Religious Education

Sobre La Educación Religiosa

Los Estudiantes de Pre-Kinder hasta el 12 de la preparatoria (high school). Tienen que estar bautizados y necesitados de los Sacramentos de la Reconciliación, Confirmación, y Primera Comunión para registrarse.

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.
  • Complete packet as instructed and call for an interview with Eric Mashue, Facilitator of Children’s Religious Education. He will be available Monday – Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm in the parish office.

Fees

  • $100 for the first child
  • $130 for two children
  • $155 for three or more children
  • $50 Teen Retreat for 7th – 12th grade enrolled in RCIC, Reconciliation and Confirmation
  • $50 per child seeking sacraments who are concurrently enrolled in a Catholic school or if they are approved to be homeschooled (parents must provide their own teaching manual if we do not have extras).
  • $25 per child for Non Sacrament/Post Sacrament classes
  • $190 per child for out-of-parish students.

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

Religious Education Registration

  1. Registration forms are available at the parish office or you may print out the forms below:
    Registration Form & Family Commitment Form
  2. Registration Instructions are available at the parish office or you may print out the forms on the sections below for each session’s required documents for registration.
  3. Complete packet as instructed and call for an interview with Eric Mashue, Facilitator of Children’s Religious Education to register. He will be available Monday – Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm.
  4. Limited space is still available. Deadline to Register is extended to Friday, August 10.

Required Documents

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

Please Note:The Registration Packet must be complete at the time of your registration appointment, or your child 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 in which 3 sacraments will be received by the children.

First Year: Parent & Child Evangelization & Catechesis:  Reconciliation

During the First Year students will be preparing to receive Reconciliation. They will be tested on the following prayers: Glory Be, Hail Mary, Our Father, and Act of Contrition and go through an interview before receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.

All incoming parents desiring sacramental preparation for their child are required to attend an adult religious education class of their own as their children go to their classes.

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.

Registration Instructions for Reconciliation

Second Year: Parent & Child Evangelization & Catechesis: Confirmation and First Communion

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.

Registration Instructions, Sacraments Document Checklist & Confirmation Sponsor Information

Please Note:

It is the parent’s responsibility to fully prepare the student for their prayer assessments and interviews during both years. 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 enrichment class of their own during their child’s enrollment in Religious Education.

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.

Registration Instructions, Sacraments Document Checklist & Confirmation Sponsor Information

Non-Sacrament Classes

Classes will be offered if trained volunteers are available.

Catechists of the Good Shepard (CGS): This is or those children who are preschool – kindergarten and potty trained.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Registration Instructions for PreK-1

Post-Sacrament Registration Instructions