Faith Formation

 

Philosophy

 

Policy

Come celebrate God's presence among us by being a part of Religious Education here at St. John the Evangelist. Our program is designed for children in grades Kindergarten through 8th who do not attend the parish school. This program works through the cooperative efforts of parents, catechists and students. We invite you to join us in building a community of faith in which each child can better see and understand the action of God in our community through faith-sharing, prayer and liturgy.

Our Religious Education Program is intended for faith formation in addition to what the parents are providing at home in the day-to-day living of our Catholic faith. The curriculum is designed to have continuity from Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Skipping of years in between sacraments does not allow for adequate faith formation. It is difficult, if not impossible, for a child and teacher to make up for inadequate preparation. Students will be eligible for enrollment in the Confirmation program only if they have completed the previous year (Grade 7) in our program or a program at another parish. This policy also applies for the First Reconciliation/First Communion Program—your child must be enrolled in First Grade before they begin the 2nd Grade year. Children age seven and older who have not been baptized require specialized catechesis along with their parents. Contact the DRE for more information.

 

General Expectations

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It is expected that families attend Mass every Sunday (including Holy Days of Obligation) and receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation, as applicable, on a regular basis. Each family should be actively involved in the life of the parish in order to model a living, conscious and active Christian faith and to reinforce the values and attitudes for living that faith. The family and their children also must act in accordance with these values and attitudes. Parents preparing their children for sacraments are expected to attend parent meetings as scheduled.

 

Vacation Bible School

Learning about our faith doesn’t end with the academic year! Our VBS is held in late June each summer. This program is for participants ages Pre-K through 5th grade and volunteers from grade 7 and up. This week-long adventure is full of fun and faith formation. Volunteers 18 and older must be VIRTUS trained. Call the Church office for more information.

 

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Deacon Paul and Sue Worth

The RCIA program assists interested men and women seeking more information about Catholicism to discover its roots and continue along their journey of faith. This includes those who have never been baptized; those baptized in other Christian faiths, and baptized Catholics who have not received First Holy Communion or Confirmation. Classes meet on Sunday mornings in the Conference Room at the Parish Center. With the help of sponsors and through experiences involving the whole community, the process leads to the sacraments of Initiation and full Communion with the Church, at the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday.

 

Adult Education

Deacon David Lasseter, Pete Falkenhausen

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Throughout the year you will find the deacons are offering classes on different topics. During Lent adults are encourage to join one of the many Faith Sharing Groups available. Adults are also invited to attend RCIA classes in order to deepen their understanding of our Catholic faith and the teachings of the Church. Check the Events calendar on our Home Page and watch the bulletin for upcoming classes. You may also call the Church Office for more information.