Welcome!  During COVID time our Religious Education programming is limited because of space constraints and a shortage of volunteers. For 2021-2022, only second (First Communion) and tenth (Confirmation) graders are being taught.

Fr. Matt is looking for volunteers to help plan the RE programming for the future.  Dates and times for meetings on this have not been set at this time.  An assessment of what parents and children are looking for, and what has been helpful or unhelpful for them in the past will be discussed.  Perhaps revamp the textbook style of education to more of an active/hands on approach focusing on service, prayer/prayer styles, interacting with others. If interested in helping, please contact the parish office - e-mail stmaryparish@mwt.net or call 608/637-7711.

Confirmation 2022Beginning January 30, 2022, Confirmation class is being held on Sundays following the 10:30 AM Mass.  No class Easter Sunday.

Confirmation Retreat - Divine Mercy Sunday, April 24, 2022, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

1) Student has been encouraged to share this retreat with their Sponsor or a parent, and it is their responsibility to get to the retreat.  We can meet at St. Mary's parking lot at 9:30 AM if they want to follow us to the Shrine.  Retreat itinerary:

Divine Mercy Sunday: Apr 24

10:00 am - Devotionals (Optional) Hike up to the Stations of the Cross & Rosary Mysteries trails:  quiet & reflective in camaraderie. Bring a bag lunch & drink or stop into the on-site Cafe to grab something to go.

12:00 pm - Arrival, Meet at Visitor Center
12:15 pm - Walk Uphill to Church, dropping off lunches in the church basement (Crypt)
12:30 pm - Confessions
1:00 pm - Mass
2:15 pm - Personal Lunch (Crypt)
2:30 pm - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Optional if brief lunch)
2:45 pm - Divine Mercy Reflection & Consecration led by Cardinal Burke
3:00 pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet led by Cardinal Burke
3:15 pm - Benediction & Reposition
3:30 pm - Downhill to VCC (Candle Chapel) learn about the stained glass windows
4:00 pm - Departure, Shrine Closes

2) Confirmation will be on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6:30 PM.  Fr. Matt will provide details on time and expectations during our final class on May 1.

1st Communion 2022If your family includes a 2nd grader and you believe them ready to receive Communion, please contact our parish office immediately.  We need the following information:  Please fill out an RE Registration Form from our website or the Atrium.  If your child was baptized at another parish, please provide the name and location of the parish and date of baptism.

1) 1st Communion Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 AM - 1 PM. Meet in the church. A lunch will be provided in Marian Hall.

2) The Sacrament of 1st Communion will be celebrated Sunday, May 1, 2022, during the 10:30 AM Mass.

N.B.  No 1st Communion certificates will be prepared unless specifically requested by the family. Banners are welcome but will be prepared by individual families.

Mission:

To TEACH the faith.

To PREACH the gospel.

To LIVE as Christ lived.

At Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary students are invited to meet Jesus. We hope students and families enter the building and immediately experience the power of the Holy Spirit alive in our building! We hope to provide an environment that is uplifting, encouraging, Jesus- centered, service-oriented, and FUN!  Our vision is that students will have more and more opportunities to experience Jesus outside the classroom. Join us on this journey!