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Classes for school year 2017 to 2018 started on Catechetical Sunday, 17 September 2017.
We are offering the following classes this school year:
Kinder/grade 1 – for children between the ages of three to five years old and who must:
- Speak basic English and understand basic English;
- Be toilet trained; and
- Be able to sit still without adult supervision for 30 minutes.
Pre-First Communion – for children between the ages of six to seven years old and who must:
- Speak basic English and understand basic instructions in English; and
- Participate in at least 70% of the sessions.
First Communion – for children who will be at least eight years old by May 2018 and who have had religious education classes in previous years and who must:
- Be able to speak and understand basic English;
- Be able to participate in class for 1-1 1/2 hours; and
- Know basics prayers (Sign of the Cross, Our Father, etc).
Grade 3, 4 and 5 – for children who have made their First Holy Communion and are between the ages of eight to 10 years old
Grade 6, 7 and 8 – for students between the ages of 11 to 13 years old
High School – for young adults who are at least 14 years old, including candidates for Confirmation who must be at least 16 years old by May 2018.
What costs are involved in enrolling in religious education?
There is a 20 Euro per Family registration fee for enrolling your children in the religious education program. Please note if your child loses the book that is given to him/her use, you will be asked to pay for the cost of replacing the book (approximately 25 Euro per book, which includes the cost of postage and taxes).
For more information on the RE program of the parish, please refer to the frequently asked questions section below.
CONSIDER JOINING THE RE TEAM. We are always looking for new members who can help us with teaching or who can lend a hand with administrative tasks. Do consider this ministry as a means of thanking God for the many blessings He has bestowed on you and as a unique opportunity to deepen your faith. If you are interested, please contact the parish office.
Frequently asked questions:
- What is the religious education program?
The Religious Education Program consists of a series of Sunday morning classes taught by church volunteers. Each class lasts an hour, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Classes are taught in English and the curriculum is based on books approved by the parish priest. Lessons are supplemented by activities that are appropriate to the children’s age.
- What costs are involved in enrolling in religious education?
There is a 20 Euro per Family registration fee for enrolling your children in the religious education program.
- How can I support the religious education program?
The best way to support the program is by volunteering to be a catechist, assistant teacher or substitute teacher. If you cannot serve as a catechist, assistant catechist or substitute, you can also support the religious education program by volunteering to prepare the classrooms before Mass (e.g., turning the heaters on during the winter), cleaning up after class, or helping us during special occasions (preparing for the Nativity play or the Stations of the Cross).
- What is involved in being a catechist?
Being a catechist means being the lead teacher of the class. This involves a few hours of preparing for each class, preparing the classroom before Mass, teaching the class after Mass, and cleaning up afterwards. Catechists teaching younger children will be given an assistant teacher. On the days when a catechist anticipates that he or she cannot teach, he or she must request in advance that the DREs find a substitute for him or her.
- What does an assistant teacher do?
An assistant teacher steps in when the catechist is unable to teach, assists the catechist during the class, especially with crafts, and attends to the children’s other needs (especially going to the toilet) so that the catechist can focus on teaching.
- What is the role of a substitute?
A substitute fills in for a catechist when the catechist in unavailable.