The Religious Education Program (Pre-K-7th)

Purpose and Mission:
St. Anselm Church is a Catholic community formed by families, individuals and clergy that worship together, celebrate the sacramental life of the Church, and seek to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An integral part of that mission is catechesis.

For this reason, the purpose and mission of our Religious Education Program is to authentically respond to our Lord’s command to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” – Luke: 10:27

Religious Education Schedule

St. Anselm Catholic Church welcomes all children (PreK-7th grade), regardless of previous formation and sacramental preparation, to enroll in our Religious Education Program.

Classes begin on September 10th and go through June 3rd. Pre-K through 7th grade meet Sunday mornings at 8:45AM at St. Anselm School (40 Belle Ave).

The Program is made up of two phases, the curriculum-based phase which takes place in the classroom and the liturgical phase which takes place immediately following at the 10:00AM family Mass. The children walk over from the School, with their catechists, to the Church where they meet their parents for Mass.

[8th graders are now welcome to register for our New Confirmation Program which will begin on September 10th. Please click here for more information.

2nd graders and older children/those who have already received one full year of religious education and need First Reconciliation/ First Communion, please register for our Sacramental Preparation Program and not our Religious Education Program. Please click here for more information.]

Curriculum:
The Religious Education Program has been using for the past three years the curriculum produced by Loyola Press called Finding God. This is a comprehensive program that integrates learning for children through lessons, artwork, music, games, activities and prayer. The curriculum is based on a teaching method known as “spiral curriculum” that integrates the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with Scripture and Catholic Social Teachings. As children are introduced to and revisit concepts and vocabulary from one year to the next, their knowledge and experience both broaden and deepen. This program provides lessons in the faith and delivers those lessons through experiential activities that encourage lifelong practice.

Parents may access a wealth of online materials and learn more about the program by going to: www.findinggod.com.

 

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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -MT19:14

ANNOUNCEMENT: NEW Parent Orientation is tonight in our parish hall at 6pm! Returning families not required to attend.

Religious Education Registration:

Registration for 2017-2018 is NOW OPEN now til September 1st.

Fee: $175 for one child, and $250 for 2 or more children

Religious Education Registration Form

Program Handbook

NEW Parent Orientation will be held at our Parish Hall on August 31st at 6pm

Children’s Liturgy of the Word :

During the 10am family mass, Fr. Jose invites Children ages 4 and up to receive a blessing. The children are then escorted by their catechist to our parish hall to receive a child friendly lesson of the liturgy of the day. After their lesson, the children are then escorted back into the church to be seating with their families for the remainder of the mass. Those who have already received their First Communion will make it back in time to share in the communal meal.

Anticipated schedule for 2017-2018 coming soon.

Please let us know if you can be a back up teacher or just be in the room to help supervise. Even if you cannot commit every Sunday, please reach out.

Contact Information:

Natalie, Director of Religious Education & Faith Formation

dre@saintanselm.org / (415) 453-2342 ext. 20