Welcome to our 2023-2024 Religious Education Program
Last year we made the decision to change our approach to religious education from a traditional classroom model to a more family oriented program. This decision was made after much discussion, prayer, and research. After completing our first year using the “Family of Faith” curriculum, we asked for feedback from parents and catechists. Overall, the responses were positive and we are happy to announce that we are continuing our Family of Faith program into year 2.
The goals of the program are to encourage and equip families to live and teach their children the Catholic Faith at home. With one Adult Session per month, this program will give you all the knowledge and tools you need to bring your children up in the faith. Studies have shown that parental engagement with children is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ. Family-based models are fundamental to developing a faith life that is lived out in the family and in a community. For this reason, the Catholic Church is moving toward these models.
To begin our 2023-24 Religious Education year, there will be a mandatory parents meeting on September 17, 2023 at 9:15am in the school gym.
Below is a link to our registration form for the 2023/24 Religious Education program at St. Francis Xavier Parish. We are asking families to register as soon as possible to aid us in planning for the new year. Registration is $75 for the whole family. Payment can be brought to the parish office during business hours, dropped in the collection at Mass (be sure to put in an envelope that is clearly marked with your child’s name), or brought to the mandatory parent meeting on September 17.
Who needs to register for Religious Education?
- Any student in Grades 1-9 who attends public school
- Any student attending Catholic school in 2nd grade or 9th grade who wishes to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation/Communion or Confirmation.
- Children who attend Catholic school but are not in a sacramental year are invited and strongly encouraged to attend but not required.
Religious Education meetings will be held twice per month. Meeting times will be between Masses on Sunday morning and we will start promptly at 9:15am and end at 10:15am.
For those students who have never received instruction in a formal catechetical program, have missed a few years, or are too old to participate in those grades that normally prepare them for a respective sacrament, please contact the office.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Phil Martin, Director of Religious Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (774) 473-5592.Fill Out the 2023-2024 Religious Education Registration Google Form