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. Sessions are Fall through Spring; 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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 registrationRegistration 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 410-880-1285 or religiouseducation@instrumentofpeace.org for additional information. 

 

 

 

 

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 for Grades PreK (4 years) through Grade 5:  410-880-1285 or Email

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

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