last change: 18.09.2016
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Classes for school year 2016 to 2017 will begin on Catechetical Sunday, 25 September 2016. Classes will begin immediately after Mass.
We will be offering the following classes this school year:
Kinder/grade 1 – for children between the ages of three to five years old and who must:
Pre-First Communion – for children between the ages of six to seven years old and who must:
First Communion – for children who will be at least eight years old by May 2017 and who have had religious education classes in previous years and who must:
Grade 3, 4 and 5 – for children who have made their First Holy Communion and are between the ages of eight to 10 years old
Grade 6, 7 and 8 – for students between the ages of 11 to 13 years old
High School – for young adults who are at least 14 years old, including candidates for Confirmation who must be at least 16 years old by May 2017.
What costs are involved in enrolling in religious education?
There is no registration fee for enrolling your children in the religious education programme. However, if your child loses the book that is given to him or her for his or her use, you will be asked to pay for the cost of replacing the book (approximately €25 per book, which includes the cost of postage and taxes).
For more information on the RE program of the parish, please refer to the frequently asked questions section below.
CONSIDER JOINING THE RE TEAM. We are always looking for new members who can help us with teaching or who can lend a hand with administrative tasks. Do consider this ministry as a means of thanking God for the many blessings He has bestowed on you and as a unique opportunity to deepen your faith. If you are interested, please contact the parish office.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:
.....provides opportunities that enrich mind, body and spirit. We call upon members of the STM Parish, as well as guests outside the Parish, to share their knowledge, skills and talent with the larger STM community. Adult religious education provides opportunities for adults to experience all aspects of growth and development and leads them to appreciate the many gifts God has given them. Events are held on several Sunday mornings throughout the year. Additional information on these events can be found in our Sunday bulletin. Please contact Father Stephen.
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Frequently asked questions:
• What is the religious education program?
The Religious Education Program consists of a series of Sunday morning classes taught by church volunteers. Each class lasts an hour, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Classes are taught in English and the curriculum is based on books approved by the parish priest. Lessons are supplemented by activities that are appropriate to the children's age.
• What costs are involved in enrolling in religious education?
On an exceptional basis, € 50 per child is charged for students of First Communion. A higher fee is required to cover additional books and materials for this sacramental class. Certain expenses relating to candles and photography for First Holy Communion may be incurred in May 2015.
• How can I support the religious education program?
The best way to support the program is by volunteering to be a catechist, assistant teacher or substitute teacher. If you cannot serve as a catechist, assistant catechist or substitute, you can also support the religious education program by volunteering to prepare the classrooms before Mass (e.g., turning the heaters on during the winter), cleaning up after class, or helping us during special occasions (preparing for the Nativity play or the Stations of the Cross).
• What is involved in being a catechist?
Being a catechist means being the lead teacher of the class. This involves a few hours of preparing for each class, preparing the classroom before Mass, teaching the class after Mass, and cleaning up afterwards. Catechists teaching younger children will be given an assistant teacher. On the days when a catechist anticipates that he or she cannot teach, he or she must request in advance that the DREs find a substitute for him or her.
• What does an assistant teacher do?
An assistant teacher steps in when the catechist is unable to teach, assists the catechist during the class, especially with crafts, and attends to the children's other needs (especially going to the toilet) so that the catechist can focus on teaching.
• What is the role of a substitute?
A substitute fills in for a catechist when the catechist in unavailable.