Family Faith Formation, K-5


At Our Lady of Mercy Parish, we accompany and equip parents to embrace their call to raise their children as life-long disciples of Jesus.  We do this in four life-changing ways.

We come to be transformed by Jesus in community and through the celebration of the Sacraments, where we are inspired to use our God-given gifts to serve one another as His beloved children.

Parents hear and reflect on God’s Story of Love at on-site gatherings in the company of supportive parents while the children receive their experience of faith during the same session.

Every family takes home a Jesus Storybook Bible that allows everyone in the family to deepen their knowledge and personal awareness of God’s saving love for them.  

With the blessing and the unique gifts of the families gathered, our table leaders, and our classroom catechists, we encounter Jesus in each other, His Word, and our living Tradition, empowering us to grow and witness our Catholic faith with Jesus’ super-abundant love.

SEEK is the first step or pathway on our journey of faith. EVERYONE is called to know and find meaning in our Glory Story throughout our lives. It is our sincere hope that every family will enroll in SEEK!

Seek is about our life-changing GLORY STORY- the Biblical journey that mirrors our lives and reveals we are CREATED from LOVE and for love. It’s a drama that unfolds, showing we have been CAPTURED by sin and in need of a REDEEMER, Jesus Christ, who RESCUES and SAVES us from ourselves. Our encounter with this unimaginable LOVE transforms us with the desire to RESPOND and live in RELATIONSHIP with God who gives us the gift of the HOLY SPIRIT and the CHURCH to share His super-natural gifts in COMMUNITY as HIS KINGDOM-BUILDERS on EARTH as it already is in HEAVEN!

Parents, you participate and enjoy fellowship with each other as you encounter our God of LOVE through guided discussions, activities, reflections, and witness stories- all of which serve to equip you to lead and engage your children in meaningful faith experiences at home.  Meanwhile, the students are discovering the same Glory Story themes with their peers and the leadership of their classroom catechists.

 ~SEEK Schedule~

DAY & TIME: Sunday, 11:15-12:30    DATES: October 1, 15, 22, 29


ROOT is a learning experience of our foundational beliefs we profess in the CREED; it is the Church’s reflection of our Glory Story! ROOT follows the SEEK series and begins in the month of November.

Parents, you will get to know the Trinity and the essential teachings of our faith contained in the Creed. You will deepen your understanding of what we believe and be empowered to share the essentials of our Catholic faith with your families. At the same time, your children, in a classroom setting, will deepen their understanding of what we believe through hands-on activities and meaningful conversations. What’s more, an at-home, “ROOT Box” connects families with the previous on-site learning experience, deepening the family’s knowledge and practice of the faith.

~ ROOT Schedule ~

DAY & TIME:  Sunday, 11:15 – 12:30     

DATES:  November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17, January 7 & 21, February 4




M E N D is our First Reconciliation family learning experience. Families journey deeper in faith to encounter Jesus in the gift of Reconciliation. This pathway of faith typically follows SEEK and ROOT. As a MEND faith community, families will come together once a month to pray at the 4 P.M. Mass, share in a family friendly supper, followed by a meaningful faith session that grows our love and knowledge of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

~ M E N D Schedule ~

DAY & TIME: Saturdays, 4:00 – 6:45 P.M.  Includes 4:00p.m. MASS & Family Friendly Supper!

DATES: October 14, November 11, &  December 9 

~ M E N D  First Reconciliation Retreat ~

DAY & TIME: Saturday, January 13, 2:00-3:45 P.M.

~ First Reconciliation Celebration ~

DAY & TIME: Saturday, January 20, 11:00 until Noon  -OR-  12:30 until 1:30 P.M.





N O U R I S H  is a FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION Journey for Families. 

N O U R I S H allows families to journey deeper in faith by preparing to encounter Jesus in the gift of the Eucharist. This pathway of faith typically follows SEEK and ROOT. As a NOURISH faith community, families will come together three times, once a month to pray at the 4 P.M. Mass, share in a family friendly supper, followed by a meaningful faith session that grows our love and knowledge of Jesus in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. This journey is designed to equip you as parents to teach, share faith, and pray with your children in a manner that deepens your family’s awareness of God’s real presence of love at home, AND most intimately, in the celebration of the Eucharist at Mass.

~ N O U R I S H Schedule ~

DAY & TIME: Saturdays, 4:00 – 6:45P.M.  INCLUDES 4:00 P.M. MASS & FAMILY FRIENDLY SUPPER!

DATES: February 10, March 9, &  April 13 

~ N O U R I S H First Communion Retreat ~

DAY & TIME: Saturday, April 27, 2:00-3:45 P.M.

~ First Communion Masses, Two Options ~

DAY & TIME: Saturday, May 4, 11:00 A.M. – OR – Sunday, May 5, 2:30 P.M.

~ First Communion Mass Rehearsal Schedule ~

DAY & TIME: Thursday, May 2, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. for Saturday, May 2 First Communion Mass 

DAY & TIME: Friday, May 3, 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. for Sunday, May 3 First Communion Mass


Make a way with Quest, the pathway of formation that may follow SEEK and ROOT or MEND and Nourish. This formation experience is for the entire family. Families will grow in their relationship with God as they go on an adventure of prayer through modeling, practice, and meaningful conversations. They will apply what they learn by playing a board game that integrates additional playing cards and board pieces with each on-site, parish gathering. With QUEST, watch the adventure of prayer take your family deeper into the life of our Lord and the Church.

~ Q U E S T  Schedule ~ 

DAY & TIME: Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 A.M.

DATES: October 15 & 29, November 5 & 19, December 3 & 17, January 7 & 21, February 4

~ O R ~ 

DAY & TIME: Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:30 P.M.

DATES: October 11 & 25, November 8 & 15, December 6 & 20, January 10 & 24, February 7


In addition to our exciting pathways of family faith formation this year, we are also hosting a number of social Family Faith Events focused on themes of our Church Year and Catholic Tradition. 

Calendar of Family Faith Events will be here very soon!






Are you a passionate disciple who enjoys gathering families with a heart of hospitality?

Do you enjoy engaging others in faith discussions and prayer?

Would you like to discover how to offer life-changing encounters of Jesus and grow disciples?

See our Contact Information below and Inquire about Becoming a Family Catechist today!

Contact Us

Mary Jo Trapani, Director of Family Faith Formation, Kindergarten – Grade 5 | OCIC
(331) 707-5378

Alejandro and Tai Hardaway, Family Faith Formation Coordinators, Kindergarten – Grade 5
(331) 707-5375

Karen Schwartz, Administrative Assistant, Family Faith Formation, Grades K-12 | OCIC
(331) 707-5369

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