Our format for Religious Education is a Family Catechesis Program for Grades K-7. We are committed to helping you, parents, share your faith with your children and live out your Domestic Church. When we talk about the Domestic Church, we are referring to your family and to the reality that it is within the context of the family that we first learn who God is and how God loves us. In the Family Catechesis Program, we will walk alongside you as you share the Catholic faith with your children.
We offer a two-part program that includes 1) weekly at-home family lessons (begins end of September) – along with 2) a once a month in-person class for families, where children will be divided into grade level groups for their lesson as well as a topic of learning and discussion for parents. Sometimes (like this October) there are two in-person classes in a month. There will also be (highly encouraged) family gatherings once a month that will include faith, fellowship, fun, and/or service.
For the in-person lessons, you will be asked to choose one of these sessions:
Tuesdays 4:30 – 6PM; Tuesdays 6:30 – 8PM; or Wednesdays 5 – 6:30PM.
In-person classes for SPANISH Religious Education: Saturdays 10 – 11:30AM. For students who have not yet prepared for or received First Holy Communion.
Here is a quick summary of our Family Catechesis program format:
The Family Catechesis program will have everything you (the parent) need to lead a brief, once a week, faith-based discussion with your family (with activity and/or video components).
- The weekly at-home family lessons will be based on the Sunday Gospel readings. Each week’s lesson – which is comprised of the Gospel reading, a reflection (short reading with something to think about), a few discussion questions, and an activity and/or video link. You might glance at the lesson ahead of time – there may be something to prepare for the activity (like ingredients for a recipe – or picking up a couple simple supplies you may already have on hand). These lesson plans will be distributed at the in-person family classes. Or you may choose to access these lessons on your Google classroom. Each family will access a Google classroom online to upload a picture of the family or kids going over the lesson or completing an activity together. This will be your accountability (attendance) for the at-home lessons.
- This will not be a complicated lesson. The idea is to encourage family understanding of the Sunday Gospel readings and a closer connection to our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Mass each week. You choose when to go over the lesson for that week, with lessons “due” on the Sunday for those readings. It is flexible and “simple” – yet profound – as it will allow for learning and growing together as a family. Thereby building your “domestic church” – which is within your household.
- When we come together for the monthly in-person family lesson, the parent(s) will drop the children off at their designated classroom and head over to the Davidson Center (first building on our property) to get the same lesson/discussion as the children – only at an adult level. Here you will also be given tips and ideas for successful and meaningful at-home lessons with the kids. At the end of the session, you will walk back to your child’s classroom for pickup.