The Office of Religious Education implements the Catechetical mission of St. Anthony’s parish community. In close cooperation with the St. Anthony parish community, Youth Ministry and families we seek to provide solid instruction in religious and moral values, while recognizing the joy of being in relationship with Jesus. We foster an environment where faith is nourished and practiced in the events and activities of people’s daily lives. About 500 young Catholics benefit from our services and engage in building a community where people love God and each other.
Our goal is to help children and teens to develop and grow in their relationship with Jesus and others. We journey with them as they begin to understand and appreciate faith in their daily lives.
Grade 1: Sunday 9:30 or Tuesday 4 pm
Grade 2: Sunday 9:30 or Tuesday 4 pm or Wednesday 4 pm
Grade 3: Sunday 9:30 or Wednesday 4 pm
Grade 4, 5 & 6: Sunday 9:30 or Wednesday 4 pm
Grades 7 & 8: Sunday 5-6 pm, followed by Mass @ 6:00 pm
Grades 9 & 10: Sunday on a monthly rotating basis with Mass @ 6:00 pm,
followed by Class from 6:45-8:00 pm
Preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
These are the requirements children should meet in order to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
- The child should be baptized as a Christian
- Attend mass on Sunday
- Know the prayers by heart
- Know the parts of the mass
- Attend weekly classes
During weekly instruction the children will learn that God is a Father, loving and caring and just who sent his only son Jesus Christ, to save us from sin so we can live happily in communion with God. Students will come to appreciate the meaning of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist; that Jesus comes to their hearts and souls to feed them and strengthen them in their faith.
We also offer First Reconciliation and First Eucharist sacramental preparation for older students who have not received the sacraments.
Preparation for Confirmation
The Confirmation Program at St. Anthony’s is a two-year program beginning, most typically, in the fall of ninth grade. The program of studies over the two-year process strives to integrate: the Decision Point program (featuring Matthew Kelly), prayer and participation at Mass, service to others and morality.
- A copy of baptismal certificate
- Attend all religious education classes, including speakers
- Attend Mass weekly
- Attend a Retreat
- Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Participate in opportunities to serve others
- Choose a sponsor
The Sacrament of Confirmation is typically conferred on the candidates in the spring of their tenth grade.
We use the Promise format that introduces our newest students to God and Jesus in ways they can understand. They learn that we can understand God better by learning about the stories in the Bible. We learn about what happens at Mass and why it is important for us to attend Mass. They learn that God loves us and there is a difference between a sin and a mistake. They also begin to learn the basic prayers.
This is a very important year. We use Good News as a way to continue to learn about our faith through the gospels. We will also study the Mass and our Faith in greater depth. The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance where we confess our sins to a priest express our sorrow for our sins and receive God’s forgiveness and Grace. The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, which is consuming of the real presence of Jesus in the form of Jesus’ body. That the presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and divinity of Jesus is present in the Eucharist.
We also use Good News which brings the gospel to life in an age appropriate way. We will also focus on how we grow our faith after receiving First Eucharist. We will spend time on the Faith of our church and what it means to be a Catholic. The Third grade students also put on a Christmas Pageant for the Parish.
We use the Venture program. The students will also focus on morality including a deeper understanding the Ten Commandments.
We continue to use the Venture Program and additionally focus on study of the Sacraments.
We continue to use the Venture Program and also study the Old Testament in more depth.
Grades 7 & 8
We use Loyola Press “Christ Our Life”. We also strive to integrate knowledge of serving others by visits to the food pantry, nursing home, etc. as well as developing a sense that they belong to the St. Anthony parish catholic community.
Please refer here for the Act of Contrition we currently use with the students for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.