Begins Tuesday, July 5 -- 9:00am-5:00pm in the faith formation office.
Register early; RE sessions begin on September 25. Deadline to register is
September 9; by that date, most class sessions are full.
Information you will need for registering:
Class sessions: Preschool ages 4-5 (Kids in the Kingdom):
Sunday mornings 10-11am & 12-1pm
Elementary Grades 1 - 5:
Sunday mornings: 8:30-9:45am & Monday evening: 6:30pm-7:45pm
Middle School Grades 6 -8: EDGE
Wednesday evening: 7:00-8:30pm
High School Grades 9 – 12: Life Teen
Sunday evening: 5:00-8:30pm
Confirmation: Grades 9-12: Year 2
Thursday evening: 7:00-8:30pm
WHY should children continue in religious education after they celebrate their first communion?
Religious education is for the formation of children, not only for preparation for the sacraments. Faith formation is life-long for every baptized Catholic.
One parent remarked that they felt it was a “waste: of time since every year the children were taught the same thing.
Every grade learns the fundamentals of our faith at their age appropriate level. The text books we utilize are approved by the United States Conference of Catholic bishops and are in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Growing in faith begins with the way life is lived every day. For young children to grow in faith, the family and its practices are crucial.
Beginning in middle school and into high school, teens need to be addressed through their process of growing from adolescence into adulthood.
Parents, single adults, and elders have their own needs, interests and concerns.
Providing a Catholic perspective for all these life circumstances is the challenge each parish faces; we offer intentional faith formation opportunities for everyone to continue to grow in faith.
St. Helena religious education (Kings in the Kingdom--preschool, Learning and Forming Faith—elementary, Edge-middle school, Life Teen-high school)
partners with parents to assist them in fulfilling their responsibility to bring up their child in the Catholic faith by providing quality religious instruction and formation.
Faith formation does not begin and end with participation in religious education; parents are the “first” teachers of their children in the ways of our Catholic faith. If parent and child do not participate at Mass together, receive Sacraments together, pray daily together, review take home lessons together---faith is not truly being passed on.
Our program follows the guidelines and directives of the National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Our catechists (volunteer instructors) are trained and formed through their participation in monthly formation gatherings and in the many formational opportunities offered through the Archdiocesan Catechetical Center.