Apple Valley Catholic Collaborative

Apple Valley Catholic Collaborative

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Acton/Boxboro)
together with
St. Isidore (Stow)
make up the
Apple Valley Catholic Collaborative

Growing In Faith Together (G.I.F.T.)

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.  Our Growing in Faith Together (GIFT) program is designed to help everyone become a better disciple of Jesus by integrating faith, worship, and life in light of the Gospel.  All are welcome--children, teens, parents, young adults, single adults, grandparents, empty nesters, and retirees.

GIFT utilizes a variety of learning experiences that include large and small groups, intergenerational gatherings, and age specific breakouts.  We are Scripture-based and use a variety of instructional methods to break open the Word including witness and testimony, discussions, media presentations, prayer, Bible study, drama, music, art, and sometimes, even games.

Here is what parishioners had to say about this year’s program!

Our GIFT intergenerational sessions begin with a shared meal. Then we usually have some kind of opening activity that introduces the Scripture reading we will work with throughout the session. For the 2nd half of the session, we often go to breakout sessions where we continue to discuss the faith focus at an age appropriate level.

How are the breakouts structured?

What’s new this year?

You may notice we are not offering a Wednesday evening session this year.  Due to the new Mass schedule, it is now possible to offer a GIFT session after the Saturday 5 PM Mass, the Sunday 10:30 AM Mass, and the Sunday 5 PM Mass. Attending GIFT right after Mass is the best possible formation experience for participants to connect faith, learning, and worship. We are excited to now be able to offer a deeper, more complete experience for everyone!

This year, we will offer a split breakout for K-1, and 2-4 at both the Saturday evening and Sunday noon sessions. It is recommended that all families who have children in the K-4 age range select one of those 2 options. 

The new time for the Sunday evening session is too late for most children in K-4.  In our experience, this is also a time when many middle school and high school students are best able to attend, having completed homework over the weekend. Therefore, although children in K-4 are very welcome to come for dinner and the opening activity on Sunday evenings, we will no longer be offering a K-4 breakout at that session.

How can you find out more about GIFT?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact or visit us!  We’d love to meet you and talk about ways GIFT can work best for your household!

Carmen Giombetti               

978-263-4305 x17


Grade K-4 Families


First Reconciliation

First Penance

Barbara Dane

978-263-4305, ext. 16


Coordinator GIFT

Middle School Grades 5-8

Jim Flanagan

978-263-4305, ext. 23


9-12 Formation


High School Youth Ministry

Diahne Goodwin

978-263-4305, ext. 13


Pastoral Ministries Manager

Pastoral Associate

Adult Faith Formation

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Check out these videos where you can see what GIFT looks like!

Intergenerational Faith Formation


Growing in Faith Together:  The Jubilee Year of Mercy


How do we know intergenerational formation is

good for our kids?



GIFT 2017-18:  Schedule - TBA