264 Donwood Dr.
Winnipeg, MB
R2G 0W5
(204) 669-0501

Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Parish

Holy Redeemer Religious Education Program

Revised Oct 4 2020

Covid -19 is giving us an additional challenge as people of faith. However, it is important for families to worship together. Families are extremely important centres of living faith.  Our tradition calls each family a “domestic church”. To help us embrace this new normal , we are looking for pictures, ideas, and stories of faith on how your family celebrates as a domestic church.  If you have something to share, please email religious.ed@hrwpg.ca and we will post them on the bulletin board in the church and on our website. Let us share our faith with one another.

What is the Domestic Church?

Pope Saint John Paul II on the Domestic Church. Catholic parents must learn to form their family as a “domestic church,” a church in the home as it were, where God is honored, his law is respected, prayer is a normal event, virtue is transmit­ted by word and example, and everyone shares the hopes, the problems and sufferings of everyone else."  The pope greatly respects the role of Christian parents in the life of the Church. He challenges them: “By virtue of their ministry of educating, parents are through the witness of their lives the first heralds of the gospel for their children. Furthermore, by praying with their children, by reading the word of God with them and by introducing them…into the Body of Christ—both the Eucharistic and the ecclesial body—they become fully parents, in that they are begetters not only of bodily life, but also of the life that through the Spirit’s renewal flows from the cross and resurrection of Christ” (Familiaris Consortio, #39).

Mission Statement:

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.

About our Program

Holy Redeemer Religious Education uses the Ignatius Press Catechism Program Finding God. Click here for details.

Our general Catechism Program consists of weekly classes held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Children are expected to attend regularly and to arrive on time. If regular attendance on Thursdays is a problem, please consider the Home Study Program. Being absent frequently, may result in the child having to repeat the current Grade. Frequent/habitual late arrivals or early departures disrupt the other children in the class and should be avoided.

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.

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.)

Policy & Forms

See our 20/21 Registration Information & Policy:

Program Policies & Registration:

Catechism classes are offered for Kindergarten through Six. Annual registration is required. Registration forms are available for download here (click on the appropriate links):

Please print off the appropriate registration forms. Hard copies of forms are also available next to the Catechetics Office at the Church.

Please submit completed and signed form(s), with the registration fee to the Catechetics Office at Holy Redeemer. Class start date is to be determined.

Registration fees

  • Catechism Classes Kindergarten through Grade 6:
    1 Child - $75, 2 Children in Family - $140, 3+ Children in Family - $200
  • Preparation for First Reconciliation Program fee: $45
  • Preparation for First Holy Eucharist Program fee: $45
  • Preparation for Confirmation Program fee: $75
  • Home Study Program fee: $65

Sacraments

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.

Therefore, the Sacrament of First Reconciliation will usually be celebrated in Grade 2. Catechesis for the Sacrament will begin in late Fall, with First Confession usually in November/December 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 begin in January, with First Holy Communion in May/June at Sunday Mass. 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 retreat.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will usually be celebrated the year after completing Kindergarten 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 (often at a special weekday evening Mass).

Confirmation 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 service work and to participate in a 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.

For more information, or questions, don't hesitate to contact the Catechetical Coordinator at religious.ed@hrwpg.ca or phone 669-0501, ext 3.

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