Religious Education

About Religious Education

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Who may participate?

Those in Pre-K through Grade 12 who are baptized and in need of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation & First Eucharist, may register.

How to start

  • Read the following information thoroughly.
  • Stop by the parish office for a registration packet at the time of registration which is usually June-August.
  • Complete packet as instructed and call for an interview with Claudia Rodriguez Facilitator of Religious Education.

Fees

  • $80 for the first child
  • $130 for two children
  • $155 for three or more children
  • $50 per child for children seeking sacraments who are concurrently enrolled in a Catholic (must be approved and parents must provide their own teaching manual if we do not have extras).
  • $190 per child for out-of-parish students.

Fees need to be paid in full at the time of registration unless otherwise arranged.

Religious Education Registration

Registration packets will be available in the parish office, and right here depending on the sacrament you desire your child to receive. The packet should be filled out completely and returned by appointment before the registration deadline announced in Mass and in the bulletin each year.

Required Documents

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Parent’s Church Marriage Certificate or one of the following: baptismal, confirmation, or First Communion Certificate.

Please Note: The Registration Packet must be complete at the time of your registration appointment, or you will be unable to register. It is important that all copies of required documents be submitted at the time of registration.

Religious Education Process Overview

Where does my child belong in the Religious Education process?

We have a 2 year Sacrament process designed to help entire families grow in their Catholic faith together. Below you will find an outline of our 2-year program through which they will receive Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion.

First Year: Parent & Child Evangelization & Catechesis

During the First Year students will be preparing to receive Reconciliation and the focus of the year is on Jesus and how He is our life.

They will be tested on the following prayers: Glory Be, Hail Mary, Our Father, and Act of Contrition along with their 10 Commandments, their understanding of sin (venial and mortal; Adam and Eve), grace, the seven sacraments, prayer, the prophets, what is a covenant and who they understand Jesus to be in their lives.

All students are tested on their prayers during class and towards the end of the year must participate in an interview with their catechist or program facilitator, coordinator, or director. They must be able to respond to questions on topics listed above as well as demonstrate an understanding of the sacrament they will be receiving.

All incoming parents desiring sacramental preparation for their child are required to attend adult faith formation sessions which take place at the same time as their child’s class. All classes meet weekly for ninety minutes, and at least one parent is expected to attend regularly. Dates and times of classes will be provided upon registration.

Click below for Registration Packet for Reconciliation and interview questions for Reocnciliation.

Reconciliation Packet Reconciliation Interview Questions

Second Year: Parent & Child Evangelization & Catechesis

During the second year of Religious Education students are preparing to receive Confirmation and First Communion. The focus of the classes is in showing the students how to live a life with Jesus.

This group of students is tested on all the previously learned prayers at the beginning of the year and then during the second half of the year will be tested on the Creed. For their interview they must be able to show their understanding of the sacraments they are going to receive including what are the precepts of the Church, the importance of the Eucharist, Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Mass, Mother Mary.

You will also need to help them complete 10-20 hours of community service and help them choose a Confirmation Name.

Parents will continue with their own weekly classes.

Click below for Registration Packet for Confirmation and First Eucharist (Communion) and interview questions for Confirmation-First Eucharist.

First Communion/Confirmation Packet First Eucharist/Confirmation Interview Questions

Please Note:

It is the parent’s responsibility to fully prepare the student for their prayer assessments and interviews during both years. Here you will find a copy of the interview questions. Please check regularly for updates.

Our program is a 2 year program but a child may need more time and when necessary there can be a delay in the reception of the sacraments to better help prepare the child.

Why Parent Classes?

The Church is very clear about the importance of parent involvement in the religious formation of children. In fact, the Church tells us: “Parents are the first and most important educators of their children, and they also possess a fundamental competency in this area: they are educators because they are parents.”

Therefore, it is the parents’ express responsibility to introduce their child to the person of Jesus Christ and to help foster an intimacy with Him as they grow and mature. St. Joan of Arc is dedicated to assisting parents in fulfilling this most important of tasks. Therefore, at least one parent is required to attend a weekly adult formation classes of their own during all years their child is enrolled in Religious Education.

Over the years we have seen families forming community because of the parent classes and this is part of our vision. We want all families to see St. Joan of Arc as their home, a community filled with the opportunities to really deepen our relationship with each other as we deepen our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

For Unbaptized Children

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children-RCIC process adopts an initiation model to prepare children of catechetical age to be initiated into the Catholic Church. The process involves the entire family and culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.

The RCIC process, as it is similar to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, mirrors the adult catechumenate in structure, scope and rigor; however, the content is intentionally suited to the abilities of younger participants. RCIC is usually a one year process that prepares and initiates children into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. RCIC is marked by the seven distinct stages detailed below.

Step 1: Contact Claudia at 602-867-9171 x309 for an appointment.

Step 2: The first part of RCIC is called the Inquiry phase and it is during this time that the child and his family begin to encounter the person of Jesus Christ in an intimate way; establishing a relationship with Him that will hopefully last a lifetime. Inquiry is also a time to ask questions, to receive the good news of Jesus Christ, and open the way for spiritual growth.

Step 3: At the Rite of Acceptance, those who are ready may enter into a deeper relationship with the Church and begin their formal preparation for the sacraments of initiation within the Catechumenate.

Step 4: It is true that we cannot properly love whom we do not know, the Catechumenate helps us to come to know Christ more intimately by way of a more systematic and rigorous understanding of the Deposit of Faith. This period can be between one and two years, depending upon your child’s spiritual growth.

Step 5: In the days leading up to the celebration of Easter, the members of the Catechumenate will enter into a period of intensive preparation. Those to be received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, are immersed in the Church’s prayers and love, so as to further prepare themselves for a fruitful reception of the Sacraments of Initiation.

Step 6: The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter. For the un-baptized, the sacraments are celebrated at the Easter Vigil by the Bishop or his delegate.

Step 7: The final phase of the catechumenate is called Mystagogia. This phase leads participants to reflect more deeply upon the mysteries previously covered in their time of formation at the parish. This time also corresponds to the seven weeks between the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter, to the great celebration of Pentecost. It is during these weeks that the newly baptized (or neophytes) will take a closer look at the special gifts God has given them in Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, as well as how these gifts will inevitably impact their lives.

Click below for Registration Packet for RCIC and interview questions for RCIC.

RCIC Packet RCIC Interview Questions