Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation 2020-2021

 

We are excited to be able to announce our plans for the Religious Education year.  We will offer in-person and online options for elementary, middle-, and high-school students.  You can see all of the options in the chart below!

We will be hosting a webinar explaining the options in greater detail, as well as outlining the online registration process this Thursday, September 3rd at 7 pm. This webinar will be live-streamed on our parish Facebook. You can find the video once we go live Thursday night at this link: FaceBook Live Videos

 

Registration will go live directly following the webinar

 

The first step of online registration will be to create an account with My Own Church, which is the software package tied to our parish database.  You can save time later by taking care of that process now!  Here’s the link: https://stedchurch.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=132&Itemid=193

We will also begin registration for First Holy Communion and Confirmation classes.  Please remember that sacramental preparation is separate from Religious Education and that participation in Religious Education (either in a parish program or a Catholic school) is a requirement for First Communion and Confirmation. Details for these programs can be found following the below links:

First Penance & Communion 2020-21

Confirmation 2020-21

Discipleship Team Registration  

 

In-Person Options for Religious Education

Grade 

Face-to-Face 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sunday Mornings: 

9:30am-10:30am in the school

October 18, 25 / November 1, 8, 15, 22 / December 6, 13, 20

12 children per classroom; masks and temperature checks required

** We currently have enough volunteers to offer only one section of each grade.If you can help, please contact Joan**

6, 7, 8

EDGE Connect Groups 

Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am OR Sundays, 6:30pm-7:45pm

October 18, 25 / November 1, 8, 15, 22 / December 6, 13, 20

In the school; 12 teens per small group

Small group meetings with whole-group prayer; masks and temperature checks required

9, 10, 11, 12

Life Nights 

Sundays 6:30-7:45pm in the gym

Oct. 4 (Parent Session,)18, 25 / November 1, 8, 15, 22 / December 6, 13, 20

Maximum of 55 participants; masks and temperature checks required

(OR )

Life Teen Connect Groups 

Sundays 12:15pm – 1:30pm

Oct. 4 (Parent Session), 18 / Nov. 1, 15, 22, 29 / Dec. 6, 20

OR

Tuesdays 6:30-7:45

Oct. 4 (Parent Session), 20 / Nov. 3, 17, 24 / Dec. 1, 8, 22

 

In the Bosco Center or Classroom (space is limited)

10 teens per small group; masks and temperature checks required

 

 Online and Other Options for Religious Education

Grade

Online - Synchronous

Asynchronous Options

Grades 1, 3, 4, 5

Families of Faith (see below) 

Parent-led Workbook

at home

or 

Online Homeschool 

self-paced 

Grade 2

Weekly Zoom Meeting

for 2nd graders only with volunteer catechists

Day/time TBD

or 

Families of Faith (see below)

Parent-led Workbook

at home

or 

Online Homeschool 

self-paced 

Grades 6, 7, 8

EDGE Connect Groups online 

Thursdays, 6:00pm-6:45pm

October 22, 29 / November 5, 12, 19 / December 3, 10, 17

or

 Families of Faith (see below)

Parent-led Workbook

at home

or 

Online Homeschool 

self-paced 

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Virtual Life Nights

Sundays, 6:30-7:45pm via Zoom

Oct. 18, 25 / Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 / Dec. 6, 13, 20

same content as in person; live talks & small groups

 or

Families of Faith (see below)

Parent-led Workbook

at home

or 

Online Homeschool 

self-paced 

Families of Faith 

All grades

Student(s) will log on with at least one parent and Evangelization staff will facilitate discussion and sharing between family members.  The program will aim to be appropriate for children and teens of all agesParticipant families will “meet” every other week, with activities to work on in the “off” weeks.  Families will sign up for either Sunday afternoons or Thursday nights.

