liturgy of the Word, children rejoin the assembly in the main church.

Presenters for Liturgy of the Word for Children select the age group and the dates that suit their schedule. In-service trainings and gatherings are scheduled throughout the year.

Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171

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Faith Formation for Children. Parish children beginning at the age Sunday Specials of 4 through the Fifth grade who attend either a private or public school are welcomed to this program. On Sunday mornings beginning at 10:45 am and ending at 11:45 am, the children meet in the parish school classrooms to participate in age-appropriate activities to promote the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Trained catechists follow a curriculum developed by Our Sunday Visitor publishers in the series called, “Alive in Christ”. Actual lessons are sent home to link family connectedness. Families are encouraged to participate in special events throughout the year. Faith Formation classes are held from September to April.

Children who are preparing for the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion are also enrolled in Faith Formation programs.

Click here for registration form.

Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171

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Family Faith Sundays
This is a program offered as another option to assist families in the faith formation of their children. Parents accompany their children (generally on the First and Third Sundays of each month) to participate in community learning and prayer rituals. Classes begin at 10:45 am and end at 11:45 am. and meet in the Family Life Building, Bethany/Cana Rooms. Families are then responsible to complete the assignments at home using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171

Click here for registration.

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Vacation Bible Camp (formerly KIDfest) is held for one week in June for children ages four through the sixth grade. Through Scripture, art, drama, music, games and science, children will learn about the mighty power of God, make new friends and have a lot of fun.  Helpers in seventh grade and older are needed.  Fingerprinting is required, and training will be offered Sunday, June 7th at 10:45 am.  Questions?  Please contact Kristie Altman at (407) 647-5171 or

EverestThis year's VBC will be held June 15th to 19th
9:00 am to Noon each day

Climb Mount Everest with us this summer!  Totally Catholic Everest will be offered June 15-19, 9:00 am to noon.  Children entering four-year-old preschool through sixth grade this Fall may participate. Click here for a registration form.
Cost is $30.00 per child.

All activity leaders are fingerprinted in compliance with Diocesan guidelines.  The program will be held the week of June 16-20 from 9 am to Noon. 

Contact: Kristie Altman (407) 647-5171 or email:

Registration form available online in April.

Click here to download a registration form.

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