Religious Education Program
The St. Mary’s and Ss Francis and Clare Religious Education Program aims at supporting our parents by offering consistent, developmental, and formal education in the basic life and worship of Catholic Tradition. Emphasis is placed on the life of Jesus, His message, His values and showing us how to live our lives according to Jesus’ teachings. We strive to bring our children to a deeper and more loving relationship with the Lord Jesus. If God’s work truly is our own, then, by fulfilling our responsibilities to these young people and with God’s help, our children will come to this graced relationship with our God. We encourage the involvement of our Religious Education students and families in Parish activities. We look forward to sharing weekend Mass with you. We encourage you to bring your children to as many Parish events throughout the Liturgical, Advent and Lenten Seasons. We believe this participation enables the children to truly experience what it means to be a part of a Parish family.
NEW FOR 2018 – 2019!!!!!!!!!
Religious Education is offered in three (3) faith based programs for members of St. Mary’s Church and Ss Francis and Clare Parish: MONTHLY, WEEKLY, AND HOME STUDY.
Monthly classes – Session A – As of the Fall 2018, we are now offering families the option to attend our Monthly Program in St. Mary’s School. Classes will be on the first Monday of each month with a few changes as necessary. Monthly classes are only available to children in non-sacramental year programs which are those children in 3rd – 6th grade. While your children are attending their classes, one parent will be expected to stay and receive support to guide their child in off week lessons. Monthly classes are for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Weekly classes – Session B, C and D – As of the Fall 2018, we no longer offer Sunday classes. All of our weekly classes are now held Tuesday and Wednesday nights in St. Mary’s School. Your choice of a class commits your child to that day and time for the remainder of the year. Our weekly classes are offered for our 1st – 8th graders. We offer a choice of Tuesday or Wednesday night classes. Classes weekly are for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Home Study – Session E – Available to those families that are practicing Catholics, where travel makes it to difficult to attend class and extreme situations. Students in 2nd and 8th grades may not enroll in this program. Please be advised that Home Study families will have a mandatory parent kick off meeting in the Fall, the children will take four unit tests spread out evenly throughout the year, expected to attend additional parish activities and have a final oral interview in May.
SESSION DAY AND TIMES AVAILABLE:
Session A – Monday Monthly 6:00-7:30PM 3rd-6th grade
Session B – Tuesday Weekly 5:30-6:45PM 1st-8th grade
Session C – Tuesday Weekly 7:15-8:30PM 1st-8th grade
Session D – Wednesday Weekly 5:30-6:45PM 1st-8th grade
Session E – Home Study 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grade
Sacramental Preparation Program
First Penance which provides God’s loving forgiveness will be celebrated in January 2019 for all students entering Grade 2 of our program.
First Eucharist welcomes children to the Table of the Lord, as they receive for the first time the Body and Blood of Jesus. This sacrament will be celebrated for students entering Grade 2 in April and May 2019.
There are required meetings and retreats in conjunction with First Penance and First Eucharist which parents and children are expected to attend.
Confirmation where our Candidates affirm their Baptismal promises and receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated in May 2019 for students entering 8th grade.
There are several requirements which need to be fulfilled in order for Confirmation to be administered. The Candidates will be receiving their “Confirmation Candidates Booklet” in April of 2018 for an in-depth explanation of these requirements. Candidates are expected to participate in weekly and Holy Day Masses in addition to their Religious Education classes, meetings, retreats and community service activities.