Religious Education Program
(updated July 23, 2020)
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.
Grades K-5 FAMILY MODEL
This is a wholistic model of sharing the faith for parents who seek to make concrete faith connections in every area of family life. There is a Zoom meeting for parents only on the first Sunday of the month from 8:30 am – 9:15 am. On the fourth Sunday of the month (usually it is the 4th) the whole family will meet at the church from 10:45 – 12 noon (if allowed).
GRADES K–5 HYBRID IN PERSON/ONLINE AS NEEDED
This is the program that most of you are used to, the difference being that if we must go online for a time, you will be accompanied by a catechist who will meet with you on an online platform every other week during class time. For this model we will use Loyola Press’ new 2021 version of Finding God texts and Venture flyers.
GRADES 1-5 FULLY ONLINE (no online for Kindergarten at this time)
This is a fully home-based option with an online program called Catholic Faith Delivered. It is dynamic and family friendly and we are able to track your progress. It will not be necessary for you to come in for assessments, but we will have two family sessions during the year (if allowed).
Students must spend two years in the religious education program and be in at least the second grade in order to be eligible to receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Parents attend 4 sessions for each sacrament with their children.
SPECIAL AND SEASONAL PROGRAMS
(Temporarily on hold)
Vacation Bible School
VBS offers a unique experience for children and teen leadership. Held end of June from 9 am – 11:45 am.
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 before Lenten Fish Friday.
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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