School of Religous Education
About Religious Education
The purpose of the Religious Education Program at St. Lawrence Martyr is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to our students and their families. We believe that “the task of imparting education belongs primarily to the family, and that it is in the Christian family . . . that children should be taught to know and worship God and to love their neighbour.” Catechists and staff strive to support the faith life of families, knowing that it is in the domestic church of the home that faith blossoms and is nourished. Because faith is more “caught” than “taught,” family involvement is essential to the success of St. Lawrence Martyr’s Religious Education Program.
At age appropriate times during their religious education, students are introduced to the truths of our faith woven into the Creed; the sacramental life of the Church; life in Christ; and prayer. All materials used in the program comply with the General Directory for Catechesis and provide a comprehensive presentation of doctrine, scripture, morality, prayer and sacraments. Supplementary materials such as videos, worksheets, bibles and music are also used.
There is a fee for Religious Education. No student will be turned away due to inability to pay. Tuition covers costs such as books, teacher and staff expenses, insurance, classroom materials, supplies, audio-visual aids, workshops, etc. Tuition is to be paid at the time of registration. A payment schedule can be established or special arrangements can be made.
Sacramental Preparation: Reconciliation and First Eucharist
The Religious Education Sacramental Program is a two-year formation process for baptized children at least seven years old. A student must have the equivalent of at least two consecutive years of formation and discernment to be considered a sacramental candidate. Sacramental preparation generally begins in the 1st grade and culminates in the 2nd grade with the celebration of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Parent participation is an essential component of the sacramental program.
The Reconciliation and Eucharist program includes:
• Parent orientation and formation meetings
• Classroom instruction
• Assembly for Reconciliation
• Celebration of the first reception of First Eucharist is held at Sunday Masses during the Easter Season.
• Attend parent orientation and parent meetings
St. Lawrence Martyr’s Religious Education Program thrives because of the participation of volunteers. Offering one’s time and talent is an excellent way to give witness to our faith. There are many opportunities for volunteer service at the school of Religious Education
Catechists are adult parishioners who teach children enrolled in our Religious Education Program about the wonders of God each week from September to May. This commitment to our children is their manner of giving back to God in gratitude for his generosity. There would be no Religious Education Program were it not for our volunteer catechists.
Parents of children in the program are encouraged to consider becoming a catechist. We have resources that explain the role of the catechist and the commitment involved.
Assists the catechist during class time.
Substitutes in the absence of the regular catechist.
Please contact the Office of Religious Education if you are interested in this ministry.