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 Rhonda Milauskas at 410-880-1285 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall 2016-2017 Calendar
Click the words Overall calendar of 2016-2017 dates for our Elementary Religious education sessions. Please mark your calendars and we look forward to ministering with you and your family!
Elementary PreK (4/5 year olds) through Grade 5 -- Grade Level Syllabus
Parents are the primary educators of their children in faith. Our on-site sessions assist parents with that task! If your child is absent from a session for any reason please refer to the grade level syllabus to make-up any missed lessons.
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 One: Heritage 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 Two: Journey of Faith where the program continued to build from scripture, including Catholic teaching and, specifically sacramental preparation. Contact Berta Sabrio email@example.com 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.
Family Life Units for Grades 4 & 5: 2017 - January 30, February 6, February 13.
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!
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.
Eucharist Preparation 2017-2018
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.
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-"Blest are We" series and Benziger-"Family Life"); adults will receive "Blest Are We At Home" (RCL) a resource to facilitate lessons at home.
The Family Home Program requirements include online chapter reviews, a family project and event attendance. Contact Becki Kaman firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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!
Youth sign up form CLICK HERE!
Adult volunteer form CLICK HERE!
July 10-14, 2017; 8:30 am – 12:15 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 / email@example.com. Or contact Vickie at St. Louis 410-531-6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Consider volunteering within Vacation Bible School! Contact Rhonda at email@example.com.