"The Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit. In the procreation and education of children it reflects the Father’s work of creation." (CCC 2205)
*REGISTRATION for religious education and sacramental preparation classes will be held Sunday, August 14 and Sunday, August 21 in O'Brien Hall after all the morning Masses. Religious education classes begin Sunday, September 11.
VERY IMPORTANT: Children who do not register on the scheduled registration dates need to meet in O'Brien Hall September 11 at 9:00am with their parents to register for class. These registrants will start class the following Sunday.*
Religious Education class times:
1st through 8th grade: Sunday 8:30-9:45 am
Prek4 to Kindergarten: Sunday 10:00-11:00 am
View the 2016-2017 Religious Ed Calendar here.
Sacramental preparation class times:
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion: 8:15 am to 9:45 am on designated Sundays*
Confirmation sessions: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on designated Sundays*
Rite for Christian Initiation for Children: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on designated Sundays*
Location for all classes: Second floor of the Parish Office Building
*Check for designated Sundays on the Sacramental Preparation calendars.
View the 2016-2017 Sacramental Preparation Calendar here.
View the 2016-2017 Confirmation Calendar here.
Welcome to Religious Education!
Dear Parents & Guardians,
Parents are part of our catechist team because you are your child's first catechist. As part of our team we need your assistance and support with the following:
Thank you in advance for your commitment, prayers and support for a successful Religious Education year.
Please contact me at (850) 222-9630 ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Director of Religious Education
All students must be registered in the parish and Religious Education program. If you missed the initial registration, please contact the Religious Education office at 222-9630 ext. 16.
Sacramental Preparation Class
Safe Environment Training
This training is required once a year for all Religious Education children. The Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates this training. The focus is on how the child can keep themselves safe in this ever-changing world. Parents will be notified of the training date. If you do not want your child to participate in the training, you will need to fill out an opt out form that can be obtained from the Religious Education office. Safe Environment resources are shared with parents to keep parents up-to-date on safety issues.
All volunteers who work with children and youth have completed the diocesan screening and training process. Please call Maureen Brown-Muir, DRE, if you are interested in helping with Religious Education, Children's Liturgy of the Word, Nursery and/or Vacation Bible School. 222-9630, ext. 16.
Sickness or Injury
If a child gets sick or hurt, the catechist or assistant will bring the child to the Religious Ed. office. Parent/Guardian or authorized persons will be called and asked to pick up their child in the office. If it is an emergency situation, 911 will be called. Otherwise, the child will be kept in the office until the parent can be contacted.
What to Bring to Class
The children receive a textbook (which is kept in class) and pocket folder. At the end of each lesson, the children will bring home the lesson summary page to review with their parent/guardian. The folder is brought back to the next class. Lost books: Parents are responsible for purchasing replacement textbooks.
What NOT to bring to class
Hats/caps, iPods, toys, costumes, sports equipment, food or drinks, and/or anything that may be distracting during class time. Cell phones may be brought to class but kept in pockets or purses on silent.
Modest attire - dress your Sunday best! No costumes.
The children are expected to:
For the benefit of all children, a child will not be allowed to disrupt the class. If a catechist finds it necessary to remove a child from class to maintain a learning atmosphere, the following steps will be taken:
There is a fee for Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation classes. However, no child will be denied participation in the Religious Education program because of financial issues.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
Those families interested in having their school-age children who are not previously baptized or catechized enter the Church may contact the Religious Education office at (850) 222-9630 ext. 16.