At St. Mary’s Church, we believe that religious education is a lifelong process and that parents are the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. As the Catechism of the Catholic Churchsays so beautifully,
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents” (Catechism, 2226]).
Our responsibility as a parish church is to support parents in their role as the primary teachers and evangelists of their families. Through our full range of Religious Education programs, we seek to give the children in our care the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to become faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus.
Structure of Programs:
Preschool Classes Ages 3 & 4
Birthdates between 1 June 2013 – 1 June 2014
Sunday morning 9:00 am — 10:15 am
September — April
New this year is our use of the “Who I Am” Image of God series by Ignatius Press. Each week’s lesson flows from the good news of the Sunday Gospel and entails an activity which helps students put the Gospel to work in their lives.
Religious Education Grades 1st – 8th
Wednesday evening 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
September — April
These grades use the Ignatius Press Faith and Life series.
Religious Education Contact
Director of Religious Education