RE Program Information

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St. Raphael offers two program tracks for religious education:

  1. A whole-family alternative to traditional classes for grades PK–8 called Families of Faith.
  2. Traditional weekly and Sunday School class sessions for just the students.

Families of Faith

a Whole-Family Alternative to Weekly CLASS SESSIONS

Vision

Research tells us that parental involvement in the faith life of a child is by far the most important element in ensuring that a child develops a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus and the community of believers that is the Church. The Families of Faith Program recognizes, supports, and upholds the primacy of parents as their child’s first, most important, and best catechist by focusing on the spiritual growth of all members of the family, especially parents.


Format

Families meet 3–5 pm one Sunday a month August–April for faith formation. The general session format is:

  • 3 pm Welcome and prayer

  • Fellowship

  • Parents and children (grades PK-8) attend breakout sessions where children receive developmentally appropriate faith formation with their peers. While their children are in class, parents receive formation to help them grow in their own faith and are provided resources for facilitating the monthly faith focus for all members of the family at home for the remaining three weeks of the month.

  • Closing prayer

  • 5 pm Mass

  • During the other three week of the month, parents teach their children at home with resources provided at the monthly class sessions. 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Sunday School CLASS SESSIONS

PreK/K Sunday School is offered every other week September–April at the 9 and 11 am Sunday Masses. The program is for children in 4K and Kindergarten. The curriculum features activities, Bible stories, music, crafts, prayer, games and more. Children imagine, explore, create, and do, engaging all their senses as they gain the building blocks for a lifetime of Catholic Faith. Allelu! nurtures young children’s natural tendency to seek a relationship with God, reinforcing a strong sense of community.

Elementary School

Weekday Class Sessions

Written by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Christ Our Life, New Evangelization Edition curriculum for grades 1–5 provides the foundation of our faith formation program. Some special features of this series are: 

  • Original spiral curriculum ensures consistent progress and development

  • Faith content is developed throughout with Scripture integrated into each lesson

  • Four pillars of the Church—Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, and Prayer—are integrated

  • Abundant prayer opportunities invite personal and communal prayer

  • Catholic Social Teaching connects with real-life faith

  • Online resources available for catechists, parents, and children to supplement and reinforce the concepts taught in class


The primary theme of each grade is: 

  • 1st Grade: God is good - Salvation

  • 2nd Grade: God Cares for Us - Eucharist and Reconciliation

  • 3rd Grade: We Believe - The Catholic Faith

  • 4th Grade: God Guides Us - The Ten Commandments/Beatitudes

  • 5th Grade: We Worship - Liturgy and the Mass


We invite you to see the many online resources offered by Christ Our Life at the Loyola Press website.

MIddle School

EDGE is our Middle school Youth Ministry program. EDGE provides the opportunity for our middle school students to gather in large and small group formats. Each week the session will allow for exploration on a given topic in our faith. Activities are designed to allow the students to reflect and learn how a given topic impacts them not just on the intellectual level but how it impacts their daily life as they strive to live out the call to discipleship. The EDGE students will be mentored by adult volunteers as well as members of the High School Peer Ministry team as we work to form a community of disciples.


High School: Grades 9 & 10

Option 1: Weekly Sessions (AFTERSHOCK)

 

All 9th and 10th graders have 2 options for their faith formation. The first option is our Sunday night Aftershock sessions.


Aftershock meets every Sunday night in the school year. It begins immediately after the 5 pm Sunday Mass, running from 6–8 pm. We promise students who attend these sessions three things: food, fun & faith! Aftershock includes a light meal and the chance for students to share in fellowship and friendship with other students while being mentored by our adult volunteer COR team. Nights will dive into a topic of our faith, usually through a teaching and a personal witness, with the students encouraged to share how a given topic impacts them in a small group setting. Opportunities to grow in prayer and leadership experiences will also be offered. 


Our Aftershock sessions will begin on September 13, 2020, and conclude on December 20 in the fall semester. They will then resume January 10, 2021, and conclude on April 25.



High SChool: Grades 9 & 10

OPTION 2: Summer Program (Camp Life Teen)

Students will also have the option of attending our summer program to fulfill their religious education requirement. This year, we are introducing a new program called Camp Life Teen. It is essentially Aftershock meets a summer day camp. Camp Life Teen is an 8-day program scheduled for July 6–9 and 13–16, 2020. It will meet from 1–6 pm daily within those 8 days. Students will gather for witness talks, small group discussions, outdoor activities, praise and worship music, Adoration, Reconciliation and much more. Camp Life Teen will be led by a variety of staff and volunteers. These people include our adult volunteer COR Team, our catechists, and our high school peer ministry team.


We ask that students attend all 8 days, should they choose this option. This will fulfill their religious education requirement for the entire school year.

Confirmation

All students who have completed our high school religious education program, or completed 9th and 10th grade theology classes at Lourdes Academy, are eligible for our Confirmation program. We are hoping to offer both summer and fall session options for Confirmation. These sessions are to-be-determined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also hoping to offer both a summer & fall Kyrios retreat as options for sacramental prep. The dates and locations of these retreats are also to-be-determined.


Students who complete sacramental prep will then be confirmed at our annual Confirmation Mass, which is to be scheduled with Bishop Ricken for the spring of 2021. The Mass will be hosted at our parish, and the date is to-be-determined.