Welcome to the 2020-2021 St. Mark Religious Education Year!
Religious education in the parish of St. Mark is a ministry dedicated to the faith development of your child. Our mission is to support parents as the primary educators of their children in the ways of our Catholic faith and to strengthen your partnership in the parish community. We accomplish this mission through worship, prayer, catechesis, service and fellowship.
Discover! Finding Faith in Life curriculum is used in grades 1 through 5. Each child will receive their own Discover Kit, containing everything they need for their faith journey. Children will dive into Bible stories in their own Catholic Children’s Bible to encounter Jesus through the stories and people of scripture. Then, they connect the Bible story and hand-on activity with Catholic doctrine through age-appropriate prayers, puzzles, and challenges in their Activity Book. In addition, families will receive access to online, interactive eLearning lessons for children to use at home.
Beginning with grade 6 and continuing through grade 9, young people in the parish cover the following subjects: The Creed, Sacraments, Church History, Morality, Scripture, Jesus in the New Testament, Theology of the Body (TOB) and Prayer.
At all grade levels in addition to the course work, woven throughout the year are opportunities for prayer experiences, fellowship and service in the community.
(On Hold 2020-21) Sunday School: The Sunday School program meets twice a month during the 10:00 am Liturgy in the school building. Through Scripture stories and fun learning activities, children ages 3, 4 and 5 explore their relationship to God through Jesus.
In the parish of St. Mark the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are typically celebrated in the second grade if the child has completed the first grade level of faith formation in a parish or catholic school.
Grades 7-9 and Confirmation Requirements:
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
The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the spring of the sophomore year of high school. The immediate preparation program requirements include:
- Attending Mass every weekend; the practice of daily prayer
- Completion of all coursework for previous grades
- Attendance at the retreat and all scheduled sessions
- Meeting with or contact your sponsor at least once a month
- Participation in scheduled service experiences and completion of assigned work
- Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Confirmation
- Interview at the parish
Grades 1-9 will 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 at times for the different grade levels. Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to participate. Youth have the opportunity to proclaim the Word of God and participate in other ways in the prayer.
EVENTS THAT TAKE PLACE THROUGH OUT THE YEAR!
Youth Living Out The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ
NCIS – Neighborhood Catholics in Service
Faith Aid Kits grade 2 youth class project
Faith – Fun – Friends