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Welcome to Growing Together in Faith (GIFT) in the Apple Valley Catholic Collaborative (St. Isidore, Stow and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Acton/Boxboro

Responding to the Gospel and Pope Francis’ call for a new evangelization, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Isidore parishes use a liturgy-centered, lifelong, and intergenerational approach to Catholic faith formation. For the last 11 years, this has been known as Generations of Faith (GOF).

As we celebrate the collaboration of our two faith communities and recognition of all that encompasses faith formation, the time has come to embrace a name that more closely reflects our mission and practice: Growing in Faith Together. Some of what you will experience in GIFT will be similar to past GOF experiences.  However, we are now able to offer a variety of intergenerational experiences, including shared events in both parishes, collaborative breakout events, and shared liturgical experiences.

Our goal, as always, is to help everyone become a better disciple by integrating faith, worship, and life in light of the Gospel.  We invite you to participate! All are welcome, especially our adults—whether you have children in the program or not! In addition to parents, this includes young adults, single adults, grandparents, empty nesters, and retirees.

GIFT 2018-2019:  Schedule

Saturday @ 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM   -     St. Isidore Church (accessible)
Sunday @ 12:00 noon -2:15 PM -       St. Elizabeth Church Hall
Sunday @ 6:15 PM – 8:30 PM     -       St. Elizabeth Church Hall

Sept. 23 @ 12:00   We Gather Together
Oct. 20 – 21 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Nov. 2  Remembrance Taize Service
Nov. 3       Called and Gifted Workshop
Nov. 17 – 18   Ministry Showcase after all masses
Dec. 1--2   1st Sunday of Advent
Jan. 5 -- 6 Epiphany
March 2-3 8th Sunday in OT.  Preparing for Lent
March 22 6 Hours for the Lord
April 27 – 28 2nd Sunday of Easter

All sessions are open to participants from both parishes.  Session leaders will include staff and volunteers from both communities. The program will be the same for all sessions in both parishes. All begin promptly. Please arrive in time to be ready to pray the table blessing at the starting time. If you are unable to attend your regular session, you may come to any of the other sessions that month, if there is room.  Please contact Barbara Dane at to arrange a switch.


Growing Together in Faith is for EVERYONE: toddlers, retirees, families with children, empty nesters, Confirmation candidates, high schoolers, middle schoolers, singles, couples, new parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, godparents, interfaith families, newcomers, and visitors.