Religious Education Overview
Our Mission: To Form Disciples of Christ
Educación Religiosa Pagina in Español
Religious Education 2023-2024
Religious Education at St. Joan of Arc is a weekly program that helps family members grow as disciples of Christ together. We are excited to walk with parents as they live out their vocation to center their family on Christ. We look forward to supporting parents in helping their children learn the truths of the Catholic faith in order to grow in relationship with Jesus within the context of the parish community.
Registration for Religious Education for the upcoming year is available until September 6, 2023. Please email Laura Gallant at email@example.com to make an appointment for registration. Please bring your child’s Birth certificate and Baptismal certificate along with a form of payment to the registration meeting.
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.
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.
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