“These words that I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Parents …you are the single greatest influence on the spiritual and religious life of your children. Nothing else even comes close. If you live the faith inside and outside of your home, your children have the greatest opportunity to do the same. In the spiritual and Religious development of children, parents are more important than anything else, including peers and media (Notre Dame Study Panel: The National Study of Youth & Religion – Bartkus & Kenan, 2016). We are committed to supporting parents and families in living their faith inside and outside of their homes.
Unleash the Gospel
Archbishop Coakley has identified families as “the heart” of our archdiocesan efforts to unleash the Gospel because the family is the “domestic church” and is the first and most important setting for evangelization. Family is the “vital cell” for transforming the world. It is our privilege to journey in faith with every family; let’s encounter Jesus Christ together!
Enroll in Religious Education
To enroll your child(ren) in after-school religious education, please contact our Director of Religious Education. All classes meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We celebrate First Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd grade. Confirmation is celebrated every two years for 8th grade and up.
Enroll at St. Mary's Catholic School
To enroll your child(ren) as a student at St. Mary's Catholic School, please contact the school office. Students at St. Mary's receive religious education classes daily, attend daily Mass on Wednesday mornings, and are more actively engaged in the life of the Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)
This program is designed for children over the age of seven to receive any of the sacraments of initiation they may be missing. Please contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.
Tips for Teaching Children at Home
Create a Prayer Space. Here's how.
Set aside a dedicated day for learning the faith.
Contact your children’s teachers and catechists for faith lesson ideas for home.
Eat dinner together and check out this resource.
Don’t let the “teaching moments” pass you by; talk about Jesus in your daily lives.
Incorporate virtues – here’s a resource.