Bringing the Fullness of the Faith Alive

In St. Mary and Sons of Zebedee’s Religious Education program, your child will learn from the Spirit of Truth Curriculum. This program from the Sophia Institute will help your child grow in faith. Spirit of Truth covers the breadth of the Catechism in a rich and age-appropriate way, to connect with students of diverse backgrounds and differing familiarity with the Catholic Faith.

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2021-2022 Elementary Religious Education Classes 

Our children’s religious education classes will return to meeting in-person! We will meet twice a month on Mondays beginning in September! Family Faith Nights will continue during the upcoming year! There will be nights for Families of grades 1-4 and youth nights for grades 5 & 6! These events may include: a spiritual retreat, a liturgical year or feast day celebration, a service activity, a rosary night, adoration, a speaker, etc.

In order to run the program, we are in need of catechists to mentor the children in their faith. Our children benefit from your witness to our Catholic faith to help them grow. Please pray and consider joining our enthusiastic team of volunteers!

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Topics Taught By Grade Level

Grade 1

  • Introduction to the basic parts of the Mass.
  • Reality of sin is further explored in connection with the Sacrament of Confession.
  • Continue to learn from the lives of saints.
  • Explore the basics of prayer as a conversation with God.

Grade 2

  • They will return to following the previous curriculum: Signs of Grace: You are Forgive and You are Loved.
  • In addition to in class curriculum, parents will receive the Blessed curriculum to complete at home.
  • Special focus is placed on the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist this year.
  • Continue to learn about the parts of the Mass, the lives and lessons of the saints, and more ways to pray.

Grade 3

  • Basics of the Trinity and all seven Sacraments.
  • Build on what they have learned about prayer, and explore what it means to live as children of God.
  • Focus on Jesus’ Parables of the Kingdom and Mary, the Mother of the Church.

Grade 4

  • Explore conscience formation, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Golden Rule, and the Great Commandment.
  • The reality of sin and the necessity of virtue are emphasized.

Grade 5

  • Explore what it means that God is the source of all life.
  • Learn more about Holy Mass and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Read and discuss longer biographies of the saints, especially young saints.

Grade 6

  • Includes basics of reading the Bible, Magisterial authority, praying with Scripture, how the Bible is different from other books, and the four senses of Scripture.
  • Experience a comprehensive exploration of the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation, all through the lens of the Incarnation.

Class Schedule

More information and details for the 2021-22 religious education year are forthcoming! The calendar for classes can be downloaded below.

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To sign up, please fill out the appropriate registration form below. For questions and more information, please contact Lesa Staehler, DRE.