2016-2017 Religious Education Information

August 2016

 

Dear Parents,

                                             Fire and heat, bless the Lord;

   praise and exalt him above all forever!

If three innocent youths can praise God in a fiery furnace of ancient Babylon - a furnace so hot it scorched those who stoked it - surely we can praise God in the relative cool of mid-August Richmond!  (There were some extenuating circumstances for the boys  ... )  Do you recognize the scenario?  Whether you do or you don't brings me to the point of this letter:  it is an invitation to all children and young people of our parish to deepen their knowledge and love of our faith, including our Sacred Scriptures, by participating in the Christian Formation programs we offer. 

  1. Of course bring your children every weekend to the Sunday Eucharist! From about age 4 until they are 4th or 5th graders, they may participate in our Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 11:00 liturgy.  Neither registration nor consistent participation is necessary.

 

  1. Sunday Morning Religious Education serves children from kindergarten through the eighth grade. All children of the parish are welcome; we especially urge children who do not attend a Catholic school to participate.  The program begins this year on September 11 and continues, with some exceptions, through the middle of April.  Classes meet in All Saints School from 9:45 until 10:45.  (When the restoration of the church is complete, classes will move back to Dorsey Hall.)

                  Please register your child/children for Sunday Morning Religious Education after one of the weekend liturgies by using the forms available in the vestibule of All Saints School.  Please use a separate registration form for each child.  You may also register your child during the week at the parish office.

  1. Preparation for receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation (or Penance) and Eucharist takes place in the fall and the spring, respectively. Eligible children will have already completed at least one full year of religious education, as well as be currently enrolled in the program. Baptized children must complete preparation for First Reconciliation before they can begin preparation for First Eucharist.  Parents are invited to attend several sessions for adults to assist them in leading their children to these important sacraments.  The parish will celebrate First Reconciliation on Saturday morning, December 10 at 10:30 and First Eucharist at each of the weekend liturgies April 29-30.  Sheri Brown (320-1594 or brnbunch6@gmail.com ) or I will be happy to answer your questions regarding these sacraments.

                  Please indicate on the child’s form for Sunday Morning Religious Education that you would like him/her to prepare for these sacraments.

  1. All ninth and tenth grade youth who do not attend a Catholic school, as well as all older youth who have not been confirmed, should participate in the High School Religious Education program. Classes take place in the fall.  If you have questions about High School Religious Education, please contact John Tucker at jtuckeriii@comcast.net or 786-7084 (day) or 746-0466 (evening).

                  Please register your High School son or daughter for High School Religious Education by using the form available in the vestibule of All Saints School.  Please use a separate registration form for each child.  You may also register your child during the week at the parish office.

  1. High School Sophomores or older High School youth, including those who attend Catholic school, who seek to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 2017 must enroll in a High School Religious Education program (#4 above). Confirmation preparation itself will take place after the first of the year.  For more information about Confirmation, please contact John Tucker at jtuckeriii@comcast.net or 786-7084 (day) or 746-0466 (evening).

 

  1. If your child, or a child close to you, has not been baptized please call me to talk about this. Paul’s would be honored to assist you in leading this child to the font and welcoming him/her into our Christian community.

 

All the teachers and the whole parish staff wish you God’s blessing in the coming year and look forward to seeing you often as we continue our efforts to allow God’s word to shape our lives and our eternal destiny.  Do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you.

Blessings and peace,

 

 

Mary Kate Berglund,

            Minister of Children's Christian Formation and Worship

285-4368 (home phone) or mk.berglund@verizon.net

 *The biblically astute among you will have recognized the verses that open this letter as from the prayer of the three Hebrew youths thrown into the fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon because they would not worship his huge golden statue. You and your children can read the story in Daniel 3.