Religious Education

  

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Phone: 973-228-3338 - email: reled@ndparishnc.com 

Bill Schutte, Pastoral Associate for Religious Education - bgschutte@aol.com 

Joy McDonald, Pastoral Associate for Youth Ministry -jmcdonald@ndparishnc.com

 

Our Religious Education programs are designed to involve children in the life of the parish as they study Catholic doctrine, the Scriptures, the beliefs and rituals of their faith.

Our Sunday Religious Education Program for Pre-K to Grade 5 students runs from mid-September through April and is divided into two sessions, first session is from 9:00 am to 10:15 am, and the second session is from 10:30 am to 11:45 am. Following each session, it is expected parents will attend the Eucharist with their children. Parents are invited on a regular basis to participate in special activities with their children during class time.

Grade six, seven and eight students meet weekly in small groups for study and discussion. The times and locations for these classes vary.

WHOLE FAMILY CATECHESIS
Whole-Family Catechesis is geared to people who do not fit into the traditional classroom programs due to family commitments, work, sports, travel, etc. 

The entire family household is expected to attend the program: mom, dad, children, grandma and grandpa if they live in the house, etc. We meet once a month for 8 meetings in the year.  Homework is sent through email to the parents that talks about which chapters to cover and some written exercises to do.  You work on this at your own pace through the month with your child.  It provides time to sit with your child to talk about things that matter and answer life questions. It may be about 4 or 5 hours of work every month

On the day of the meeting (Sunday late afternoons) homework gets turned in. Then we gather for a pot luck supper with food assigned to you by a food coordinator.  We pray, eat and enjoy each other’s company for about a half hour or 45 minutes.  We then begin the program, which varies from talks by guest speakers to an activity. We have dessert, say a prayer, and go home. The whole session takes about 2 hours.

On Mondays, we do not have dinner but meet from 6 – 7:30.

Sacramental Programs
Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist involves a series of workshops for both children and parents. These workshops are designed to assist the parents in their role as the primary educators of their children through adult instruction. The children participate in small classes and activities, which enhance their learning experience.

Liturgy of the Word for Children Grades 1-4
Each Sunday, from September to May, the Liturgy of the Word is celebrated for children in Grades 1 to 4 in a manner adapted to their age and understanding. Children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer of Mass to share Sunday's Scripture with their peers. They return to their families at the Presentation of the Gifts of Bread and Wine.