Youth Religious Education
”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:13-15)
The Saint Monica Parish Children’s Religious Education classes assists parents in handing-on the Catholic faith to their children. Volunteer catechists meet with children in a classroom setting and promote knowledge of our beliefs, full and active participation in the liturgy, moral formation, and prayer life
Religious Education Final registration date is Monday, August 7, 2017
(ANY registrations received after this date will automatically be placed on a waiting list.)
FIRST CLASS DAY for Kinder - 6th Grade: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 6:25 – 7:35 PM
(please note slight time change)
FIRST CLASS DAY for 7th - 8th Grade - EDGE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 6:15 – 7:45 PM
FIRST CLASS DAY for 9th - 12th Grade – LIFE TEEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Religious Education Registration forms:
Information Form: Life Teen/EDGE
Children's Religious Education Program Overview
The mission of St Monica Children's Religious Education Program is to facilitate the continuing spiritual growth and faith formation of the children of St Monica Parish so that the kingdom of God may be realized more fully in our world.
2017/2018 School Year
Our program is one that only exists thanks to the generosity and dedication of the people who donate their time to teach your child(ren). But equally important are you, parents. YOU instruct your child every day!
Children learn by experience and by watching their parents and peers. When you send your child to religious education classes and attend Mass as a family, you, as parents, are sending a very solid and strong message to your child about who they are, who their family is, and what is important to you.
Let’s be honest: we all have moments in which we make excuses to skip the weekend mass, however, participation in the Mass is an extremely important part of our religious tradition. It is in the Mass where we connect with Christ through the Eucharist, and our faith grows stronger. It is then that we can see more clearly the plans that God has for us. If you are going to teach a child to grow up to become a good Catholic, you must teach them the importance of going to mass.
In addition to participating in the Mass as a family, having a child in religion class will help cultivate your child’s relationships with their peers and elders in our church community. In a world that seems morals are blurred, children need a place where they can experience and be surrounded in a solid moral environment. Many school age children have a natural curiosity about God and spirituality. Regularly attending religious education classes allows them to have their questions answered, expands their theological knowledge and helps them to grow spiritually in their relationship with our Lord.
Children are going to get their “biases” from one place or another. Why not send them to religion classes and help influence their religious decisions? If they don’t get their influences from you, as a parent, they will get them from friends, TV, movies, etc. Those possibilities can be frightening.
Classes for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade are held on Wednesday evenings - 6:25 - 7:35 PM. This includes students who are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. While we realize this may pose as an inconvenience for some families due to student extracurricular activities, we have found this schedule works very well for most of the St. Monica families. You, as parents, have to consider what activities are best for your child.
We are forming a new program for our 7th and 8th graders – it is called EDGE, similar to Life Teen. Edge will be held on Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:45 PM.
Our High School program – Life Teen has been changed to Sunday afternoon 300 – 4:30 PM. This includes students who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Please read the policies and procedures attached for more details about the programs.
We strive to provide the best religious education for our family of Santa Monica. With the support of our parents, this can be achieved. Children learn by example and its attitude toward the program will reflect on what your child exits the program. You are invited to visit the class of your child at any time. The only thing that I ask is that you come to the office and advise me before going to the classrooms.
Your prayers for another year of success are appreciated.
May God bless you,
Janice van Slambrouck
Director of Religious Education