Forming Children in the Faith
One of the largest responsibilities and also greatest joys of a parish is working with parents in helping to form the next generation of disciples.
We have excellent programs in both Tuesday Religious Education and Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts. Please also take a look at our Facebook page with great information about religious education at St. Alphonsus.
You can find our full 2016-2017 Religious Education Calendar here
Each child should be enrolled in a religious education program each year of school, in grades one through eight. We also offer pre-school and kindergarten (in the school) and kindergarten (in the Tuesday RE program.)
We try to mainstream students with special needs to the best of our ability in the Tuesday RE program. We recruit catechists who can work one-on-one with students, if necessary. If a student can’t be accommodated in our program, there are local SPRED centers (Special Religious Education) and we will coordinate with them to help meet the student’s needs. Every child can be catechized and prepared for the sacraments.
Resources and Links
- Comprehensive goal and vision statement – What students should know by the time they are confirmed. Our desire is to help them accept the demands of being disciples, while knowing the basics of our faith and Church tradition.
- The full curriculum can be found here. This year we are in the process of looking at our curriculum and see where changes are needed.
While class participation is important, nothing substitutes for a child being raised in a household of faith. We encourage (and expect) parents to help their children learn the prayers and traditions of the church, modeling and reinforcing what is covered in class
Sacrament Preparation for Children
We have parish programs, involving family participation, for the preparation of children who wish to celebrate baptism, penance, confirmation and First Communion. Full information is available here.
The Tuesday Religious Education Program
The Tuesday program meets every week from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM in the school. The classes begin in September and end in early May.
Volunteer catechists are the backbone of the program, giving hours of time and dedication. If you are interested in becoming a catechist, contact Linda Herrera.
Registration for the program begins in May for returning students and in July for new students, and closes in September. Late registration may be possible if space is still available in a grade level. We also take students transferring from other programs, with a transfer letter from their previous parish or Catholic school. For further information, contact Linda Herrera.