We are happy to support parents in their role as the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. We seek to give the children in our care the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to become faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus with the support of their parents or guardians.
We ask that you please take a moment to read the following information thoroughly, as some significant changes have been made to the Religious Education Program at OLR.
CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Do you have a 3-6 year old? We invite you to register for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based form of catechesis grounded in the Church’s liturgy and doctrine. Scripture passages and themes presented throughout the year range from the Good Shepherd and Eucharistic Presence to Jesus’ infancy and the liturgical year. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meets once each school week. Please see the attached calendar and registration form or more information, email Claire Cousino at email@example.com.
Classes for sacramental preparation are 2-year programs. Students in 1st or 7th grade in public schools will need to attend religious education classes this year, as well as next year, in order to receive First Holy Communion in 2nd grade or Confirmation in 8th grade.
CLASSES FOR GRADES 1-2
Grades 1 and 2 will meet on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the school classrooms. As part of preparation for First Holy Communion, parents of 2nd grade children will need to attend 4 classes, which will meet during that same time.
CLASSES FOR 6TH-8TH GRADE
Middle school students will attend the EDGE Program for their catechesis, every other Sunday night from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Dinner is provided during this time. EDGE also serves as part of the 2-year Confirmation preparation for 7th and 8th graders.
- What makes EDGE different from a classroom faith formation model?
Edge is a youth ministry model, meaning that it is all about relationships. There are no textbooks; instead there is a teaching done by an EDGE core member or an engaging video. Middle school youth are in large group and small group settings where they are able to create relationships with their peers and small group leaders.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
We encourage families who have children with special needs to contact us so we can discuss resources and accommodations that are available.
We look forward to the new year of Religious Education in our parish community, and we hope you and your family will find this new approach interesting and spiritually beneficial. We welcome your questions and comments. Thank you for your partnership in sharing the Faith with your children.
For more information about Religious Education at Our Lady of the Rosary, please contact Katie Orbon, Director of Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-422-1648, EXT. 209.