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 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: Sunday Weekly Sessions (AFTERSHOCK)

All 9th and 10th graders have 3 options for their faith formation. The first option is our Sunday night Aftershock sessions.


Aftershock meets Sunday nights during 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. 


HIgh School: Grades 9 & 10

OPTION 2: Wednesday Weekly Sessions (Lectio)

This option meets Wednesdays at 8 pm during the school year. Lectio for high schoolers is a class option where we will dive into Sunday's scripture to prepare for Mass and engage in conversation with the Heart of Jesus. This is a chance for students to become familiar with the Bible and work together to see how the Lord is active in their lives. 

High SChool: Grades 9 & 10

OPTION 3: Summer Program

Students will also have the option of attending our summer program to fulfill their religious education requirement for the entire following school year. The program is still in the planning stages for the upcoming 2022 option. 


Last year, this option was called Camp Life Teen and was an 8-day program scheduled that met 1–6 pm daily. Students gathered for witness talks, small group discussions, outdoor activities, praise and worship music, Adoration, Reconciliation and much more. It was required that students attend all 8 days.

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 offer both fall and winter session options for Confirmation. Students who complete sacramental prep will then be confirmed at our annual Confirmation Mass with Bishop Ricken in the spring. 


Fall 2021 Session

Wednesdays at 8 pm

November 3, 10, 17; December 1

Retreat November 12–13


Winter 2022 Session

Wednesdays at 8 pm

February 2, 9, 16, 23

Retreat February 11–12