The Goal of Religious Education
In partnership with parents, Saint John Parish’s Faith Formation program offers students opportunities for faith development in a faith learning environment that is welcoming and friendly to youth.
Pre-School through grade 6 meet one hour a week from September through April. Grades 7 and 8 meet every other week for one and a half hours. A home study program is provided for students whose families cannot attend the weekly program. Home study students meet four times throughout the year. Families are encouraged to attend family gatherings throughout the year.
Families are encouraged to attend classes on a regular basis. If a student cannot attend a class, parents are urged to contact the teacher to receive missed work. Students who miss more than five classes should contact the Religious Education Office.
Sacramental Preparation Programs
RECONCILIATION – Children who have completed one year of religious education are invited to prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation. Parents are invited to attend a parent orientation meeting which explains the preparation process and ways they can become involved in preparing their child for the sacrament. Students who are ready to participate in the sacrament will do so in the fall of the year.
FIRST COMMUNION – Children who have completed one year of religious education are invited to prepare for First Communion. Parents are invited to attend a parent orientation meeting explaining the preparation process and ways they can become involved in preparing their child for the sacrament.
Advent Wreath Making
The annual Advent Wreath Making day is held on the first weekend in Advent. Participants are provided a lunch and all the items necessary to make and Advent Wreath. Advent calendars and prayer books are provided to be read and reflected upon during this holy season.