Grades 1 – 8
Faith Formation and Family Catechesis sessions for children in grades 1 – 8 are held on scheduled Sundays, beginning with classroom instruction from 9:00 to 9:50 followed by the 10:00 am Mass. In between these onsite sessions, families follow-up with at-home sessions.
First grade children learn that God is our Creator who loves us unconditionally. They learn that Jesus came to save us through his life, death, and resurrection. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit forms the community of the Church. Just as we belong to our families, it is through Baptism that we become members and belong to God’s Family, the Church.
In second grade, the children learn that we are called to respond to God’s love for us by loving and caring for others. Immediate preparations are made for reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Third grade children learn that all of God’s creation is good and that we are called to live in community. Focus is on what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus and on how each of the sacraments deepens our relationship with God. Faith, hope and love are the foundations for the moral choices we make throughout our lives.
Fourth grade students are given an understanding of The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes and how to apply these to their everyday lives. Special attention is given to the Sacraments of Healing and Service as part of the moral dimension of our faith.
Fifth grade students focus on the sacramental life of the Church. As baptized Catholics, we enter a new way of life when we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation. Through the sacraments we live more fully in the life of the Church.
Sixth grade students focus on the history of salvation from the story of creation through the Old Testament, to its fulfillment in Jesus. Important themes of Catholic Social Teaching call us to holiness, to care for the earth and to act in the ways of justice.
Seventh grade students take a closer look at each of the four Synoptic Gospels, while focusing on the overarching themes of God, Jesus, Church, Sacraments and Morality.
Grade eight students are invited to enter into a deeper relationship with God and their faith in and through Jesus. The students focus on following Jesus and what it means to follow Jesus in their daily lives.
Important Information for Grades 1-8
Schedule changes are announced, as needed, in parish emails and bulletins.