Friday, July 21, 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.

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.

Tri-Parish (St. Charles, St. Joseph and St. Mary) Religious Education offers the following religious programs for students Kindergarten through Grade 11 (includes Confirmation preparation).

Option 1:
Sunday morning religious education for grades Kindergarten thru 8th grade held at St. Mary. This program runs from September thru the first two weeks in April. The classes begin at 9:15 a.m. and end 10:15. Classes for Grades 1 thru 8 are held in the Grade School and Kindergarten is held in the Notre Dame Building. Drop-off for the children is on the grade school program and parents are expected to pick up their child if they are in Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade. Sunday Morning Class Calendar

Option 2:
Family Life Program is for Kindergarten through Grade 11 (includes Confirmation Program) and is held at St. Charles running from September thru March on the first and third Sunday. Mass is said at 4:00PM; 5:00PM light supper; 5:30 to 6:30PM religious education at appropriate to age and program of interest to parents; and from 6:30 to 7:00PM an intergenerational program related to our Faith. Family Life Class Calendar

> Download Registration Form or complete the form online: Tri-Parish Religious Education Online Registration.

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.