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
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.]
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.