In addition to the New York State Standards, the diocese sets guidelines for religious instruction on all grade levels. The religious education program consists of three major elements: instruction, worship, and service as described below:
- Instruction – presenting God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in such a manner that students will be open to love and celebrate their Creator, Redeemer, and Life-giver. Additionally, Catholic Church history, doctrine, and morality are taught.
- Worship – teaching formal and spontaneous prayer, both individual and communal; creating liturgies and para liturgies; providing programs which foster a social conscience; participating in monthly Masses and special class Masses in the convent chapel, quarterly penance services
- Service – providing programs and opportunities which foster a social conscience sensitive to the needs of all (school, parish, community, world); teaching justice, mercy, and peace through the use of Scripture and the social documents of the Church; requiring service hours of Confirmation students.
The sacrament program is also an integral part of religious education at each child’s home parish. Reconciliation and First Eucharist are usually received in the second grade. Confirmation is received in 8th grade if all requirements are met. The director of faith formation at each child’s home parish can provide more specific information about the sacramental programs. Sunday Mass attendance is imperative for all Catholic students. It is recommended that parents attend Mass with the children each week, whether or not the children are in their parish sacrament program.
Parents are the primary teachers of the children in their religious formation, and it is your example and commitment to your Catholic faith and its practice that will impact your children’s faith development.
Please support the school’s efforts by attending Mass and the sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.