Welcome to the 2018-2019 Religious Education year!
Theme “Gathering Witnesses for Jesus Christ”
The Sunday School program meets during the 10:00 am Liturgy in the school building, during the Religious Education year. It consists of classes taught by catechists for children ages 3, 4, and 5. Through Scripture stories and visual learning activities, children explore their relationship to God through Jesus.
Sessions meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. They are taught by catechists of the parish. Materials used provide a balance between doctrine, Scripture and the liturgical year. Children have homework assignments as well as tests to check their progress. The expectation is that they learn formal prayers such as: The Sign of the Cross, Our Father and Hail Mary in the home. Handbook being used is Be My Disciples by RCL Benzinger. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the website: BeDisciples.com for additional activities and games for each grade level.
Sessions meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. They are taught by catechists of the parish. The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers offers great guidance and aims to help young teens learn about all the central aspects of the Catholic faith, including God, Revelation, Faith, Jesus the Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Liturgy and Sacraments, Christian Morality and Justice, and Prayer. The book contains many special features and sidebars, including: Live It, Pray It, Did You Know, Fun Facts, Illustrations, People Of Faith, Think About It, Liturgy Connections, Looking Back. Handbook being used is The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers by St. Mary’s Press.
Children in grades 1-6 gather in the church building for prayer; at the beginning of the year, during Advent and Lent, and at the close of the year. Communal prayer is also held for each grade level. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate. Children have the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God and participate in other ways, in the prayer.
In the Parish of St. Mark, we will celebrate the Sacrament in the spring of the sophomore year. Beginning with the Seventh Grade, young people in the parish cover nine topics from the series called Crossroads, published by Brown-Roa Publishers. This text is correlated with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Topics covered are as follows:
Grade 7: Commandments, Sacraments, Church History
Grade 8: Morality, Apostles Creed, Theology of the Body
Grade 9: Old Testament, Jesus in the New Testament, Prayer
Information that follows concerns general expectation regarding Confirmation:
1. Regular participation in Sunday Eucharist.
2. Successful completion of topics that are prescribed, with no more than two absences for each topic. Topics are covered in eight sessions.
3. Celebration of Rites of Choice, Renewal and Commitment.
4. Participation in a Spiritual Retreat in the fall when Confirmation is celebrated.
5. Participation in an interview by a Parish Staff member prior to Confirmation.
EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE THROUGH OUT THE YEAR!
Sixth Grade Youth Living Out The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ
Faith Aid Kits grade 2 youth class project