Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life” (Catechesi Tradendae 18).

Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life” (Catechesi Tradendae 13).

Faith Formation (K-12th grades)

Faith Formation classes meet weekly during the academic year on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 until 7:00 pm for Kindergarten through 4th grade at the conference center ending in the Sanctuary for prayer and announcements until 7:15 pm.  5th through 12th grades meet after prayer and announcements at the conference center until 8:15 pm at the parish at the same time. Parents please pick up your child (K-4th grades) at the parish hall at 7:15 pm and children/youth from the conference center at 8:15 pm.

Please contact the office if you have questions at 828-586-9496 or email Luci Castillo at

  • Click here for Diocesan policies, guidelines and permission forms relating to youth education and faith formation.


RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and is the usual process through which a non-Catholic joins the Catholic Church. We have ongoing RCIA catechesis. Contact Mike Ensley at

Click here for more information about RCIA.


Formed is an online platform containing thousands of books, audio talks, movies, documentaries and studies for every member of the family to help them grow closer to Christ and His Church. St. Mary’s parish has an annual subscription, making this content available to parishioners.

  • Go to on your computer or search for “Formed” in the app store on your device.
  • Click SIGN UP.
  • Select “I belong to a parish or organization” and then find St. Mary’s on the list. (Hint: there are many different parishes named St. Mary’s so you can find ours quicker by searching for “Sylva”).
  • Then enter your email and you will have access to all the content.