Parish Religious Education
At the baptism of our children we promise to educate them in the tenets of our faith.
Children not attending Catholic school are expected to be enrolled in a regular faith formation program in their parish. Following the directive of the Catechetical Directory, our parish program includes Prayer, Instruction, Service, Community, and Morality.
Diocesan Guidelines mandate that Sacramental Preparation is a 2-year process. One must be enrolled in Catholic School or a PRE program for one year prior to the year they are to receive First Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation.
Children ages 4 year & 5-year-olds
Use an instructional program that will focus on the lectionary.
Children in First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade
Use an instructional program that in very motivational ways draws on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Youth in Seventh & Eighth Grades
Confirmation preparation is a 2-year process that begins in the 7th grade and continues through the 8th grade. The sacrament of confirmation is generally administered during the 2nd semester of 8th grade.
The first-semester curriculum reviews Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament. The second semester introduces a curriculum consisting in part, of video and discussion that engages young Catholics in a meaningful conversation about Catholicism
The Confirmation preparation program used in 8th grade is designed to provide the essential intellectual and spiritual catechesis that is so vital to sacramental preparation. During the course of the year, the candidates for confirmation will be invited first to hear, then to respond with faith to the voice of God who has called us to become his sons and daughters – simply because “he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) Young people are also encouraged to begin a full involvement in the Senior High Youth Group in 9th Grade which facilitates the same guidelines of faith formation directed by the Bishops. Sacramental Preparation is a 2 year process. One must be enrolled in Catholic School or a PRE program for one year prior to the year they are to receive Confirmation.
$70 per child with a maximum of $200 per family.
Non-Parishioner Charge – $100 per family
$30 per child for Little Church.
The above fees include the textbook fee.
Children ages 4 years – 6th Grade – meet Sunday Mornings.
Grades 7th – 8th – meet Sunday evenings from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
2017-2018 PRE School Year
PRE Downloadable Forms
- PRE Registration Form [PDF]
- PRE Instructions and Volunteers [PDF]
- Little Church Registration Form (4 & 5 Year Olds Only) [PDF]
- Virtus Letter [PDF]
- Virtus Child Permission Slip [PDF]
- Resource Catalog [PDF]
Thoughts for Parents as we begin a new year.
Each year we all hope to make the faith formation experience meaningful and lasting. As teachers, we will only be with your child 90 minutes a week! It is very important that the family reflect and enhance the weekly topics.
Below are some ways to work with your child at home.
- Be an interested parent. Review the materials with your child each week. We ask that each child read a chapter at home for each class.
A schedule will be sent to you for your child’s class. Our lives are so busy with many exciting commitments both to family and community; make room for 20 minutes a week to spend with your child and their religion textbook
- Pray together as a family. Use anytime the family is gathered together as an opportunity for prayer. Today’s world sends mixed messages to our children, let the faith of your family be seen consistently in a variety of ways in the family.
- Respect the importance of each class – please observe the guidelines for the beginning and end of classes. Being prompt and not leaving early will make the class time for all the students more effective. Give the instruction in the faith the same importance that you give to other learning environments.
- Give church activities priority for your family. There are so many excellent opportunities to be a part of the parish community, please share these times with your children.
A reminder to families with children in 2nd grade and above, it is considered an integral part of your child’s faith formation that he/she also attend Mass on Sunday.
If you have scheduled your child for a PRE class that does not allow for this, please call now and request a different time.
PRE Teaching Opportunities
Interested in teaching PRE?
We are currently in need of volunteers to be an Assistant at the Children’s Liturgy. Your responsibilities would include: going back with the Children and the Leader; listening along with kids and monitoring behavior if necessary; informing the Leader when the Priest’s homily is complete to facilitate a timely return to mass, and passing out pamphlets at the end of mass to the children in the narthex.
This is a joyful ministry and one that is easily fulfilled with your regular weekly mass attendance. If you think you could volunteer one or two times a month, please call Gina Cunningham at 901-757-5337 for more details about getting involved with this ministry.
Regular PRE classes meet Sunday mornings. Grades 1 – 6 also have classes and on Wednesday afternoons. Grades 7 – 8 meet Sunday evenings from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.
Confirmation candidates and High School Students are welcome to participate for service hours.
Anyone who comes in direct contact with children must attend Virtus Training.
For more information please call, 901-754-1204, Ext. 116