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–10 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-10) 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 during the 10 am Sunday Mass. 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.


Elementary School

Weekday Class Sessions

Written by Sophia Institute, Spirit of Truth- Parish Edition provides an outline and curriculum content for our weekly Religious Education program. It is a full year of varied and engaging lessons, helping catechists create learning environments that capture students imaginations while improving knowledge retention.


At each grade level, students will be led into meaningful group discussions and rotate in Discovery Stations consisting of: Teacher time, Prayer Puzzle/ Practice and Repeat (1st& 2nd), Scripture/CCC (3rd-5th), & Let’s Create. Supplements and activities are age and grade level appropriate helping them grow in relationship to Jesus and presenting to our youth why our faith matters. 


Some highlights of this series include:

  • Original spiral curriculum to ensure consistent progress and development
  • Content is faith based with sacred Scripture integrated into each lesson
  • Four pillars of the Church—Creed, Sacraments, Commandments, and Prayer—are integrated
  • Prayer opportunities to invite personal and communal prayer
  • Catholic Social Teaching connects with real-life faith
  • Online resources available for catechists and families to reinforce the sessions
The Primary Theme of each grade is: 
  • 1st Grade: God Is Love
  • 2nd Grade: Our Life In Jesus
  • 3rd Grade: The Kingdom of God and the Church
  • 4th Grade: Jesus Teaches How To Live
  • 5th Grade: Sacraments
We invite you to preview the online resources offered by Sophia Institute and their catechist/student curriculum that will be used: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/spirit-of-truth/parish-edition

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

St. Raphael Offers two Faith Formation options for High School Youth

OPTION 1: WEDNESDAY BI-WEEKLY SESSIONS

This option meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, starting September 21, 2022, and going until April, from 7:30–9 pm. We have revamped our High School program, combining past formats with new ideas. The focus for this year will be threefold:

  1. Deepening our relationship with God through prayer
  2. Growing in our knowledge and understanding of scripture and liturgy
  3. Applying that to our lives and the modern world

In addition to our 14 Class sessions, students are required to fulfill their remaining hours through one of the following Retreat or service options:


OPTION 2: SUMMER PROGRAM

Students also have the option of attending our summer program, Camp Lifeteen, to fulfill their religious education requirement for the entire following school year. This option is an 8-day program that meets for 4.5 hours each day. Students gather for witness talks, small group discussions, outdoor activities, praise and worship music, Adoration, Reconciliation and much more. It is required that students attend all 8 days.  See below for meeting dates/times for Summer 2022


2022 Summer Camp Lifeteen Gr. 9/10 RE Option

August 2–5 (Tuesday–Friday) 

Aug 8–11 (Monday–Thursday)

1–5:30 pm

Aftershock meets Sunday nights Sept-May. It begins with the 5 pm Sunday Mass where we will have a section at Mass just for us! Next we continue the night with a communal meal, games, prayer and the chance to grow in faith and fellowship. Nights will dive into a variety of topics on 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. There will also be social nights throughout the year to allow us to relax, have fun and grow in community. Aftershock is not required, rather it is an open invite to any and all high schoolers to “Come as You Are.”


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. Confirmation classes will be on the 2nd and Last Wednesday of the month, September through February, from 7:30-9pm. Students who complete sacramental prep will then be confirmed at our annual Confirmation Mass with Bishop Ricken on Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm.


In addition to the regular classes (8 total) students are required to attend a Confirmation retreat. This year’s retreat will be:

  • Friday, January 6, 6–9 pm at St. Raphael, sponsors required to attend with their Confirmande on this day only
  • Saturday, January 7, 9 am–6 pm at Fr. Carr’s Place 2B, only students attend

All classes and retreat are required in order to be Confirmed. Students will also need service hours, in addition to various paperwork that will be covered in the first class on September 14, when at least one parent is required to attend.