St. Mary, Eldora Family Faith Formation

Director of Faith Formation: Sr. Connie Howe, R.S.M
(641) 939-5545

Coordinator of Faith Formation: Rachel Mosher

Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Audrey DeVilder

Our Mission –  Catholic Community Dedicated to Jesus’ Call to Make Disciples

Our Vision –  Making Disciples through Outreach, Welcoming All, Faith Formation, Worship

May 2019: As we near the end of another school year, we want to express our thanks to all of our faith formation families at St. Mary’s for a year filled with God’s blessings and grace as we worked together and witnessed to each other the importance of making disciples through outreach … welcoming all… faith formation …worship.

We are grateful as well to the people of St. Mary’s who have participated in Faith Formation gatherings. May we continue to grow together in our faith and mission as disciples.

We thank Angie Cook, Marcia Frerichs, Marianne Gatton, and Andrea Sparrow (Faith Formation Commission members) for their input and support throughout the past year. We express special thanks to Marcia as she finishes her term, and we welcome Joan Schuller as she begins her service as FFC member.

  -Joyfully, Rachel Mosher, Audrey DeVilder & Sister Connie

In 2017, we renewed our Religious Education / Faith Formation classes from individual youth classes to Family Faith Formation.

We chose Sophia Institute Press as our primary resource for family catechesis, but made adaptations as needed.  Family Faith Formation supports and encourages living as missionary disciples through a monthly parent meeting, a monthly family Mass, and a monthly community meeting.

The parent meeting is a gathering of the entire family at the start of each month. After a group prayer, the adults meet for an overview of that month’s religious theme as well as group discussion. The youth (Kindergarten – 12th grade) engage in activities that are meant to complement the religious theme they will study at home with their families.

The monthly family Mass on Wednesday nights allows for worship, a family-centered homily, and family-led ministries.

Community meetings are a time for families to come together for an outreach, service project or a celebratory event. The entire parish is invited to join the faith formation families. All are welcome!

Sr. Connie Howe, RSM, Pastoral Associate, Director Faith Formation
Rachel Mosher, Coordinator Faith Formation

How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!
– Pope Francis


Faith Formation Handbook