Welcome to Religious Education for Grades 1-8

Religious Education classes (Levels -8) and the Sacramental Preparation classes (Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation) will be conducted on-site from September, 2021 through April, 2022.  Levels 1-8 classes will be held the first three Tuesdays of the month (unless specified otherwise) from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Little People’s Church (LPC) classes will be conducted the first three Sundays of the month (unless specified otherwise) during the 10:30 am Mass.  Sacramental preparation classes for First Reconciliation/Holy Communion will take place on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00 am – Noon and includes attendance at Holy Mass.  Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program and takes place in Levels 7 and 8 during Tuesday evening classes.  Students will also be participating in experiential activities with Deacon Jim Ernst and Rose Ernst (dates TBD).  Check the 2021-2022 Religious Education calendar for exact dates for your child’s classes.

Curriculum*

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 experiential 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.


Scripture
Sunday readings for the weekend Masses are incorporated into every lesson to assist the students in active and meaningful participation in the liturgical celebration.
 
Music
Each level text is supplemented with a DVD with appropriate songs to be used during Zoom worship services.

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