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Religious Education

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our Religious Education Program provides classes from First Grade through High School. Classes begin in October and go through the month of May.  The mission of our Religious Education Program is that each child will continue to deepen their personal relationship with God and the Church, through prayer, an active faith life and faith development and education.

Our First Eucharist preparation is a two-year process. Our Eucharist preparation classes are offered in both the English and Spanish languages.   First Eucharist classes begin when a child is in the First Grade or older. In the second year of preparation the children receive both the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.


Grades 3 through 8 are continuing faith development and education in the areas of our Catholic Creed, the Ten Commandments, Saints, Sacraments, and Scripture.
 
Confirmation preparation is a two-year process which begins when a student is in the 9th grade or older.  The Confirmation process includes faith development and education, faith sharing, Christian service, retreats, and community building.

Our Catechists are very dedicated members of our parish who volunteer their time and talents to teach the truths of our Catholic faith.  They have an active faith life in our parish community and attend workshops to continue their faith development and education.


RELIGIOUS CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

We are currently using two religion  textbook publishers, Sadlier and Silver Burdett Ginn.  Both publishers are approved by the Diocese of Orange and are excellent textbooks.  Each series contains Faith content in the areas of Scripture, Teachings of the Catholic Church, Saints, Feasts, Liturgical  Year, Devotions, Prayers and Catholic Practices.  Both textbook series have a Family page to involve the entire family in the faith life of each child. 

FIRST GRADE
COMMUNION I


This begins the first year  of preparation for First Eucharist.  In this year the religion textbook “God Loves Us” is divided into 4 units and covers the following faith development:
• Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love
• We Are Followers of Jesus
• We Belong to the Church
• We Celebrate and Live our Faith

SECOND GRADE
COMMUNION II


This is the second year of preparation for First Eucharist.
In this year the children are preparing to receive both First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  In this year the religion textbook “Jesus Shares God’s Life” is divided into 4 units and covers the following faith development:

• Jesus Christ is With Us Always
• Jesus Call Us to Penance and Reconciliation
• Jesus Give Himself in the Eucharist
• We Live Our Catholic Faith

THIRD GRADE


The Third grade religion textbook is entitled “We Are the Church” .  In this year the religion textbook is also divided into 4 units and covers the following faith development:

• Jesus Give Us the Church
• We Are Members of the Church
• The Church Leads Us to Worship
• We Are Called to Discipleship

FOURTH GRADE


The Fourth grade religion textbook is entitled “God’s Law Guides Us”.  In this year the religion textbook contains 4 units divided into 7 chapters each and covers the following faith development:

• Growing in Jesus Christ
• Learning About God’s Law
• The Commandments Help Us to Love Others
• We Are Called to Holiness

FIFTH GRADE


The Fifth grade textbook covers the Seven Sacraments and is divided into 5 units.  The units cover the following faith development:

• The Sacraments: God’s Gifts of Life
• Baptism and Confirmation
• The Eucharist
• Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick
• Holy Orders and Matrimony

SIXTH GRADE

In the Sixth grade we will be using the  new “Breakthrough! Bible for Young Catholics.  The emphasis for faith development in the sixth grade is the Old Testament.  The focus is on our salvation history and the key figures of that history such as Abraham, Moses, David, the Prophets and many more.  What better way to discover this part of our salvation history than going to the source in our Sacred Scriptures. 

SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADES


The Seventh and Eighth grades are combined in our Religious Education program.  In these two years we will be using two textbooks “The Story of Jesus” and “The Story of the Church”.    
“The Story of Jesus” textbook is divided into 5units and covers the following faith themes:

• The Mystery of the Incarnation
• The Meaning of the Kingdom
• The Christian Life
• The Paschal Mystery
• The Good News

“The Story of the Church is also divided into 5 units and cover the following faith development:

• The Marks of the Church from the Beginning
• The Growth of Christendom
• An Age of Faith and Beauty
• Reason, Rebellion, and Reform
• Returning to the Roots of Christianity

In addition to the faith sessions we will invite the young people to put into practice what they have learned about Jesus’ life and what it means to be his followers.  We will provide opportunities for them to engage in Christian service within our own parish community.

 CONFIRMATION PROCESS

YEAR I

The first year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation includes faith sessions which cover the faith themes of Christian Morality, Beatitudes, Creed and Christian Service.  The young people are asked to choose a Confirmation sponsor in this first year of the process.  This adult must be a practicing Catholic and be fully initiated in the Catholic faith (baptized, confirmed, and able to receive communion).  If this person is married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.  They also choose the name of a saint with which they will be confirmed.  We will help them in this process during the year.  

YEAR II

The second year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation includes faith sessions which cover the faith themes of the Seven Sacraments (focusing on the sacraments of Initiation), the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, and Discipleship.



During both years of the process the youth are asked to participate in Christian service projects and attend a retreat.