 

Sundays 3pm-4:15pmOctober 25 / November 8, 22 / December 6, 20

OR 

Thursdays 6pm-7:15pmOctober 22 / November 5, 19 / December 3, 17

 

Other Information: 

  • Volunteers are needed for all programs at all levels.  In addition to classroom catechists and small-group leaders, there is also always a need for help with check-in, hall monitors, and behind-the-scenes assistance. 
  • Full attendance is expected.  
  • We have only publicized meeting dates for the first semester.  2021 dates will be released later. 
  • The registration process is online and registration is on a first-come/first-served basis until space is full.  Many classes will fill before the registration deadline.  Early registration is highly encouraged. 
  • Fees:  All programs are $50 per student/ maximum of $150 per family 
  • Confidential scholarships are available; please contact Joan if you need financial assistance 
  • Fees are waived for volunteer families 

 

Below you will find videos walking you through the registration process.                                                              If you already have a My Own Church account please start with Video #2.

 

Registration Video Step #1 

Registration Video Step #2 & #3

 

Religious Education & Sacramental Preparation Registration Link!

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Joan Nelson
Director of Evangelization
Family Programs
Children's Initiation
864-4708
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Peggy Byers
Coordinator of Religious Education
Sacramental Preparation (Baptism, First Penance, First Communion)
864-4714
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Andrew McCarthy
Coordinator of Youth Ministry (High School)
Confirmation Preparation
864-4715
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Alys Eaton
Middle School Youth Leader
Coordinator for EDGE
864-4719
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God Bless,
St. Edward Department of Evangelization

 

 

 

Special updates during the days of COVID-19  

Pray the Rosary together online:

Each day, you can log on for a virtual Rosary prayer meeting with members of our St. Edward community.  The time will change each day. No worries if you don't have experience praying the Rosary - you only need to speak in this "meeting" if you want to.  The link will become active about 5 minutes before we are supposed to start, and will not work once we have finished praying. The links are posted each day on our Facebook page.

Resources for keeping the Sabbath holy when you can't come to Mass:

Resources for anyone:

  • We are live streaming Mass from our Chapel every day.  Weekdays at 9 am, Saturday at 5 pm, and Sunday at 10 am.  You can access the link on the homepage, or click here: Daily Mass stream
  • Have you signed up for your free Formed account yet? What are you waiting for? Go to Formed and sign up for your free account. There are videos and resources for all ages.
  • One of the Nelson family's favorite apps is Pray-As-You-Go, which offers daily meditations on the Gospel.  They are releasing a special edition - Pray As You Stay, which offers prayer support specifically for these times.  Here's the link: Pray As You Stay
  • Would you rather read than watch a video or listen to something online? Magnificat is offering free access to its daily prayers.  Find more information here: Magnificat

Additional resources for families with kids

  • Magnifikid is an awesome Missalette aimed at children ages 6-12. There are colorful photos, age-appropriate explanations of the readings, and prayers for the family to say together.  Usually a paid subscription service, they are currently offering free access: Magnifikid
  • Holy Heroes is another great source for Sunday Mass information - videos, coloring pages, etc. Holy Heroes
  • Pflaum publishes materials for Children's Liturgy of the Word and is making their materials available for free.  Here is the link: Pflaum Children's Liturgy leaflets

Additional resources for families with teens

  • Life Teen is launching a website dedicated to bringing you, your families, and your teens resources to engage in the liturgy.  This website can be accessed by anyone, so feel free to share it.  These resources are designed to help us dive into God's word and include Summit for Families (written to be facilitated by parents for teenagers with adaptations for younger siblings) and Teen-led Summit (written to teens to do with their peers.) You can find the materials here - Life Teen Summit
  • Here at St. Edward, Andrew will be hosting Life Teen Live (Sundays at 6:30), Youth Group Live (Wednesdays at 6:30), and digital small groups on Thursdays at 2pm via Instagram.  Follow @stedyouth on Instagram or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Evangelization

The Office of Evangelization is responsible for Religious Education for children and teens, Youth Ministry for middle- and high-school teens, Family Programs, and Sacramental Preparation for Baptism, First Penance, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation.

Although we provide many programs through our various ministries, the only goal of our department is to offer opportunities for you and your family to experience and form a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. 

Sacramental preparation programs and religious education classes do not exist for their own sake; they are meant to open your mind and your heart to the richness of the Catholic faith as it has been handed on to us through Scripture and Tradition so that you might, through your witness, share the love of Christ Jesus with your family and with the world.

Please let us know how we can help you as you move along your journey of faith.

 

 

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