PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION
Also known as PSR, the Parish School of Religion is a religious formation program that serves families with children grades 1st through 8th that attend public schools. We seek to educate children in the faith and to form lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ to build up the life of the Church. In doing so, we assist parents in their role as primary educators of the faith by handing on the teachings of the faith through weekly catechesis. Catechesis is systematic instruction in the Catholic faith and the teachings of the Church; it is the handing-on of Christ’s message to his people. Simply put, catechesis serves to help people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in His name, and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ. A dedicated team of parishioners volunteer their time as catechists for our PSR program to hand on the faith to our children.
Our PSR classes are held from middle August until early May on Wednesday evenings from 6:15 – 7:30.
Each environment plays an essential role in preparing a child to receive the sacraments: the home, the parish, and religion classes. The role of parents is irreplaceable, as parents are entrusted as the primary educators of their children and serve as first and foremost models of the faith. Therefore, all sacramental preparation begins in the home. Through religion classes, students receive necessary religious instruction and come to know the basic doctrines of the Catholic faith and the person of Jesus Christ. Finally, the parish prepares its candidates for fruitful reception of the Sacraments, by promoting prayer and participation in the life, mission, and work of the Church.
First Reconciliation & First Communion
The sacrament of First Reconciliation takes place during the second grade year. Preparation for Reconciliation is centered around understanding God’s mercy and forgiveness as students prepare to confess their sins and receive absolution. Students wishing to receive these Sacraments in their second grade year must be enrolled the year prior as well, beginning in first grade.
First Communion takes place toward the end of the second grade year, after Reconciliation. Students will become familiar with the order of the Mass and basics of prayer as they prepare to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist. As the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit’ of the Catholic faith, adequate preparation is necessary, which begins in first grade. If your child is entering second grade and has not had prior religious instruction, please contact Mrs. Katie Maxwell to determine if they can be placed in the second grade sacramental program.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is received toward the end of the eighth grade year. It is not a graduation or a completion, rather, a strengthening of faith and a sending forth to proclaim and defend the Kingdom of God. Preparation for Confirmation is ongoing from the time First Communion is received until the eighth grade year. Other than completing the religion curriculum, elements of preparation include choosing a sponsor, choosing the name of a recognized saint, Christian service, and participation in a retreat. If your child is entering 8th grade desiring Confirmation and has missed the previous year or more of religious instruction, please contact Mrs. Katie Maxwell to determine if they can be placed in the eighth grade Confirmation program.