Religious Education Program
The Sunday 3 and 4 Year Old Class
During the 9:30 am Mass 3 and 4 year-olds meet in the children’s classroom and learn the most basic elements about our faith and are nurtured in their childlike spirituality…their Catholic faith.
We have two different options for these grade levels: 1) A “traditional” model of catechist and student, 2) A family model.
All children from grade 2 and up who will be receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion will attend 8 classes on the following dates from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm with their parents. There are no extra charges for these classes and students in the traditional model need not attend their regular classes during these weeks:
December 2, 9 • January 13, 27 • March 22, 29 • April 20, 27
Grades K-5 Traditional Option :Basics of the Faith
Kindergarten: Who is God, Who is Jesus, I am Wonderfully Made
First Grade: Who is the Trinity, Who is Mary
Second Grade: Jesus and What are the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Third Grade: The Church
Fourth Grade: The Commandments and the Moral Life
Fifth Grade: The Sacraments
The Family Option for Grades K – 5
Families come together to class on the first Sunday of the month. Parents learn what they will teach their children on the second and third Sundays of the month at home. Children receive an overview through activities at this time.
Parents teach their children at home on the second and third Sundays of the month.
We gather for a community celebration and review of what we have learned on the fourth Sunday of the month.
The gatherings on Sundays will take place from 10:45 am – 12 noon as well.
Your child(ren) can learn about their faith at home. Home study is an effective way to pass along your relationship with Jesus for two reasons. First, they’re receiving personalized, one-on-one attention. Second, they’re learning from the most important person in their lives: YOU! It employs the same books we use in classes.
Students must spend two years in the religious education program and be in at least the second grade in order to be eligible for sacramental preparation. This process consists of 8 classes offered to all age groups on Monday evenings from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. Parents attend as well. Four classes take place in Dec/Jan to prepare for First Reconciliation and four in March/April to prepare for First Holy Communion. During the weeks that families attend these classes, the children do not need to attend their traditional model religious education classes. The sequence of the family model does not change during this time period.
SPECIAL AND SEASONAL PROGRAMS
Vacation Bible School
VBS offers a unique experience for children and teen leadership. Held end of June.
Children’s Christmas Pageant and Party
On a Sunday afternoon before Christmas, children perform a pageant that recreates the Christmas scene. Our Children’s chior accompanies them in song. A special party follows immediately sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Children’s Station of the Cross
On selected Friday afternoons during Lent, children participate in the Stations of the Cross at church.
May Crowning and End of the school year Party
A tradition at SES! The last week of classes we celebrate with our annual May Crowning and party for the children.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During the 9:30 am Sunday Mass, the children are led to the Adoration Chapel at the back of the church. They listen to Bible readings at their age level and learn to participate in this important part of the Mass. Open to children ages 5-10 years old. Most Sundays during the year.
If your child has not been baptized, please refer to RCIA for Children.
For more information, call Religious Education Office
Patty Mann, Director of Catechetical Ministry, PhD
The Religious Education office is located at the one story Conference Center.
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