Children's Faith Formation

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Preschool/Kindergarten - Classes for ages 3 through K meet during the 10:00 Mass beginning September 23.  Preschool/Kindergarten Schedule - available in August

Grades K-5 - Classes meet Sundays, 8:30-9:45 AM, and Mondays, 4:00-5:15 PM and 6:00-7:15 PM, beginning with a parent/child kick-off on September 16/17.  Click for the Sunday calendar or Monday calendar.  (Available in August)

Home-School - Parents who desire to teach their elementary children at home, or who are not able to attend the weekday parish-based programs, may choose to home-teach their child. (Parents who home-school are encouraged to participate in PATHWAYS, the diocesan catechist certification program.)

F.I.R.E./ Generations of Faith - These family-centered programs includes adults and children of all ages, meeting twice a month with a small group of other families.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

- Families of students enrolled must be registered parishioners. 

- Complete the online registration form or return registration and parent response forms by August 31.  No phone registrations will be taken.

- Rosters will be prepared and classes filled in the order that registrations are received.

- Registration will be closed September 1 - 30 while class rolls are finalized.

- Once a class has been filled, it is closed.  Additional sections of a grade level will be opened if catechists and space are available.

Please note: Although it is never too late to register your child, it benefits the entire program when you return your registrations on or before the deadline.  Space is limited  - to ensure your choice of sessions we urge you to complete the registration forms soon - this week if possible - so that you don’t forget.

Late Registrations: If you do need to register late, you will need to come into the office.  If classroom preparations have already been made you will be responsible for ensuring that materials are prepared for your child.

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

Children in 2nd grade and older are invited to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion.  By diocesan policy, participation in these preparation programs is separate from and in addition to enrollment in elementary religious education classes. 

REGISTRATION FEES

The fee schedule is as follows:   For those who register promptly (before June 30) the program fee for 2018-2019 will be $20 per family.  After June 30, the program fee will be $25 per family.  The program fee applies to all families registering: for preschool, elementary, youth, Confirmation, and FIRE/Generations. In addition, there is a book fee of $15 per child for preschool, elementary, and PS-5th grade home-teaching; and $20 for 6th - 12th graders and 6th-8th home-teaching.  The family program fee will be determined by the curriculum chosen by each group, payable in September.  Sacramental fees are $20 each for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and $75 for the Confirmation retreat.  They can be paid by mailing or delivering a check payable to "Church of the Redeemer" to the church office, or online through the E-Giving program

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Our programs cannot exist without YOU!  Obviously, our first need is for Catechists.  Catechists have the opportunity to grow in their faith in wonderful ways as they prepare and share with the children and youth of our parish.  It is an exciting, challenging, and rewarding ministry.  The diocesan catechist certification program, Pathways, is offered to assist catechists in developing their skills.  We encourage you to consider this ministry!

Another opportunity for you to consider is being an Assistant.  (Diocesan policy requires us to have two VIRTUS-trained adults with each group.)There is no major preparation time needed for this role.

There are many other needs in the program as well.  We expect that every parent can do something!  Our programs are better and stronger with your involvement. There are ways to help even if you cannot make a long- term commitment.  Please study our needs on the “Ways to Help” sheet and make your response on your Parent Response form.

 ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE CONTACT WITH CHILDREN OR YOUTH MUST COMPLETE BACKGROUND SCREENING FORMS AND ATTEND A VIRTUS TRAINING SESSION.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL MEETINGS

Preschool/Kindergarten - Pick up parent packets the weekend of September 14/15.  

Grades K-5 - Parent/Child Kick-off Sessions during the regularly scheduled class times the week of September 15.