The religious education programs of St. George Church have as their mission the formation of children and youth as followers of Jesus Christ and members of his Church. Our goal is to help them grow in faith and love of Christ, to know him through prayer and sacraments, and to live according to his teachings. We encourage strong family involvement in all of our programs and recognize that nothing that is done in class can equal in importance the religious experience and example of praying with their own families at home and with the parish community at Mass on Sunday.
PRE K & KINDERGARTEN
PRE K & KINDERGARTEN This program introduces children Pre-K3 through Kindergarten to our Catholic faith with bible songs, stories and crafts. Classes meet the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 10-11am in the Church Hall. There is no tuition for participants, though registration is required.
GRADE 1 -Classes meet the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month in the Fr. Sullivan Center from 10:00 until the end of Mass. Students will learn about their faith through a variety of interactive lessons, crafts and stories.
GRADE 2 –First Reconciliation Program- Successful completion of this program is mandatory for entry into the 3rd grade First Communion program. Students will prepare for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation which takes place in the spring. Second grade classes the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:00-9:50 followed by attendance at the 10:00 Mass OR from 10:30-11:20 followed by attendance at the 11:30 Mass. Older children who have not celebrated First Penance and children attending Catholic schools are welcome and must register before the program begins. See schedule
Grade 3 –First Communion Program-Students must have completed the 2nd grade Reconciliation program to enter the First Communion program. Classes meet once weekly (M, T, W or Th.) to discuss the topic of the Church and prepare for the Sacrament of First Communion which takes place in the spring. Older children who have not celebrated First Communion and children attending Catholic schools are welcome and must register before the program begins. See schedule
Grade 4 Students continue to deepen the understanding of our Church and meet once weekly (M, T, W, or Th.) from 3:30-4:30pm. They will discuss the topic of Morality by reading scripture and the learning teachings of the Ten Commandments and an introduction to the Beatitudes. See schedule
GRADE 5 & 6
GRADES 5 & 6 Students meet once weekly (M, T, W, or Th.). Classes for both grades are held in the Father Sullivan Center from 3:15-4:15. See schedule
Grade 5–Students examine the 7 Sacraments to understand that God pledges to give us his unconditional and unending love.
Grade 6- Students will learn about God’s Covenant as revealed in the Old Testament. Students learn that the Scriptures are the living word of God that tells the story of our faith.
GRADE 7 & 8
GRADES 7 & 8 Successful completion of this two year program is mandatory for entry into the 9th and 10th grade Confirmation Program. In this two-year community based program students come together for 12 classes in the Father Sullivan Center, and will participate in two small group out-of-class projects each year. Guest speakers and activities are offered during the year. Classes are held Tuesday (7th Grade) and Wednesday (8th Grade) from 7:00pm -8:30pm in the Fr. Sullivan Center.
GRADE 9 & 10
Grades 9 & 10 Confirmation Program-Students participate in a two year Confirmation preparation program. The program includes small and large group educational presentations on various faith themes, including Catholic identity and the meaning of Confirmation. Requirements will also include 15 hours of community service per year and at least a one day retreat and one weekend retreat during the two year period. Guest speakers, retreat days, and social events will be offered periodically throughout the year. All classes are held on alternating Mondays in the Fr. Sullivan Center.
Grades 11 & 12 Peer Ministry Program-High school Juniors and Seniors are invited to participate in the Peer Ministry program. There is no tuition for participants, though registration is required.