Due to COVID-19, we have made a few changes to our Religious Education for the beginning of the year. Every registered family should receive the following papers in the mail sometime during the week of August 23-29. If you do not, please contact the Church office. Below are the papers that were sent:
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
Some great resources for you to access can be found at the following link:
Free Catholic Resources
When it comes to faith formation, a leading example students learn from most is their parents and family. 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 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.