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Religious Education 2020-2021

Below are the rules and expectations for the program as well as the content that the children need to know over the course of 2 years. Feel to use these as reference and for practice.

Rules and Expectations
Prayers, Questions, and More

This year for Religious Education, we have a brand new program that helps families learn together. We are excited to have this opportunity to help develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the truths of the Catholic faith from their parents and grow in relationship with Jesus as a family.

For the Religious Education 2020-2021 Calendar, click here.

Parent Class

We will be posting the Powerpoint each month from the Parent Class so that you can use it as a reference as you go through "A Family of Faith" with your children at home.

Homeschooling and Catholic School Prep

Homeschoolers and children attending Catholic schools must also follow these guidelines.

  1. The children must be registered with the RE program at St. Joan of Arc.
  2. The children must attend the retreats at St. Joan of Arc.
  3. The children must pass the interview and meet the standards of St. Joan of Arc.
  4. Reception of the Sacraments of Initiation and Penance will be celebrated in family’s parish of registration.

Interview questions are available upon request from the Coordinator of RE.

Parents are the primary educators of their children and therefore have the right to homeschool their children in the Faith. We support and encourage this at St. Joan of Arc. There are a few conditions that must be met in order for you to homeschool your children they are as follows.

  1. Materials must be on the approved list provided by the Division of Formation and Education. The preferred text will be the one used in the here at St. Joan of Arc. The Coordinator of RE will approve the home program and text.
  2. The Children will follow the Religion Curriculum Guidelines for the Diocese of Phoenix.
  3. The Coordinator will meet periodically with the families to review the progress of the program.

Things to Note

Why Parent Classes?

The Church stresses the importance of a parent’s involvement in their children’s religious formation. 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’ 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.

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.

What is the Age of Reason?

Age of reason is the name given to that period of human life at which persons are deemed to begin to be morally responsible. This, as a rule, happens at the age of seven, or thereabouts, though the use of reason requisite for moral discernment may come before, or may be delayed until notably after, that time. At St. Joan of Arc, we do not allow children to enroll into sacramental preparation classes until they are at least in second grade even if they seem to be of the age of reason because they are developmentally behind those who are in second grade. Other options can be assessed for those special cases.

Fees - Sacrament Classes

Cost For
$80 One Child
$130 Two Children
$155 Three Children
$50 Catholic School Students
$190 Other Parish Fee
$10 Late Registration Fee