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Religious Education for Grades K-12

RE Religious Education

RE Religious Education

St. John’s offers religious education starting in kindergarten and extending up through 12th grade. Please see the program overview below for full details!

RE begins in September each year, concluding at the end of May.

Enrollment for Religious Education at St. John’s for the 2019-2020 school year has concluded. Please check our website again in June 2020 for registration for the 2020-2021 school year.

Our parish supports our parents and students by providing quality religious education in a nurturing, faith-filled environment in accordance with Archbishop Aquila and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or (USCCB).

Through the cooperative efforts of engaged parents, committed catechists and willing students, it is our goal that together we will help our children grow in their love for God, develop their given talents, and live as strong, morally responsible, engaged Catholic members of our community.

OVERVIEW OF ST. JOHN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

Education and formation in the faith is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child. The Catholic faith has a richness of history, theology, philosophy, and tradition that surpasses every other world religion, and as Catholics we have the privilege and duty to share this richness with our children. In a modern age increasingly hostile to religion, it is vital to take this duty of formation in the faith seriously to truly equip those who will be the future of the Church.

At St. John’s we endeavor to embrace this duty wholeheartedly. While we acknowledge that parents are called to be the first and foremost educators of the faith for their children, we do our best to be thorough secondary educators in the task of sacramental preparation. With these principles in mind, the St. John’s religious education program has the following components:

  • Two year sacramental preparation. Starting in 2nd grade, students may begin a two year sacramental preparation program. At the end of the first sacramental year, students will receive their First Reconciliation. At the end of the second sacramental year, students will receive both First Communion and Confirmation. Students will be sorted into classes based on age and sacramental year (Ex: 2nd-3rd grade 1st Sacramental year, 6th-7th grade 2nd sacramental year, etc.). These classes take place every Sunday from 9 am – 10:15 in the basement of the church.

 

  • Parental Faith Formation. For all parents of students in a sacramental year, a parental faith formation element is also required. The purpose of this requisite is two fold: one, to increase the parents knowledge so as to empower them as the primary faith educators of their child, and two, to help deepen the parent’s faith and relationship with Christ.

 

  • Mass Attendance Requirement. For all students in a sacramental year, mass attendance every Sunday and Holy Day is also required. At St. John’s, all sacramental students are issued a passport which gets stamped every Sunday and Holy Day Mass. Only two such masses may be missed in a year before a student’s eligibility to receive their sacraments that year will need to be reviewed. This mass attendance requirement exists not to punish or seek to exert power, but because practicing the faith is essential to learning it. To attend religious education without actively living out the principles of our Catholic faith is akin to studying the principles of basketball without ever playing the actual game. Such manner of learning does not lead to engagement in the faith. Mass is the cornerstone of practicing the Catholic faith, and as such is built into our religious education curriculum as a requirement, so as to fully encourage children and families to live out the faith the children learn in the classroom.

 

  • Pre-sacramental and post-sacramental classes. Prior to second grade, kindergarten through first grade are also welcome to enroll in our pre-sacramental classes, which focus on basic faith principles, crafts, games, and major bible stories. After receiving their sacraments and completing their 2nd sacramental year, students are encouraged to sign up for a post-sacramental class (topics vary year to year) if they are in 5th or 4th grade, or to join the youth group if they are 6th grade and above.

 

  • Youth Group. For those who have completed sacramental classes and are in 6th-12th grade, we encourage joining the St. John’s Youth Group, which meets on Sunday evenings from 5pm-7pm, and features dinners, games, and small groups every night.

 

  • Registration. Registration for RE occurs throughout the month of June every year, and can be found by going to https://johnthebaptist.org/ministries/faith-formation/elementary/ and clicking the link to register. Please be prepared to upload a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate, as well as pay online ($50 for one child, $100 for two or more).

 

If you have any questions about our religious education program, are interested in assisting as a volunteer or catechist, please email me at daniellec@johnthebaptist.org.

God bless,

Danielle Coon

Director of Faith Formation

All candidates preparing to receive Confirmation need to have a sponsor. Our sponsor form can be found by clicking the button below. Similarly, our letter of confirmation from your pastor verifying that a sponsor is a practicing Catholic can also be found below.