Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation 2021-2022

Online registration for Religious Educaiton and Sacrament preparation will begin soon.  Below we have linkted two videos with detailed instructions on how to create a My Own Church account (video #1) and sign up for classes (video #2).  If you haven't already, you will need to set up a My Own Church account first.  Please follow the instructions on video #1.  Video #2 offers instructions on how to sign up for Religious Education and Sacrament Preparation.  If you don't need a refresher, below is a link to a pdf of the instructions in video #2.  If you need assistance with registration, please contact Peggy for elementary aged students, Andrew for High School students, and Joan for Family programs and Middle School students.  

  • Peggy Byers, Religious Education Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-864-4714
  • Andrew McCarthy, Youth Ministry Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-864-4715
  • Joan Nelson, Director, Office of Evangelization, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-864-4708

 

Religious Ed Options 2021-2022

Video #1 (Setting up My Own Church)

Video #2 (How to sign up for classes) 

PDF (Slides from Options video)

 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 2021-2022

Confirmation 2021-2022

Discipleship Team Registration  


Program Offerings for Religious Education:


Pre-K through Grade 5

Sunday morning Religious Ed. (in-person)  The schedule generally follows the public school student holiday calendar.  Classes meet from 10 to 11am in the school building.  Carpool on the field side of the building begins at 9:40am.  Volunteer catechists, aides, and carpool helpers are needed!

 September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 24, May 1, 15, 22

Families of Faith (All ages)** meets via Zoom with in-person kick off and wrap up.  Children and parents participate together.  Offered Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening.

Sunday (3-4pm) -September 26 (Kick off in-person for both groups 3pm), October 3, 17, November 7, 21, December 5, January 9, 30, February 6, 27, March 13, 27, April 24, May 15 (Wrap up in-person for both groups 3pm).

Thursday (6-7pm)-September 26 (Kick off in-person for both groups 3pm), October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, January 6, 20, February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 21, May 15 (Wrap up in-person for both groups 3pm).

**If you have children in both elementary and middle or high school, you have the option of participating in either Families of Faith or Alpha Online.  You do not need to sign up for both.  We're happy to help you choose, please call the office to discuss.

Home School with Workbook (parent & student) This option is only available for grades K-5.  We provide the workbook (the same used at the in-person classes on Sunday mornings).  Parent and child work at their own pace until the workbook is complete.  Completed workbooks must be turned in to the Office by June 30, 2022.


Grades 6-8

EDGE (in-person) The schedule generally follows the public school student holiday calendar.  Class meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm in the St. Edward-Epiphany School building.  Volunteer core team members are needed!

We hope to resume offering the Sunday Night Dinner program for participants of EDGE and Life Nights after the 5pm Mass.  Volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up are needed!

September 12 (Parent only meeting), 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19, January 9, 23, 30, February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 10, 24, May 1, 15, 22

Family Alpha Online** meets via Zoom on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7pm with two in-person gatherings for the Kick off and Wrap up, a service project and attendance at the Advent Reconcilation Service.  Students and parents participate together.  This option is open to both middle and high school students and their parents.

September 30 Kick off (in-person), October 14, 28, November 11, December 9, 15 (attend Parish Advent Reconciliation Service in-person), 18 (sevice project in-person), January 13, 27, February 3, 17, march 3, 17, April 28, May 12 Wrap up (in-person)

**If you have children in both elementary and middle or high school, you have the option of participating in either Families of Faith or Alpha Online.  You do not need to sign up for both.  We're happy to help you choose, please call the office to discuss.


Grades 9-12

Life Nights (in-person) The schedule generally follows the public school student holiday calendar.  Class meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm in the Community Center of the church building.  Volunteer core team members are needed!

We hope to resume offering the Sunday Night Dinner program for participants of EDGE and Life Nights after the 5pm Mass.  Volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up are needed!

September 12 (Parent only meeting), 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 21, December 5, 19, January 9, 23, 20, February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 10, 24, May 1, 15, 22

LT Connect Small Group (in-person) meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm in the Bosco Center.  This group size is limited to 15 students.  Volunteer core team members are needed!

September 21, 28, October 12, 19, 26, November 9, 16, 30, December 7, January 4, 11, 18, February 1, 15, 22, March 1, 15, 22, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Family Alpha Online** meets via Zoom on Thursday evenings from 6 to 7pm with two in-person gatherings for the Kick off and Wrap up, a service project and attendance at the Advent Reconcilation Service.  Students and parents participate together.  This option is open to both middle and high school students and their parents.

September 30 Kick off (in-person), October 14, 28, November 11, December 9, 15 (attend Parish Advent Reconciliation Service in-person), 18 (sevice project in-person), January 13, 27, February 3, 17, march 3, 17, April 28, May 12 Wrap up (in-person)

**If you have children in both elementary and middle or high school, you have the option of participating in either Families of Faith or Alpha Online.  You do not need to sign up for both.  We're happy to help you choose, please call the office to discuss.

 Link to Register (to create a My Own Church account and/or to register using your existing My Own Church account)

 

Special resources and opportunities 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

 

 

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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