Middle School Religious Education

Religious Education for Middle School Grades 6, 7 and 8 has three options for the 2017 – 2018 year!
Summer Summit; Religious Ed Large Group (Monday’s [Session 1] or Tuesday [Session 2] options);  & Family Home Study
Please find the schedule for Summer Summit Here: Summit Syllabus 2017 with details for parents
Please find the schedule for the Relgious Ed Large Group sessions 1 and 2 Here: Schedule for Middle School 2017 2018

First is what we call Large Group Religous Ed and it’s the traditional school year model of formation that includes dynamic social faith sharing and Catechist led instruction. Sessions are held on Monday evenings from September through April from 6:30 to 7:30PM or on Tuesday evenings September through April 4:45-5:45PM.  Registration for the year long  sessions is included on the Faith Formation Registration.  Currently registered children and youth in grades pre-school through 7 have registration packets available for pick up at the Welcome Center in church during Mass times.  Youth that will register for the first time at St. Mark’s should contact Maria or Sheila in the Office of Faith Formation to get a packet. Please email or call 443-981-3190 for more information.
The second option is called Summer Summit and it runs during the summer for 5 consecutive days from 8:45am to 3pm.
St. Mark Summer Summit offers 6th, 7th, and 8th graders a chance to fulfill their annual requirement of participation in a formal religious education program during one full week in the summer! 2017 Summit was held July 17th through July 21st. The assessment following the Summer Summit is required for successful completion of the program by September 30th.
What is Summer Summit?
4 full days of catechetical sessions with dynamic guest speakers from around the Archdiocese of Baltimore. They will make our Catholic Connections a real life adventure!
So what happens on the 5th day?

The 5th day (not necessarily Friday) will be a field trip to an active service learning site.
What is the difference between Large Group Religious Ed and Summit?
The main difference is that the entire catechesis that is offered throughout the year will be completed in 5 consecutive days during the summer. Summit will have 20 hours of catechetical sessions, 4 daily Mass experiences and 5 hours of social time/ fellowship. Summit participants will have professional youth ministry staff and clergy serve as presenters throughout the summer.
Why are we offering two options of middle school faith formation?
The social aspect of both our Large Group Religious Ed and Summit gatherings is key to nurturing disciples among our youth! Many of our middle youth have conflicts with family, extracurricular activities and homework which causes them to miss the Sunday night sessions often. We also want to encourage greater participation in Mass and parish life throughout the year and don’t want your family to miss any opportunities because you are overwhelmed with balancing the various demands you encounter during the academic year. It also helps us to limit the number of participants in each with the hope of offering more effective large group experiences for the middle school youth, peer and Core team!
Is there a difference in tuition?
Yes, to help offset the costs of the field trip and the presenters the Summer Summit will require a $50.00 per child increase.
How do I register?
You will find a space to register for the Middle School
Summer Summit on the normal religious education registration form.

In both options of formation The Catholic Youth Bible and a Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers from St. Mary’s Press will be used.