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Religious Education I Educación Religiosa

OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Welcome to Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Religious Education Program. We are here to serve you and your family as you continue to grow through your faith journey. Our vision is to instill families, adults, youth and children with the Living Word of God so to inspire them to grow and share their Catholic faith with others through their culture and traditions.

We currently offer the following programs:

Sacramental Preparation for:

    • Unbaptized Children, Youth, and Adults (RCIA)
    • First Holy Communion
    • First Reconciliation
    • Confirmation
  • Catechism classes for Pre K to Adult Faith Formation

Thank you for supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Please pray for our ministers as they continue to shine the light of Christ through their words and actions.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW

CURRICULUM:

We will be using the parish curriculum Spirit of Truth by the Sophia Institute for Teachers for all grade levels and Sacramental Preparation.

“Spirit of Truth covers the breadth of the Catechism in a rich and age-appropriate way, to connect with students of diverse backgrounds and differing familiarity with the Catholic Faith.

While it's important for your students to understand the Faith, Spirit of Truth is designed to help them internalize the Faith and apply it to their own lives, providing ample opportunity for them to reflect on how everything they are learning applies to their own lived experience.”

 

SCHEDULE/FAMILY NIGHTS & EVENTS:

Classes are held Sunday mornings. 3 Sundays each month from

10:45am -11:45am.

Family Nights & events are held at various days & times throughout the year. We will have Family Nights to celebrate different Liturgical and Traditional Catholic events in our community. Family Nights & events are a part of the Religious Education curriculum, and we highly encourage parents to participate with their child.

 

FAMILY CATECHESIS:

Faith first and foremost is taught and learned in the home in the domestic church. To help parents, godparents and family members grow their domestic church we will offer a parent classes using the Family Catechesis program, A Family of Faith by the Sophia Institute for teachers.

*It is required that at least one parent/guardian attend for each child enrolled in 1st Holy Communion class, but is open to ALL PARENTS each week.

“With A Family of Faith, families come together regularly — growing in relationship with one another and learning the truths of the Catholic Faith and how to apply them in their lives. In the parish and at home parents and children have the opportunity to build strong relationships through discussion and reflection on topics that matter in their lives.

As families continue to come together to learn about the life of Jesus Christ, His teachings, and the Catholic Faith, they desire to know Him better. The home becomes the place of deep learning as families desire to follow Jesus more closely. Families are introduced to the spiritual treasures of the home, the domestic church. Parents can learn and share with their children practices such as grace before meals, reading and praying with Scripture, and learning about the lives of the saints.”

 

REGISTRATION FEES:        

Pre K – High School Regular Catechism Classes        $40

Sacramental Classes: Baptism, 1st Communion, Confirmation, RCIA          $50 

 

ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL:

Children must be dropped off and picked up inside the Parish Hall- preferably inside their classroom, and not the parking lot.

Class will start promptly at 10:45am.

Please keep the office informed if your child will be absent or late.

 

ATTENDANCE- CLASS & MASS:

Class: Regular class attendance is encouraged as long as you feel healthy and safe. Take home activities can be requested if you feel you cannot attend class.

 

Mass: Our spiritual life strengthens when we go to Mass to remember God’s love and promises. It is important for families to celebrate the Eucharist every Sunday and practice the children’s prayers daily.

For your convenience, class will start just after the 9:30am Mass!

 

CLASS CANCELLATION:

If there is inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to contact you and update our social media to keep you informed of class cancellations.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT:

We want to create and keep a safe and nurturing environment at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. If you see or hear anything inappropriate from another child or adult, please contact the director or priest immediately. Your information will be kept confidential.

Every catechist and church volunteer is required to take the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Circle of Grace Safe Environment Class. Everyone is expected to behave respectfully towards their catechists, peers, themselves and Church property.

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY:

Children’s Liturgy is celebrated at the 9:30am and 12pm Mass every Sunday. Children are dismissed to the back of the church gathering space just before the first reading, and return to their families during the offertory.

The readings, prayers, and proper Mass etiquette are taught at a child level. All children are invited to join at any time. No registration required.