Religious Education & Formation


Liturgy of the Word for Children

Children ages Pre-K through 2nd grade are guided through Sunday scripture lessons during weekend Masses, apart from the adult assembly, so that the Word of God can come alive for them at their level. Adults and youth (ages 12 and over) serve on a rotating basis as leaders and assistants. Lessons and materials are provided. Classes are held from August through May and generally follow the school calendar. Safe Environment certification and background check are required for adult volunteers.
For more information, contact Ashley Hayden 270-534-9000 / [email protected]

Paducah Faith Formation

The Faith Formation program provides religious education for parish students in preschool (4-5 years old) through 12th grade who attend public school. Classes are held at St. Mary Elementary School on Wednesdays during the school year from 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm. Catholics in good standing with the Church are needed to serve as catechists and aides. Safe Environment certification and background check are required.
For more information, contact Ging Smith: 270-443-0295 / [email protected]

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) 

This program is available for non-Catholics interested in studying about the Catholic faith.  Adult volunteers are needed to serve as sponsors for candidates, help provide hospitality/refreshments, and other assistance. Additionally, parishioners are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.  For more information click here.
For more information, contact Steve Shoulta: 270-534-9000 / [email protected]

Baptism Sacramental Preparation Classes

Baptism preparation classes are held at the church on the third Sunday of the month for parents preparing to baptize their child.  Adults are needed to serve as class facilitators.  Training and materials are provided.  Facilitators typically teach classes only 3 or 4 times throughout the year; classes are approximately 1 hour long.  This is a wonderful way to share your faith and experience with parents preparing to baptize a child.
For more information, contact Jill Langston: 270-534-9000 / [email protected]

First Reconciliation/First Eucharist Preparation Classes

Sacramental preparation sessions are held for parish children (including St. Mary and public school students) who will be receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time. Three evening sessions are held in the fall for First Reconciliation and four evening sessions are held in the spring for First Communion.  Adult volunteers are needed to assist with class preparations and activities.  The 2018 - 2019 classes will begin in October.  Letters will be sent out with more information in September.  If you do not receive a letter, please contact the office.
For more information, contact Kelly Groves: 270-534-9000 / [email protected]

Confirmation Preparation Classes

Sessions are held once a month and continue until early spring for parish students (including St. Mary and public school students who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.) Volunteers are needed to provide snacks and refreshments, help plan and organize a one-day Confirmation retreat, and/or to serve as a Confirmation sponsor. Sponsors are also asked to attend the monthly meetings.  
For more information, contact:  Kelly Groves: 270-534-9000 / [email protected]