Religious Education offerings for Middle School - Grades 7 & 8

Classes are from 6:15 to 7:45 on Sunday Evenings

What can you expect in the Middle School Program:

Middle School years are a time of growth, change, and seeking personal identity. It is our goal to provide structured Catechetical programs that integrate community life, evangelization, faithful catechesis, and prayer. The goal is to empower young people to live as deciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, and to foster the total personal and spiritual frowth of each young person (National Directory of Catechesis, pg. 201).

Reception of the Sacraments:

It is assumed that most young teens have received their Sacraments. However, we will still offer opportunities if your child is in need of receiving Sacraments. If your child has not yet received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, or First Holy Communion,  the office needs to be notified of this immediately. Your child will need to have additional instruction in order to prepare to receive the Sacraments. This may also be needed if your child has not been involved in Religious Education for several years.

Content of the Catechetical Program:

Throughout the course of the Catechetical year, we seek to expose the children to as much Catholic Catechesis as possible.. The Religious Education Program takes place from mid-September through May. This technically gives us only 26-28 class periods together. If you factor in the 15 minutes that Catechists generally have to wait until all or most of the youth  to arrive, it gives us significantly less time in class. Therefore, your assistance in dropping off your youth on time every week greatly increases the amount of time that they receive in Catechetical Formation.

Middle School Components:

  • Competency Standards; Learning and living our Catholic Faith is a life-long process. In order to seek to ensure that students are learning and retaining their Catholic Faith from year to year, a standardized assessment will be givin in the 5th and 8th grades. The data obtained from this assessment is not a "pass or fail" but rather an opportunity for Catechists and families to identify areas in which instruction is deficient, and remedy it.
  • A Parent Handbook is provided HERE to see what information is being taught each year.
  • Systematic and Faithful Catechesis will be presented as the norm. Young people will continue to build upon themes that they learned in younger grades while learning how to apply them to specific situations in their lives.
  • Students will have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways by periodically participating in skits, icebreakers, discussions, dialogues, and role playing with themes specifically related to the Catholic Faith and the current Lesson Objectives.
  • Students will be in an inviting, structured environment conducive to ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to learn their Catholic Faith.

Behavior Policy:

Though it is rare to have behavioral issues in classes, an outline for dealing with behavior issues is outlined here:
  1. First incident: Should a student tend to be disruptive and unruly, the student will be warned and told what specific disruption they have done  and how it needs to be corrected.
  2. Second incident: The student will be sent to the Coordinator for a  Conference with the Catechist. At this time the parents will be notified of the situation.
  3. Third incident: Parents will be asked to accompany their child in the classroom for the duration of the period of the class. Furhter incidents will be addressed as needed.