Elementary Religious Education
Watching the seed of faith in a child and youth grow through the gifts of the Spirit is the greatest joy for any parent. Parents are both the first and primary educators of their children. By word and example, parents form their child in the Catholic faith. Southeast Catholic Religious Education becomes a partner with parents by fostering the growing relationship between God and the child. Parents are supported in their duties by actively participating within the parish liturgy, community service activities, and adult faith formation.
Location of classes - On site classes are held in the St. Veronica Parish school building.
Date and Time - Classes are on the 1st and 3rd Sundays from 9am – 10:20am. Parents pick up the students from the classrooms at the end of the session.
First Sundays - On 4 dates, parents will attend a formation session with one of the pastors of the South Shore Parishes. On those Sunday, students will attend Mass with their parents at St. Veronica 10:30am Mass. That Mass will be presided by the pastor who had been the speaker.
Mass Reflection Sheets - Children in grades 4 - 6 complete 1 Mass reflection form about any one Mass they attend each month. This gives children the opportunity to discuss what they saw and heard with their parents.
Parishes served by the pastor/speaker will provide refreshments after the Mass.
Family Nights - All families attend one seasonal Family Night session of their choice during the year. The topics covered during the Family Nights change each year and include numerous hands-on activities.
The program uses the Blest Are We Faith & Word Edition series. To complete the textbooks, children finish one chapter during the off week with their parents. This gives parents the opportunity to review what the child has learned at class and to extend that learning in the home.
We also meet the Archdiocesan Safe Environment mandate by scheduling one session per year.
Safe Environment Lesson Plans
Oct. 6 weekend
Home study is an option for children who cannot attend the on-campus classes for whatever reason. Home study gives the option of using the regular Blest Are We Textbook or using the Ignatius Press Faith and Life series through online lessons. The online program uses videos, text and self-exams to engage and inform the students. Chapters can be accessed 24/7 offering maximum flexibility. Families request home study using the regular registration form.
Home study families stay connected with the on campus families by attending one Family Night and the required Safe Environment class.