Pope Saint John Paul II stated,
“… the future of the world and of the Church passes through the family.”
Our St. Mary’s Parish supports families through our Parent and Child Education – Counseling Ministry. Our goal is to increase confidence and enjoyment of parenting by providing up-to-date education in the areas of physical, mental, emotional, social, creative, and spiritual development. Programs are offered in a supportive and friendly atmosphere where parents are able to meet peers to learn, pray, share feelings and concerns, and develop friendships.
Expectant Parents’ Masses – Sunday, October 2, 2016 at the 9:45 AM Mass and one weekend in May. Click here for flyer
Children’s Blessing – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12 noon, in St. Mary's Church.
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Nurturing with Joy for Our Babies on Tuesday afternoons, from 2:30 to 3:30pm beginning September 20, 2016 , at the Parenting Ministry Office, across the street from the Church. Click here for flyer
Nurturing with Joy for Our Toddlers and Preschoolers on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00am beginning of Septembe 14, 2016 in St. Mary's Chapel, on Bedford Ave. Click here for flyer
1 to 5 Parenting Program – This new program, which is scheduled to be released in October 2016, is for parents of children from 1-5 years of age (also offered with parenting counseling for individual parent and/or couples). Click here for flyer
Christian Active Parenting – This program for parents of children from 5 to 12 years of age, will begin on September 21, 2016 at 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at St. Mary's Chapel on Bedford Ave (also offered with parenting counseling for individual parent and/or couples). Click here for flyer
Active Parenting of Teens - This program is for parents of teenagers and will be scheduled for 2017 (also offered with parenting counseling for individual parent and/or couples). Click here for flyer
Active Parenting, 4th Edition, and Active Parenting of Teens program can be previewed at www.activeparenting.com .
Active Parenting 4th Editiion Online and Active Parenting of Teens Online Programs are available at anytime at www.activeparenting.com
Topics presented in the Active Parenting Programs include: choosing to be an active parent; encouraging our children’s self-esteem, courage and responsibility; understanding our children’s behavior and redirecting misbehavior with effective discipline; developing family problem solving with cooperation and communication; and family spirituality.
Bereavement Programs for Children, Teens, and Their Parents: We are preparing this program and will give more information as it develops. There are Abbey Press CareNotes on the Parenting Ministry table in the back of St. Mary’s Church, covering all Bereavement Topics for all ages. We also have a large selection of bereavement books and CDs in the St. Mary’s Grief Library, at St. Mary’s Office. Our St. Mary’s Priests, Deacons and Catherine are all available to help you.
Two New Programs:
Divorce Care- This program is for parents separated or divorced. The Parent Information Meeting for both programs will be on Tuesday evening , October 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish office. This meeting is for parents only. This program will begin on Tuesday evening, October 25, 2016. Click here for flyer
Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K)- This program is for children who have parents who are separated or divorced. The program will begin on Tuesday evening, October 25, 2016 in the Parish office. Click here for flyer
St. Mary’s Resource Library – Spirituality, Parenting, Child Development, Grief/Bereavement, Divorce, Addictions, and Self Esteem for Adults and Children, …
Catherine Cwiakala, LMSW, our Parenting Ministry Director, leads all the above programs. Catherine also provides parent counseling and play therapy for children. For more information and/or to sign up for a program, please call Catherine at the Parenting Ministry Office, at 896-6400.
Catherine E. Cwiakala, LMSW
Parent Counseling * Child/Parent Play Therapy
Educational Group Leader * Parenting Ministry Director
103 Jackson Street, PO Box 780, Fishkill, NY 12524
Phone: (845) 896-6400 Fax: (845) 896-4575