Religious Education Class Schedule 2019-2020

Sunday Morning – 8:15-9:20am
September 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 8, 15, 22
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 23
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 19, 26
May 3

Sunday Evening – 6:00-8:00pm
September 8, 22
October 6, 20
November 3, 24
December 8, 22
January 12, 26
February 9, 23
March 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 3

Overview St. Philip the Apostle Church holds Religious Education (RE) classes for children from age 4 (Pre-School) through Grade 8. Regular attendance is mandatory for children in Grade 1 through Grade 8 who attend public or other Christian (non-Catholic) schools from. However, we invite and encourage our confirmed young people to continue to stay active with our Youth Ministry, and we also welcome children in Pre-School and Kindergarten to join a Pre-K/K class. We follow diocesan curriculum and guidelines and use a diocesan-approved textbook for Grades 1-8. Our Preschool/Kindergarten class uses various resources, but also follows diocesan curriculum guidelines.

St. Philip the Apostle Church holds Religious Education (RE) classes for children from age 4 (Pre-School) through Grade 8. Regular attendance is mandatory for children in Grade 1 through Grade 8 who attend public or other Christian (non-Catholic) schools from. However, we invite and encourage our confirmed young people to continue to stay active with our Youth Ministry, and we also welcome children in Pre-School and Kindergarten to join a Pre-K/K class. We follow diocesan curriculum and guidelines and use a diocesan-approved textbook for Grades 1-8. Our Preschool/Kindergarten class uses various resources, but also follows diocesan curriculum guidelines.

Catechists and Assistants St. Philip the Apostle Church is blessed to have a volunteer staff of dedicated men and women teaching our children and youth. These volunteers make our program one of the best around as far as teaching content and being living examples of faith in action. Our teachers and aides have all completed clearances according to diocesan norms for those who work with children and youth in the diocese. If you are interested in getting involved with the Religious Education program, please contact the Parish Office.

Class Times RE classes typically run from mid-September through early May. Grades Pre-K/K through Grade 8 are offered on Sunday mornings from 8:15-9:20am. Students in Grades 5-8 have the option of attending class on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm twice a month. Schedules are available on the table across from the Religious Ed office.

Registration Families complete a registration form for each child on entering our religious education program each year. Registration fees help cover basic costs of running our RE Program: textbook costs, as well as other kinds of learning materials used to make classes interesting and hands-on.Tuition is due by the first class date. All checks may be made to St. Philip the Apostle Church. On the first and last day of class, we have a Prayer Service and we invite and encourage parents to attend. Sometimes, classroom teachers also invite parents for special classes or activities. Please be as involved as possible in our RE Program.

Sacramental Preparation If your child is in the years before and of sacrament preparation, we require satisfactory class attendance. Students in Grade 1 and Grade 7 may not miss more than 5 Sunday morning classes. During sacramental years, students in Grade 2 and Grade 8 may not miss more than three Sunday morning classes. If students attend Sunday night classes, no more than three classes may be missed in Grade 7 and no more than two classes in Grade 8! Parent meetings for sacramental preparation are held, and parents must attend these meetings. Retreats are required for sacramental preparation years as well. There is a Penance Retreat for children preparing for First Penance and a Eucharist Retreat for First Eucharist Preparation. Students to be confirmed participate in Confirmation retreat. Also, in addition to the Confirmation Retreat, those to be confirmed have other requirements: weekly Mass attendance (bulletins must be handed in every week); 25 service hours; a saint report for their chosen Confirmation name; and a final interview with the pastor to determine the candidate’s readiness and desire to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.