K-8 Religious Education Program
“No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth” (3 Jn 1:4).
Our religious education program is for children in grades K – 8 who are members of the parish but do not go to Catholic schools. Parents are strongly encouraged to enroll their children in this program. It is in this way that we take seriously the “Great Commission” given to us by Christ to make disciples, teaching them to observe all that God has commanded us (cf. Mt 28:19-20). For a long time, this program of instruction was referred to as “CCD” (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine), and in many places this term is still used. Another acronym, “PSR” (Parish School of Religion), has recently gained popularity as well. At Blessed Mother, we simply refer to this program as “K-8 Religious Ed.”
Classes begin at 8:30 AM and end at 9:30 AM on Sundays. The children are dismissed to their classrooms from the Parish Hall. Donuts and juice will be provided for the children prior to dismissal at 8:30 AM.
Do not bring your child to the classroom. If you do, then there will be a period of time before the dismissal where your child will be alone in the classroom. For safe environment reasons, this is a situation we want to avoid.
When class is over at 9:30 AM, please come to the classroom to pick up your child. You have to personally walk into the building, to your child’s classroom. This is our only way of ensuring that every child leaves with the right person and returns home safely.
2018-2019 Calendar Year
Students will use one of five editions for Kindergarten through eighth grade, each containing lessons based on the Sunday Gospels and change each year according to the liturgical cycle. Additionally, each student will utilize a catechism handbook in the classroom with an age-appropriate summary of essential Church teachings, and bring that book home at the end of the year. Pflaum Faith Formation Program http://www.pflaumweeklies.com/
It is very important to this parish that your child receives an education that is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church. As such, we only use textbooks and activity books that have been judged by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
As the 2nd & 3rd grade classrooms and the 7th & 8th grade classrooms are combined, both grades will receive Sacramental preparation during one of the monthly classes throughout the Religious Education Calendar year. The students will receive different instruction over both years. However, only the children in the 2nd grade will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, and children in the 8th grade will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please review the Sacramental Preparation in the Calendar for those information dates.
2017-2018 Sacramental Preparation Program was from Pflaum Publishing Group. http://cart.pflaum.com/home.php?cat=13
The price for one child is $30. The total price for two children is $50. The total price for three or more children is $70. Financial assistance is available for those who need it.
To register, please fill out the following applicable forms and mail them or bring them by the Parish Office (the mailing address is at the very bottom of the page).
You need a Registration form and a Youth Code of Conduct form for each child, but multiple children can go on one Safe Environment form. The Registration form is front and back. Please make sure you fill it out as thoroughly as possible. When completing these forms, PLEASE COMPLETE BOTH SIDES of the form. And, when requested, please sign both front and back of the form and have a witness to your signature. Feel free to sign them in the office and staff will witness your signature.
Religious Ed Registration Form: Religious Ed Safe Environment Training Form: Youth Code of Conduct Forms: Grades K-3: Grades 4-6: Grades 7-8:
You can also pick up these forms in the Parish Office. Don’t forget to get your copy of the Religious Ed Handbook!
The Religious Ed Handbook has everything that you need to know as a parent with a child enrolled in our Religious Ed Program. It includes:
- Welcome from the DRE
- Religious Education Calendar
- Important Dates for the Sacraments of Initiation
- Religious Education Curriculum
- Responsibilities for Program Participants
- Fundamentals of the Faith
- Other Important Information
- Final Prayer
This is a valuable resource that you should turn to often. You can download the handbook in Adobe PDF format:
You can also pick up the Handbook in the Parish Office. Have any questions? Please contact Norm Hayden.
The kindergarten students used Volume 1, "Who Am I?" from the Image of God series, published by Ignatius Press, and students in grades 1-8 used the Faith and Life series, also published by Ignatius Press. It includes the following volumes: