Registration for Children and Youth Religious Education Programs
We have opportunities for all of your children and teens to strengthen their understanding of our Catholic faith and develop a closer relationship with God. When you give your children the gift of intentional faith formation, you are showing them the importance of living a faith-filled life and building a strong foundation based on God’s love.
Top 5 reasons to enroll your child in Religious Education Programs
- I want my child to have a personal relationship with Jesus.
- I want my child to better understand the beauty of liturgy and sacraments.
- I want my child to develop healthy peer relationships with friends who share Christian values.
- Knowing my child is gaining knowledge of their faith and a deeper understanding of God is a gift to my own spirituality.
- Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares my child to be an active and service-minded Christian in society.
Religious Education Registration for 2020-2021
Registration for all RE programs at St. Benedict will open online via our website on August 1. Although sessions may look different this year, we have worked hard to develop creative ways to continue quality faith formation for children and teens in our parish. We realize that new ways of learning, gathering, and praying may be difficult to embrace, but we trust that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide our hearts and minds.
Please note that although we anticipate programs to begin in September, all schedules remain flexible and are subject to change.
Notable Changes for Fall
All program costs for 2020-2021 have been reduced to $40 per child/teen (with a family maximum of $100). Several families have experienced a loss of income this year, so for those willing to do so, an additional donation may also be made to support another child in RE.
Journey of Faith (K-5th grade) will begin as a fully-supported home study model with one in-person gathering each month in the Church. Virtual classrooms will have an option for classmates and catechists to interact, or children may work at their own pace. [ VIEW FALL SCHEDULE ]
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will receive specially-prepared materials each month for the children to explore at home as we partner with parents to emphasize the Domestic Church. Opportunities to interact and pray with the catechists and classmates will be available on a limited, rotating basis due to the small space and limited capacity inside the Atrium. Beginning in September, children will be assigned specific Sundays to attend in-person sessions from 10-11am. This will allow for important in-person faith formation while maintaining safe physical distancing. Parents will be expected to volunteer with their own children. (Priority for in-person sessions will be given to children preparing for sacraments and those who have completed at least one year of Level I.)
JAM (6th-8th grade) will meet three times each month virtually, and once each month in person. [ VIEW FALL SCHEDULE ]
EPIC (9th-12th grade) will meet three times each month virtually and once each month in person. [ VIEW FALL SCHEDULE ]
For all in-person gatherings, children and adults will be expected to wear face coverings and proper physical distancing will be maintained. No snacks or sharing of supplies will be allowed. These practices are all for the protection of everyone.
We look forward to beginning the new year of faith formation together!
Questions? Please contact Heather Mooney (preK-5th grade) or David Rees (6th-12th grade) in the parish office.