Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Religious Education Programs (REP)

Religious Education For Children

Our parish seeks to help all parishioners know Jesus’ love and grow in faith. REP programs strive to offer participants new insights into the message of Jesus, experiences of Christian Community and awaken a call to Gospel service.

Our intent is to conduct all of our activities in a prayerful, Spirit-filled and loving manner.

March 2017

Preschoolers ages 3, 4 and 5
The program is not available at this time. Previously it was offered during the 10:30am mass in the Notre Dame Building. The teacher would work with the little ones teaching them about God and using a pamphlet series called “Seeds”. The cost was $10 per child and registration forms were available online or email mrobers@stmb.org.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During the 8:00am mass, we offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word for ages kindergarten to 8 years. This program presents the readings of the Mass to the children in a language that they understand. The children will be taken down to Heim Hall and they will return right before the Offertory.

Religious Education for Grades 1 thru 8 Tri-Parish Program
Comprehensive weekly program supports parents in the faith formation of their children. The children meet from 9:15 to 10:15am with their catechist on Sunday mornings from September through April. Our only requirement is that a child must attend a full year of first grade before they can receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Reconciliation Preparation
St. Mary School (SMS) and REP students prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in second grade prior to First Eucharistic. A parent meeting is held to pass on information and materials that the parents will need in helping to prepare their child at home. There is a parish rite of welcome for all First Reconciliation families. The actual celebration of this sacrament takes place in February.

Eucharistic PreparationFirst Communion
SMS and REP students prepare for First Eucharist in the second semester of second grade. We want children experiencing First Eucharist to have a complete understanding of what it is they are receiving, thus preparation for First Eucharist starts the year before they are to receive the sacrament. Parents should have their children enrolled in Faith Formation classes by 1st grade. There is a parent meeting at which information regarding the celebration of the sacrament and instructional materials are given out. Parents are expected to work at home with their children to support the instruction that takes place in the grade school and REP classes. A parish rite of welcome for First Eucharist families is celebrated at a weekend Mass to officially begin the preparation time. The celebration of First Eucharist takes place on the first Sunday of May.

Confirmation Grade 11
Sacramental preparation emphasizes the commitment that young people need to make to follow Jesus in a life-long way. Candidates participate in parish and community service.

Retreats are an important part of every high school student’s faith formation. Day-long and overnight retreats are conducted throughout the year for all students. Confirmation students go on a weekend retreat.

For more information about religious education for your children, please contact our parish office at 262-763-1500.