Holy Redeemer Religious Education Program
Updated Aug 25/17Holy Redeemer Religious Education uses the Ignatius Press Catechism Program Finding God. Click here for details.
Click here for the New Diocesan Catechetical Policy
Click here for the 2016/17 schedule.
With the support and cooperation of the parents, family and parish community, Holy Redeemer Parish Religious Education Program is dedicated to preparing our young people 'to know, love and serve God', by providing knowledge of God and understanding of our faith through teaching, witness and service. We are committed to the teachings, traditions and values of the Roman Catholic faith.
Program Policies - Registration:
Catechism classes are offered for Grades One through Six. (A Kindergarten class will be added if the registrations exceeds 6 for that class.) Annual registration is required. Registration forms for Catechism Classes, Sacrament of First Reconciliation, Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist, Sacrament of Confirmation and the Home Study Program, plus Catechist Application forms are available next to the Religious Education office in the gathering space at the church or download here.
Click on the link to download and print the appropriate registration form(s). Please submit completed and signed form(s), with the registration fee to the Catechetics Office at Holy Redeemer. Deadline is September 5, 2016. Classes start Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. A program registration fee is required to help cover the cost of the Catechism Program (catechist's manuals, children's text books, art and craft supplies, other teaching resources, seasonal handouts, presentation bibles, Sacramental Retreats, church utilities, etc.):
- Preparation for First Reconciliation Program fee: $45.00
- Preparation for First Holy Eucharist Program fee: $45.00
- Preparation for Confirmation Program fee: $75.00
- Home Study Program fee: $65.00
Classrooms are located in the lower level of the Church. A wheelchair lift is available if necessary.
A Home Study program is available for Grades One through Six, and requires parental attendance at meetings with the Catechetical Coordinator. A student year-end summary evaluation will be conducted by the Catechetical Coordinator.
Preparation to receive a Sacrament is a separate program held in addition to the regular Catechism Program. Children will be eligible to enroll in Sacramental preparation only after completing one full year in the Catechism Program at Holy Redeemer (or elsewhere as validated). A copy of the child’s Baptismal certificate is required.
The revised Diocesan Policy recommends that children celebrate only one Sacrament per year, and stipulates that parents/guardians of the child who will be celebrating a Sacrament must also receive catechesis relevant to that Sacrament. The Diocese recommends that parents (guardians) attend a set of six adult catechesis sessions for each Sacrament. The sessions do not have to be repeated for a second child celebrating the same Sacrament. Sacramental catechesis for parents (guardians) and children will be held concurrently, but in separate areas.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will usually be celebrated in Grade 2. Catechesis for the Sacrament will take place in late Fall, with First Confession in January/February at a special celebration followed by a reception. The child must also complete a workbook with family participation.
The Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist will usually be celebrated in Grade 3 (First Reconciliation must be celebrated prior). Catechesis for the Sacrament will take place in the early Spring, with First Holy Communion in May/June at Sunday Mass (no church reception planned). The family will be requested to attend a Rite of Enrollment ceremony at a designated Sunday Mass, and the child must complete a workbook with family participation and also attend a short retreat.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will usually be celebrated the year after completing Grades 1 to 6 of the Catechism program. Candidates must have made their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion prior. Catechesis will begin in the late Fall with Confirmation in May/June (usually at a special weekday evening Mass). Candidates are required: to attend a Rite of Enrollment ceremony and sign a commitment promise; to choose a sponsor (not their parent) who is a practicing Catholic as validated by their pastor; to attend the scheduled Confirmation sessions; to perform twelve hours of service work and to participate in the 12 hour Diocesan Confirmation Retreat; to have a class visit with, and write a letter to, the Bishop; to meet with the pastor of Holy Redeemer to determine readiness; and finally to participate in a special (mystagogy) gathering after being confirmed.
Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and will have a minimum of five students. (A class of less than 5 students will be referred to the Home Study Program or to another parish.)
For more information, or questions, don't hesitate to contact the Religious Ed Coordinator at email@example.com or phone 669-0501.