Mission Statement : The education comission is responsible for the religious formation and sacramental preparation of all parishioners. It is the liaison between the Parish Pastoral Council and those within the parish structure responsible for the various aspects of total parish religious education.
Provides faith formation and sacramental preparation for the parents of a child who is to be baptized into the Catholic Church. Parents requesting baptism for children who are ages 7 and older, must also enroll them in the Religious Education program for one year prior to the receipt of the sacrament. High school youth and adults seeking baptism should refer to the RCIA section for further information.
Contact Persons: Keith and Eugenia Alvares
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CHILDREN)
Catechizes children and youth in grades 1-10 in the essential truths of our faith and provides the formation for a Christian life of moral living, prayer, and service to others. We have classes for children in Pre-K and K, and for children who have received Communion, but are too young to start preparation for Confirmation. Classes meet on Sundays from 9:30am- 10:50am, starting the second Sunday in September, and ending the first Sunday in May.
Catechists teach religion to approximately 15 children, using the instructional materials provided, enriched by their own experience of Christian life. The four key roles of the catechists are: Story Teller, Teacher-Companion, Leader of Prayer and Witness to the Faith, Justice and Truth.
Assistant Catechists support the catechist by attending to classroom tasks, and monitoring and may be required to substitute as the class catechist on occasion.
Notes regarding Sacrament Preparation: Children must complete the two- year process of religious formation for both First Communion and Confirmation in order to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.
- Children must be at least 7 years old to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion and can start the program in first grade if he/she is mature enough to understand the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and is 6 years old by September 1. Both sacraments are received in the 2nd year, with Reconciliation during Advent in December, and First Eucharist in May or June. Regular attendance at Sunday Mass with the family is mandatory.
- Young people may start the two year process for Confirmation preparation in 6th grade, but must be 12 years before September 1. The sacrament will be received during the 2nd year of preparation in May or June. The young people who will be confimed choose to live a Christian life of service and prayer and commit to ongoing formation and participation regularly at Mass. Regular attendance at Sunday Mass with the family is mandatory.
Tuition and Fees for children in Sacrament Preparation
First child in family: $100 or Family total (one child): $100
Second child in family: $50 or Family total (two children): $150
Third child in family: $30 or Family total (three children): $180
Additional children: $30 or Family total (four children): $210
Tuition is charged each year of Sacrament Preparation.
Additional Fees For Each Child In The Sacrament Preparation Program Are Also Charged As Below. ( September 2019- May 2020 classes)
First Year –First Eucharist: No additional fees
Second Year-First Eucharist: $50
First Year –Confirmation: $25
Second Year –Confirmation: $35
Tuition For Children Who Are Not In A Sacrament Preparation Program: $15
FINANCES SHOULD NEVER COME IN THE WAY OF PARTICIPATION. IF ANY OF THE COSTS ARE A FINANCIAL BURDEN TO THE FAMILY, PLEASE SPEAK WITH THE CRE, CINDY, OR THE PASTOR, FR. JOSE BAPTISTA, SFX
Registration: Ongoing throughout the summer, with final date to register the first Sunday in September. A down payment of $20 must be paid at the time of registration. Tuition payment is expected on a regular basis if not paid in full at registration. The first day of class is the 2nd Sunday in September.
Contact Person: Cynthia Shaw
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (ADULTS)
Provides ongoing faith formation for adults who have received all the Sacraments of Initiation. Currently the classes are taught in Spanish, and meet on the Sundays during the same class times for the children
Contact Persons: Cynthia Shaw, Maria Carmen Resendiz
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
Provides faith formation and sacramental preparation for adults and young people considering joining the Catholic Church through reception of the three Sacraments of Inititation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) or those who were baptized but have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. This is an ongoing process, with no specific time frame for reception of the sacraments. A minimal fee is charged for the materials used for formation. NOTE: The Archdiocese schedules classes in both spring and fall for adults who are requesting only the Sacrament of Confirmation, having been baptized and received the Eucharist previously in the Catholic tradition.
Contact Person: Cynthia Shaw
Provides faith formation, service activities and opportunities for youth and teens in grades 6-12 to socially interact with peers who share their faith.
Contact Person: Eloisa Luistro
SPRED (Special Religious Development)
Provides a caring small faith community in which disabled children, young people and adults come to realize the love of God through their life experiences within the SPRED community of friends, as well as in the parish and the broader community. This program is available at various parishes in our Vicariate to which you will be referred.
Contact Person: Cynthia Shaw
Please call the rectory at 773-262-6600 for further information or to register for a program.