Catechesis is a word given to the totality of the Church's efforts to make disciples, to help people believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life. In this way, the Church is built up in every generation. Parents are the first and primary catechists (teachers of the faith) for their children. Through example and instruction, they show them the value and beauty of a faith lived as part of our daily lives.
Our Parish Religious Education Program is designed to assists the parents who, at the baptism of their child, took the first steps in their family's faith journey. The Church promised at that same baptism to foster an environment of faith in its worship and parish community life. That is the purpose of the Religious Education Program - to assist parents in an active catechetical process to nurture and sustain the Catholic faith in our parish family.
First Communion Preparation
The process for preparing youngsters to receive first Holy Communion requires two years.
For first year students the fee is: $80
For Second year students the fee is: $90
For returning students who have made their First Communion the fee is: $70
Our Religious Education program begins in September and ends in the middle of May.
We meet on Saturday mornings from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
January 14 - Reconciliation Retreat
February 15 - 1st Reconciliation (all grades) 7 p.m.
February 22 - 1st Reconciliation (St. Dominic´s elementary) 7 p.m.
March 11 - Eucharist Retreat
March 18 - RE Confessions
May 13 - 1st Communion
"...catechesis is built on a certain number of elements of the Church's pastoral mission which have a catechetical aspect, that prepare for catechesis, or spring from it.
They are: the initial proclamation of the Gospel or missionary preaching to arouse faith; examination of the reasons for belief; experience of Christian living; celebration of the sacraments; integration into the ecclesial community; and apostolic and missionary witness."
Catechesi Tradendae, #18