Sunday Masses and Faith Formation at
Green Hope High School
2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd. Cary

Jennifer Gurecki
Faith Formation Coordinator

Faith Formation

Mother Teresa Catholic Mission offers Faith Formation programs for youth in grades K-9th/Confirmation Prep as well as Children’s Liturgy of the Word for 4 year olds/third grade.

Registration for the 2017/18 year began in May and closed at the end of July.  Late registration is still possible on a space available basis.  Please email Jennifer Gurecki at Registration fees are: $85 for elementary, $135 for middle school $150 for 9th/Confirmation, and $30 for First Sacraments.

This fee covers most of the costs for school use and supplies. The parish subsidizes the remainder of the program costs and all the staff costs.

All catechists are volunteers. This program is for Mother Teresa Parishioners and registration is limited to MTCM parishioners and families that enrolled in our program in the 2016-17 school year. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered at the parish, stop by the Information Table on Sunday and ask one of the greeters.

2017–18 Faith Formation Calendar

Changes in the 2017-18 program

Our program is no longer a part of St. Michael’s Faith Formation. We’re immensely grateful for the longstanding support from St. Michael’s Church. In the past, we’ve run an off-site version of their program. We won’t be doing this in 2017-18.

While we’ll continue to use the same materials at the elementary level (Alive in Christ from OSV), we will be running our own first sacrament programs and First Holy Communion will take place at Mother Teresa in the spring.

This also means that registrations will be checked against the Mother Teresa Mission Parishioner database. You must be a Mother Teresa parishioner to register. If you filled out a white card and are receiving envelopes you are a parishioner.

Please talk to a welcome table volunteer if you have any questions about your status. Current enrollees (2016-17) will be grandfathered in and will not have their registrations checked.

We’ll be adding middle school (grades 6-8) classes in 2017-18. We’re not calling it “The Edge,” as that is the name of a particular branded series. We’ll be using Catholic Connections from Saint Mary’s Press as the basis of our program and supplementing it with biblical, prayer, catechism and team building activities. Grades 6-8 will meet in session at the same time as Elementary Faith Formation.

We will have two sessions. The first session will run from 9 to 10:15 AM (as we have run our session this year) and will have classes for grades K-8. The second session will run from 10:30 to 11:45 AM for grades 1-8. Each family will be asked to select a preferred session.

We’ll schedule your family together unless you indicate you’d like us to split your children between sessions. In general placement is first come, first served, but there is some preference given to parents who are volunteer catechists. Please register early to receive the slot you desire.

What you ought to know about Faith Formation Registration

We offer Faith Formation for grades K-8. In 2018-19 we intend to further develop our High School Faith Formation and work on developing additional youth programming.

Faith Formation is a family support program offering basic instruction in the Catholic faith. It functions as a supplement to weekly Mass attendance and parental instruction in the faith.

We think this sort of supplemental instruction is an important part of youth faith development. However, we understand that not everyone will choose to attend. The minimum requirements for sacramental preparation are outlined below.

Sacramental Preparation Guidelines

Sacramental preparation (First Reconciliation, First Communion, Confirmation) requires some of this formal, church based instruction. The standard for instruction is two years formal faith formation and a specialized sacramental program before children are eligible for the Sacrament.

Typically, children in the U. S. receive First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in second grade. That means they need to go to first and second grade faith formation (or Catholic School) and receive instruction on the sacrament. This is done through workshops and take-home workbooks in the home parish, not at school.

Some families choose to hold off on Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. We welcome these students. If a second grader who has not completed first grade faith formation comes to us, we generally enroll them in first grade and they travel forward with a slightly younger group until they complete First Holy Communion (in their second grade year). They can then skip a grade and enter the fourth grade in faith formation the following fall.

Older children go through a process called Intermediate Sacramental Prep. A fifth grader with no previous Faith Formation would attend a standard fifth grade class. In sixth grade they would attend a standard sixth grade class. But there would be a take-home book for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion and approximately six workshops (Sunday mornings) throughout the year to do a little additional catechesis typically done in the classroom.

This describes a typical scenario. In truth decisions are made together with the parents to best accommodate the needs of the children.

Confirmation preparation rules are similar to the rules for Reconciliation and Eucharist. In the Diocese of Raleigh students are typically confirmed in the spring of ninth grade or the fall of tenth grade.

The actual Confirmation date is decided by the diocese based on the bishop’s schedule. Some smaller parishes are asked to combine their Confirmation ceremony with larger parishes.

Two years of formal faith formation are required before Confirmation along with a sacramental program. The formal preparation years are typically eight and ninth grade and Confirmation prep largely happens in the ninth grade year. Through Confirmation youth are invited to take an adult role in the church.

The preparation for Confirmation requires more individual responsibility on the part of the youth than does the preparation for Reconciliation or First Eucharist. Sometimes youth are not ready for this in eight and ninth grade and they are welcome to join the process later in high school as well.

We believe that all sacraments will take place at Mother Teresa in the coming year. In the past families have been able to request to have their First Communions at St. Michael’s. We are now separate communities and we will not be honoring those requests in the 2017-18 school year. If you would like to have your First Communion at St. Michael’s please register in their Faith Formation program.

If you have additional questions about faith formation registration or would like to volunteer please email Jennifer Gurecki »

First Sacraments

First Reconciliation and First Communion are typically celebrated in 2nd grade. The diocese requires two years of Faith Formation before the celebration of first sacraments. This can either be in a Catholic school or in a faith formation program.

Registration in Mother Teresa’s Faith Formation program is required to be able to receive sacraments at Mother Teresa Mission. Registration typically takes place between May and August, but you should feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions. Please email the coordinator at or call the main office for more details.

For registered families:

Please remember to fill out your data form by October 29, 2017. You may start your data form here »

Please email if you have any questions.


Confirmation is typically celebrated in the spring of 9th grade or the fall of 10th grade.  The diocese requires two years of Faith Formation before the celebration of first sacraments, this can either be in a Catholic school or in a faith formation program.  Sacraments take place in a youth’s home parish, so registration in Mother Teresa’s Faith Formation program is required to receive sacraments at Mother Teresa.  Registration typically takes place between May and August, but you should feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions.  Please email the coordinator at or call the main office for more details.

For registered families:
Please remember to fill out your data form by October 29, 2017.  You may start your data form here »