Religious Education

“Children, obey your parents (in the Lord), for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise, “that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:1-4 

What a wonderful year it has been thus far and there have been so many exciting things happening! Here is just some of the information and we are so excited for this New Year!

ACRE Assessment Information – Please click ACRE Letter to Parents for more information.

Classes run from September 6, 2017 until May 2, 2018

Class times for 1st Session (grades 1-6) will be from 6:00 – 7:15 pm
Class times for 2nd Session (grades 7-12) will be from 7:30 – 8:45 pm

PS/KG classes will be held on the following Sundays during Masses at: St. Paul, Mary Help of Christians and St. Peter.

Dec. 3 & 17
Jan. 7 & 21
Feb. 4 & 18
March 4 & 18
April 8 & 22

The 2017-2018 Religious Education Registration and Medical Release Forms were sent home with the oldest child in each family. If you did not receive these forms or are just beginning to send your children to religious education, please complete and submit the information below.

Parish Religious Ed Registration Form

Parish Medical Release Form

Both forms must be submitted in order for children to attend and can either be dropped in the collection basket, delivered to the Cluster parish office or mailed to the parish office at 403 Sharpsburg Rd.  Fort Recovery, OH 45846.

January 2018 – Religious Ed Newsletter

December 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

October 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

January 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

February 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

March 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

April 2017 – Religious Ed Newsletter

When it comes to faith formation, a leading example students learn from most is their parents and family in general. This is where the first step of religious education begins, in the homes and hearts of children learning from those that greatly influence them. As parents, you are the child’s first catechist and aid in the understanding of their Catholic faith; providing insight on questions regarding the Church, spirituality, Jesus, the Saints and so very much more.

So, what is a catechist and what is catechesis? Catechesis is the Church’s efforts to make disciples, to help people believe in Jesus, instructing them in the Christian way of life. It is one element of the Church’s evangelizing mission. Through Baptism and Confirmation, the Holy Spirit fills members of the Church with a variety of gifts to be used in service to others, thus creating catechists. These men and women are appointed to serve the church in our parish religious education programs.

As catechetical leaders, our teachers continue that instruction in the classroom by aiding students in understanding their Catholic faith and the principles behind it. We delve into spiritual growth from learning about the basic prayers to church history and understanding the Bible on a whole new level. There is always something that can be gained from understanding scripture and the principles we value, but also for students to learn more on their spiritual journey, growing closer to God and delving deeper into their faith.

Curriculum – When it comes to teaching children about the love of Christ and becoming his disciples, we create our curriculum based on the churches’ teachings and standards formed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Every grade evolves as they advance in their teachings and as students gain a greater understanding of the teachings of the Catholic faith.

VIRTUS Training – All priests, deacons, ministers, employees, and volunteers who may or may not have contact with children, young people and individuals at risk as part of their duties are required to complete VIRTUS training. To learn more regarding VIRTUS training and protecting God’s children, please click on the following link www.virtus.org. Remember, even as a volunteer it’s important to become VIRTUS certified, so please contact the parish office if there are any questions regarding your certification. Once certified, please also remember to read your monthly bulletins to continue your certification.