Welcome to Co-Cathedral Religious Education!
In keeping with the Mission Statement of the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, all those who are called to serve in the catechetical ministry of the church work together to carry out these specific objectives:
- To teach the message of God's love to children, youth, and adults within the parish community;
- To educate children, youth, and adults in the basic teachings of the Catholic Church;
- To inspire and to motivate a living faith which leads to a deeper understanding of the message of Jesus Christ and a greater desire to follow Him;
- To prepare and to celebrate the sacramental life of the Church;
- To lead people to holiness through prayer, worship and apostolic service;
- To build the parish community of faith by strengthening the faith life of those who are already committed; by reaching out to these who are hungering of God; and by providing opportunities for continuing spiritual formation for all;
- To ive witness to the Gospel by loving and compassionate service to others;
- To present Christ's love and teaching to each person with disabilities in as full and rich manner as she or he can assimilate; to proved for the religious education needs of children, youth, and adults who, for whatever reason, cannot fir into regular programming;
- to welcome the rich diversity in age, ethnicity, culture, language, and economic background of our parish community and to share our resources at all levels.
First Reconciliation and First Communion for Grade 2 and Older Children
Children of this age are prepared to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the first time using the sacramental preparation " Believe. Celebrate. Live
" provided by Sadlier. They are lead to a deeper understanding of the Sacraments through catechesis and by engaging them in varied activities such as memorizing basic prayers, practicing liturgical actions and listening and acting out Bible stories.
Confirmation for Teens and Adults
- A two year program is designed to prepare the youth for a life of Christian discipleship through catechesis, prayer and liturgy and opportunity for community services. They use
“Send Out Your Spirit ”textbook provided by Ave Maria Press. This program culminates with the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- For Adults (18 and above) – This sacramental preparation is offered to all baptized adults who desires to be confirmed into the Catholic Christian community. Through their classes they will be led to a deeper understanding of the sacrament they are receiving and will be provided with a solid foundation for sacramental life and moral living. This year we offer two batches for Adult Confirmation classes:
1st Batch ( Sept – Dec 2016) – Classes: 6- 7:30 pm, Tues, twice a month
Confirmation : December 2016, Catechist: Roxanne Casiello
2nd Batch ( Jan – April 2017) – Classes: 7- 8:00 pm, every Monday
Confirmation: Easter Vigil 2017, Catechist: Fred Nunes
Adult Baptism (R.CI.A - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
This program is for the following adults: unbaptized who desire a Roman Catholic baptism or baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become a Roman Catholic . They are prepared according to the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. They meet every Sunday at 9:20- 10:20 am.
This program is for any unbaptized child over the age of reason,( ages 7- 17) who desires to become Catholic. They are prepared to receive Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Holy Communion) on Easter Vigil. The RCIA process is adapted to meet the specific needs of children and youth.
Parents are the first catechists of their children. This class will lead parents to a more mature faith in Jesus, a deeper knowledge and love of his person and message and a firm commitment to follow him. (NDC#19). Participants will study, pray, reflect and share the gospel message.
A systematic Catholic study of the Bible on selected topics and using approved resources. The group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:45 to 7:45pm in the library. This is open to all parishioners who wish to know and love God through his words in the Scriptures.
High school students are invited to join our program which meets from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It includes prayer and worship, relevant discussions, and activities designed to share faith and build community.
- Lectio Divina Group
This prayer groups uses a method of prayer using scriptural reading intended to promote communion with God and provide special spiritual insights. The group meets on Wednesday at 7p.m. at rectory conference room. Parents of our Religious Education students are encouraged to join and be in touch with God’s living presence through His words.
Calendar of Activities
Classroom & Family Activities
Faith Formation Family Handbook
Religious Education Family Handbook
Teen Confirmation Family Handbook
Guidelines in Preparing
Announcements and Reminders
RE Christmas Party 2016