Religious Education Classes for Grades K – 8 (September – Mid-April)

Registration begins late April/early May. This program complies with the curriculum guidelines of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Classes at St. Joan of Arc will begin September 10, 2018. Please watch the bulletin for class assignments.

On the first night of classes each student will be given a schedule for the entire year along with the Religious Education rules. These are linked in each grade description below.

Sessions for Grades K-8:

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grade 8
Grades 1-4
Grades 5-7

Program Overview

Our program, to help your child understand their Catholic faith, is based on an eight year plan. Through the years your child will be introduced to the basics of the Catholic faith

In 1st grade, your child will be introduced to the concept of belonging to God’s family.
By the end of first grade he or she is expected to know their basic prayers: The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, the Glory Be, and the Blessing Before Meals .

In 2nd grade, along with preparing for the Sacraments of Communion and Reconciliation, your child will learn an Act of Contrition and have some understanding of the Mass.

Prayer and the Creed are the focus of 3rd grade. This year your child will develop their relationship with God by making praying personal. By the end of the year, your child will know and understand the Apostles Creed

Your child will learn the 10 Commandments in 4th grade, the Seven Sacraments in 5th grade, and gain an understanding of the Bible in 6th and 7th grades. In each of these grades, the topics are discussed in ways that have meaning for the student in today’s world.

8th grade is a review of all that has been learned, and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

It is our goal that during these eight years, your child will not only have a basic understanding of the Catholic Faith, but also have developed a personal and lasting relationship with God.

Textbook Series

Your child will be using the We Believe books as their textbooks. You will notice that this series involves the family in every lesson. Each lesson has a Project Disciple section, in which the basic theme of the lesson is reinforced. This includes a Take Home section in which you are asked to do something that fits into the lesson of the week. Your child will be asked to do this section as “homework” each week. Also look over the chapter test; this will let you know if your child understood the lesson. Please work with your child to review the material being taught each week. Your child will only learn and become comfortable with this material if you reinforce the knowledge at home. Setting aside the time to do this becomes a way for you to understand what your child is learning, to grow in your own faith, and to share that faith with your child. (A personal relationship with God comes by sharing personal stories about how God touches your life.) This series also has a web site, for your use. The Gather in My Name section on the Web sit is a great resource for understanding the Sunday Liturgies!

But more than examples, you must talk to your child about your relationship with God and the Church. If you want your children to embrace their faith, you need to both show and tell!

Do you attend Mass with your child? Do you talk about the priest’s homily on the way home from church? Do you have family prayer times? Do you celebrate the religious theme of the holidays? 
Do you celebrate the Sacraments as a family? Do you invite God into your everyday life?
 These are the some of the basics of raising a child in the Catholic faith.

CVOL (Catholic Vision of Love)

The Catholic Vision of Love is the chastity education program that is part of our religious education and school formation curricula. It is so important that we understand our role as families in forming our children in The Faith, so that they may grow in excellence reverencing always the dignity of who they are and how live each day in response to Christ’s everlasting love.

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