Religious Education

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Religious Education year!

Letter from the Director of Religious Education – Mary Hart

Advent Family Night 2016 click to view:

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Advent-Family-Night

 

Sixth Grade Youth Living Out The Gospel Message of Jesus Christ

Lawn-Raking grade 6 youth

Outreach Programs

Faith Aid Kits grade 2 youth class project

Grade 2 students with their faith aid kits

Whats inside the faith aid kits

 

 

Religious Education Registration Form: 2016-2017 Registration Form

Religious Education Calendar 2016-2017: 2016-2017 Calendar

Religious Education Volunteer Form: Volunteer Form

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Sunday School:

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.

Grades 1-5:

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. Parents and students are encouraged to visit the website: www.faithfirst.com for additional activities and games for each grade level.

Communal Prayer:

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.

Grade 6:

This grade level will be focusing on the topic of Discipleship. In addition to studying the curriculum the sessions will include group discussion, service projects and presentations. Students are catechized in a large group setting with parents present at sessions twice a month.

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 Harcourt Religion 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.