Welcome to Religious Education for Grades 1-8
Religious Education classes (Levels 1 – 8) and the Sacramental Preparation classes (Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation) will all be conducted through Zoom. The classes will be held twice a month for one hour a week on designated Tuesdays September thru April. The catechist will be directing and teaching the class on Zoom and your child will be given a “Be My Disciples” textbook to follow along, read and work on with the catechists. Catechists will be customizing their materials according to their own styles and using other resources. The lessons will include prayer, Scripture readings, and discussions of Catholic doctrine and moral principles.
Be My Disciples, 1-6 — RCL Benziger
Be My Disciples uses a Christ-centered and balanced approach to catechesis with doctrine, Scripture, tradition and spirituality. Leads children and their families to grow in their relationship with Christ, accept the demands of discipleship, decide each day to choose life in Christ, and live as active members of the Catholic Church. The program emphasizes learning and practicing the skills, habits, virtues and spiritual gifts that lead young disciples to higher levels of moral thinking and a deeper initiation into a life of prayer and sacramental celebration.
Be My Disciples, 7-8
Students in Levels 7 and 8 are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be conferred upon them in Level 8. In addition an experimental program will be directed by the Deacon couple, Jim and Rose Ernst for those students in Level 8.
The Be My Disciples process encourages young people to explore all the rich elements of the Catholic faith; to discover Catholic beliefs and teachings; and to decide to follow Jesus through the choices they may. Vital church history and Catholic social teaching are integrated into every unit.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, 2
Reconciliation: Pardon and Peace – RCL Benzinger
This book is Scripture based and includes engaging story in each lesson that connects with Scripture to invite children to a living relationship with God’s word. Family involvement is encouraged at every step, and a Little Catechism provides a review of basic Catholic doctrine. It focuses on God’s willingness to forgive and love us even when we fail him.
Eucharist: We Give Thanks and Praise
This book explores the meaning of rituals, symbols, gestures, and prayers to promote active participation. This program is designed to touch the heart as well as the head, engaging children using story, Scripture, doctrine and prayer. Each lesson begins with an engaging story that connects with Scripture to invite children to a living relationship with God’s word. Family involvement is encouraged at every step, and a Little Catechism provides a review of basic Catholic doctrine.
*The Be My Disciples series includes an E-books supplement that reinforce concepts presented in the text book.
Sunday readings for the weekend Masses are incorporated into every lesson to assist the students in active and meaningful participation in the liturgical celebration.
Each level text is supplemented with a DVD with appropriate songs to be used during Zoom worship services.