Saint John Office of Religious Education offers a faith formation program for children in Grades 1 through 6. The program takes place on Mondays from 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm and again from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm. Families are asked to register for one of the two Monday sessions offered. The program begins in mid-September and runs through May. Classes meet primarily in the St. John School classrooms. The program is based on Our Sunday Visitor “Alive in Christ” religious instruction materials.
Basic Program Goals include:
• To nurture each child’s loving relationship with Christ
• To provide age appropriate and relevant religious instruction
• To provide genuine liturgical, spiritual, and communal experiences
• To encourage the development of a personal prayer life
• To provide instruction and opportunities to take part in the Sacramental life of the Church
• To provide educational, communal, service, and spiritual opportunities to parents and families.
• To maintain a current media library of Catholic resources
Preparation for the sacraments is integrated into our Monday sessions and supplemented with family meetings and a Home Program. Preparation for First Eucharist is generally a three year program. Children are expected to attend religious education classes in first and second grade. In the spring of second grade, most children celebrate their First Reconciliation. After successful completion of third grade, most children celebrate their First Eucharist in May of their third grade year.
Children with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to participate in our faith formation programs. They will be mainstreamed into the Monday sessions as much as possible with necessary adaptations made as needed. Please call Ann McGinnis at (760) 436-0664 to discuss a program best suited for your child.