Administrator of Religious Education
Religious Education Office
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION POLICY FOR GRADES PRE-K through HIGH SCHOOL
The following criteria is only part of the Religious Education Policy of St. Bernadette Parish.
Religious Education Policies may be obtained through the Parish Religious Education Office.
We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of weekly participation at Mass by you and your child(ren). Your child will respond to the example you set. No matter what age they are or what they are learning about their faith, their faith experience culminates and is enhanced by their involvement in Sunday Liturgy.
REGISTRATION FOR ALL SACRAMENT PROGRAMS WILL BE HELD BEFORE THE CLASSES BEGIN. THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR SACRAMENT PROGRAMS IS SEPARATE FROM REGULAR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES . PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE ORIENTATION / REGISTRATION MEETING WITH THE PARISH STAFF BEFORE THE START OF A SACRAMENT PROGRAM . REGISTRATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THIS MEETING.
Jesus sent the Apostles to ‘Go and make Disciples of all nations.’ Matthew 28:1
Questions regarding any of our religious education programs can be directed to the Religious Education Office.
You must be a registered parishioner to enroll your children in the religious education programs.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN & KINDERGARTEN
Classes for pre-k and kindergarten are held every other week on Sundays from 10:15-11:15 AM in the Early Childhood Center. This program is optional. We ask you to contact the teacher as soon as possible in case of absence or illness. The curriculum is lectionary-based which means that they develop the scripture reading of the day at their own level and learning capacity and there is an every-day lesson associated with the reading. Music and crafts are part of their classes and they take their work home on a regular basis. We ask you to support and encourage your children as they participate in this program.
Classes for First Grade are held every other week on Sundays from 10:15-11:15 AM in the Early Childhood Center. This program is required for all students in the first grade who do not attend Catholic school. All students who wish to participate in the sacrament programs in the Second grade are required to attend First grade classes. Students in First Grade will use the Faith and Life series by Ignatius Press. We ask that you contact the teacher as soon as possible in case of absence or illness. Students will also learn basic prayers and be introduced to the rosary and the commandments. We ask you to support and encourage your children as they participate in this program.
GRADES 3 THRU 6
Students in grades 3 through 6 will attend Classes every other Sunday from 10:15-11:45 AM. The schedule of classes will be sent at the beginning of the school year. Students in these grade levels will use the Faith and Life Series by Ignatius Press.
If a student is sick and unable to attend a class, the teacher or the Religious Education Office should be notified as soon as possible. Parents are responsible for getting the work missed for any class. Parents are expected to attend any adult enrichment sessions that are scheduled - these sessions are scheduled to promote adult education and enrichment and aid in your responsibility of educating your child(ren) in their faith.
For students in grades 7 & 8, classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15 -11:45am bi-weekly. Students in these grades will be using the Faith and Life series by Ignatius Press. Students are expected to attend all sessions. Students will contact the teacher to obtain any work missed. If a student has missed more than 2 sessions they will meet with the director of religious education before returning to class. Faith building (service) hours are a required part of the junior high school program. Speakers may be brought in or a special event may be scheduled for students and/or parents. Students and parents are expected to attend these sessions.
Students in grades 9 through 11 meet on Sunday evenings October through March. Classes are held on Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. This program is required for all students who do not attend a Catholic high school. The High School curriculum for grade 9 will use the Theology of the Body for Teens. Grade 10 will study Creed and Liturgy and Sacraments. Grade 11 will study Prayer, and Morality. Students are expected to attend all classes. If more than two classes are missed, the student will meet with the director of religious education before attending the next class. Students are responsible for obtaining and completing all work that is missed. Faith Building (service) hours are a required part of the High School program. Speakers may be brought in or a special event may be scheduled for enrichment for students and/or parents. Students and parents are expected to attend these sessions.
Children begin their preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist when they enter the Second grade. These programs are immediate preparation programs each with 8 learning sessions and a retreat. Students and parents are required to attend the retreat together. Children will prepare for and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Holy Eucharist. Reconciliation classes begin in the fall and First Eucharist is in the spring. Registration for these programs takes place at the registration meeting for 2nd grade parents. Parents are required to attend the scheduled parent meetings as a part of the sacrament programs. We emphasize the importance of attending weekly Mass with your child(ren). This is especially important during sacrament preparation. We will meet with each student at the completion of the reconciliation program to determine if they are ready to receive the sacrament. These programs run on Sunday mornings from 10:15 - noon.
The preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in March of grade 11 with classes running on Sunday evening from 6-8pm. This is an immediate preparation program which is 8 weeks long. Students desiring to receive this sacrament must be attending Mass and have completed religious education through their junior year. Students will be interviewed before entering the program. Requirements include a retreat, service hours, regular Mass attendance and attendance at all classes during the preparation period. Confirmation candidates should be ready to commit to attending all the requirements for this program. There is a registration/orientation meeting in the spring for this program.
Registration for all programs PK thru 11 takes place in June
Grade 2 Sacraments have a separate registration meeting and also a separate registration form for each sacrament. These forms can be obtained at the parent meeting or by calling the religious education office at 508-393-7445.
The schedules for all religious education programs are sent out in September to those students who are registered.