Religious Education

Information for Religious Education - Pre-K through Gr 5.  

 

St. Francis of Assisi offers religious education class on-site for children in grades Pre-K (4 years old by September 1st) through Fifth Grade. This year, our sessions are September through April; sessions are on Monday afternoons from 4:30-5:40, and Monday evenings from 6:00-7:10. All sessions are held at St. Francis of Assisi.  Each class has a catechist and assistant and volunteers are needed for those roles!  For additional information, please contact the Director of Religious Education at 410-880-1285 or religiouseducation@instrumentofpeace.org.

For more information go to ministries tab/religiouseducation.

 

Eucharist and Reconciliation Preparation

As Baptized children reach the age of discretion (about age 7 for most) they are invited to prepare for the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Children must be currently enrolled in an approved Faith Formation Program and must also have one year of formal Faith Formation prior to beginning Sacrament preparation.  Sacramental preparation takes place outside of and in addition to regular Faith Formation sessions and requires a separate registration.  Registration forms/fees and a copy of the child's Baptismal certificate are necessary.  Parent/Child meetings are held in October for Reconciliation and in early Spring for Eucharist preparation. 

Contact Rhonda Milauskas 410-880-1285 or religiouseducation@instrumentofpeace.org for additional information. 

 

Calendar of Eucharist Preparation 2017 (for those children registered)

 

February 22, 2017 from 6:15-7:30pm in room 106

First Eucharist enrichment class – CHILDREN ONLY!  Please remember to send each child with their workbook and a picture (2.5x3.5-school photo size) of themselves that will be used for a display in the worship space.  Chapters 1-3 (Intermediate 1-4) must be completed.

March 18, 2017 from 3:30-4:45pm in room 106

Enrichment class - CHILDREN ONLY.  Please remember to send students with their workbooks.  Chapters 4-6 (Intermediate 5-8) must be completed.  All families are encouraged to attend the 5:00pm Mass. 

April 19, 2017 from 6:30-8:00pm in room 106

Mandatory Student Interviews - students will meet with parish staff to discuss the student’s knowledge of the following subjects: Parts of the Mass, Understand the Last Supper, Eucharistic Prayer, Consecration – Simple gifts of bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Prayers students should know: Sign of the Cross, Our Father and the Hail Mary.  The student’s completed workbooks must be turned in!  Also please send students with their completed 1st Eucharist banner!

May 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the worship space

Mandatory 1st Eucharist rehearsal!  One parent must attend with child who is receiving.  

May 6, 2017 – at 10:00 am in the worship space

First Eucharist Mass with family and friends

May 7, 2017 – 9:00 am Mass

  Mass, Procession and May crowning – Children dress in Communion Clothes and participate in May Crowning following the 9:00 Mass.

 

 

 

 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2017 NEWS: 

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Louis Clarksville will join together for a week-long Vacation Bible School!  Volunteers are needed – please ask how you can serve!

Camper registration form CLICK HERE!

Adult volunteer form CLICK HERE!

 

July 10-14, 2017; 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

For Children ages 4 (by September 1, 2017) through age 10 (entering grade 5 in the fall 2017)!

Location for 2017:  St. Louis Clarksville;  12500 Clarksville Pike - Clarksville, MD   20129

FEE:  $90 per child or maximum of $250.00 for 3 or more children.

Volunteering?  Fees: $50 per child or $150.00 for 3 or more children. 

Contact Rhonda at St. Francis of Assisi 410-880-1285 / vbs@instrumentofpeace.org. Or contact Vickie at St. Louis 410-531-6688 or vyozwiak@stlouisparish.org for additional information.

 

  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 Consider volunteering within Vacation Bible School!  Contact Rhonda  at vbs@instrumentofpeace.org

 

 

 

Elementary school children who have not been baptized  - the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children of Catechetical Age

This two year faith formation program meets on specified Sunday mornings from 10:00-10:50, September - May.  Year OneHeritage of Faith where children spend time learning about Jesus and his love for all of us.  They focus primarily on scripture and the story of salvation. Year TwoJourney of Faith where the program continued to build from scripture, including Catholic teaching and, specifically sacramental preparation.  Contact Berta Sabrio liturgymusic@instrumentofpeace.org for more information.

 

Family Life Education

The National Directory for Catechesis (NDC, Chapter 6, 178) calls for catechesis in human sexuality which "recognizes the duty of pastors and parish catechetical leaders to support and encourage parents as they carry out their role as educators of their children in human sexuality as well as to provide additional instructions regarding Catholic teaching and values that complement and complete the formation provided by parents. St. Francis of Assisi complies with this directive by offering a variety of programs for children in grades K through 12.

As an integral part of our faith formation curriculum, we will be teaching Catechesis for Family Life.  The basic text books used at St. Francis of Assisi Parish  in Grades K-5 are from the RCL Benziger Family Life Series, RCL Benziger Publishers.  Grades K-3 have family life integrated into their weekly session chapters.  Grades 4 and 5 have specific dates designated for family life teaching.  This age appropriate program about Christian living, chastity, character formation and safe environment training promoted communication between the parent and their child.  After examining the program, if a parent chooses not to have their child participate in these sessions (Grades 4 and 5 only) they must sign a declination letter must be signed.

Additional on-line features from RCL Benziger to support the curriculum and to enhance our family life program can be found at www.rclbfamilylife.com Parent username:  flfamily; password:  flrclbf01.  This site will provide you with activities, resources, articles and video clips to use!  

 

 

 

Family Home Program

Family Program is the religious education option for those families that prefer studying, sharing faith and learning more about our Catholic faith in the home. Children in grades K through 8 receive textbooks (RCL-"Faith First" series and Benziger-"Family Life"); adults will receive "Faith First At Home" (RCL) a theme based resource to facilitate lessons for multiple grade levels as one group.

The Family Home Program requirements include online chapter reviews, a family project and event attendance.  Contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Consider volunteering within the Faith Formation programs.  Contact religiouseducation@instrumentofpeace.org  to see where you can assist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith Formation Registration 2017-2018

Financial Assistance Form

Contact for Grades Pre K-5:  410-880-1285 or Email

Contact for Grades 6-12: Becki Kaman at 410-880-4800 or Email

 

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