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 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer! Here are a few things for the 2018-2019 School Year.

Classes will run from September 5, 2018 until May 1, 2019

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.

Oct. 7 & 21
Nov. 4 & 18
Dec. 2 & 16
Jan. 6 & 20
Feb. 3 & 17
March 3 & 17
April 7

The 2018-2019 Religious Education Registration Forms can be found in the back of each Church or you can print the form below.

Religious Ed. Registration Form 2018-2019

Please return the form by putting it in the collection basket, delivering it to the Cluster parish office, or mailing it to the parish office at 403 Sharpsburg Rd.,  Fort Recovery, OH 45846.

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.