Christian Formation (CCD)

This is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 17:3

Christian Formation is a lifelong process that begins with Christian parents passing on the Catholic Faith to their children. The Church teaches that while parents are the primary moral and spiritual educators of their children, our responsibility as a parish is to support and assist parents in this most important role – evangelists of their families.

The Church reminds us that the role of forming a child in the Faith is of such importance that it must be undertaken with the utmost care and diligence. The School of Christian Formation at St. Mary’s seeks to offer your child a solid formation in the Catholic Faith so that he or she will have both the knowledge and the skills necessary to become a faithful and fruitful disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please note that sacramental preparation for both First Holy Communion and Confirmation are both two-year programs.

2017–2018 Registration

To register for the 2017–2018 Christian Formation school year, please download the appropriate PDF registration form below and return all completed forms with a check to the Parish Office or by mailing them to the following address:

St. Mary Help of Christians Church
Attn: Mary Ellen Jackson (4K-5) or Joan LaBone (6-12)
P.O. Box 438
Aiken, SC 29802

Grades 4K—5

Christian Formation classes (CCD) for Grades 4K through 5 are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:45AM until 11:45AM on the St. Mary’s school grounds.

Grades 4K-5 will continue to use the Faith & Life series from Ignatius Press. Learn more about the Faith & Life series.

For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Jackson, Director of Religious Education, at 803.6494777; email at

Grades 6—12

Christian Formation classes (CCD) for Grades 6 through 12 are offered on Sunday mornings from 9:45AM until 11:45AM. Classes meet in St. Angela Hall. Additionally, we offer Sunday evenings 6:15-7:45PM Christian Formation using the Life Teen program for high school students. Meet in Smith Hall.

Grades 6-12 will use the Chosen: This is Your Catholic Faith 3-year Christian Formation program from Ascension Press. Watch a video about Chosen.

For more information, please contact Joan LaBone, Youth Ministry Director, at 803.649.3049; email at