What will be offered?
Beginning in September, we will have two classes. The first will be for children who have not made First Communion, usually kindergarten and first grade. The second will be a post-First Communion class with children up to fifth grade. Next year, there will not be a First Communion class as we develop the program.
How does it work?
After looking at various models of religious education, we are using the family catechesis model. We believe that parents are the primary teachers of their children, and the church is there to assist and help them. In this format, parents and children meet together for class once per month to discuss themes and topics. Take-home materials are provided to continue the lessons at home. Weekly mass attendance is also considered part of the class.
When do you meet?
Monthly classes are on the second Sunday of the month after the 10am mass and last until 12:30pm.
Are there other options?
Yes! If you prefer a traditional model of weekly classes, our neighboring parishes offer opportunities on different days of the week (St. Josaphat, St. Clement, St. Alphonsus, St. Michael). St. Teresa offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for young children, which is based on the Montessori educational model. No extra fees are required for not being a parishioner if you are a parishioner at St. Vincent.
How about confirmation?
At this time, we are not offering confirmation as we develop the program. For now, we encourage you to be part of the confirmation program at St. Teresa which meets on Sunday evenings.
How do I register?
If your family is interested, please contact Rebecca Carmichael in the parish office to receive a registration form (firstname.lastname@example.org). If your family did not participate in our classes this year, the parents must meet with Fr. Jeremy. Due to our space limitations, class sizes will be capped at 10 children.