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Religious Education

Faith Formation

The faith development of a child is a journey shared between families and the parish community. Our Catholic Church believes parents are the primary educators of their children. The Children's Faith Formation department at St. Andrew by the Sea seeks to support parents in this lifelong journey of faith formation by providing catechetical instruction in scripture, doctrine, prayer and worship. We also assist in preparing children for their sacraments, all in the hopes of fostering personal and spiritual growth. With this is mind, and in keeping with our mission to know, love, serve, and worship the Lord together so that we will love one another, as Christ loves us, we have several sessions available for Children's Faith Formation.
 

Dear Parents/Guardians:
 

Welcome to our 2016-2017 Religious Education and Faith Formation Program. 
Faith Formation is one of the most important gifts you can give your child and
your family.  Our Religious Education Team is very excited about the upcoming year. 

At St. Andrew by the Sea we offer Religious Education classes for grades
Pre-K3 through 12th grade.   Classes are held on Sunday mornings
from 9:45 -10:45 am.    We are eagerly looking forward to helping your child
grow in their love for Christ Jesus, their faith formation and spiritual development.

Blessings,
Cheryl Hooper
Director or Religious Education
standrewdreoffice@gmail.com

361-949-8834

 

Classes - All Classes meet Sunday mornings 9:45 - 10:45
 

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Grades PreK3 - 2nd)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use.

You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children? If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, place in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time line showing the history of the kingdom of God. 

The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program (Grades 3 - 6th)

Gospel Weeklies differs from other programs in a number of significant ways. A catechism handbook and weekly take-home lessons replace the traditional textbook. Lessons flow from the Sunday Gospel, so children learn their faith within the rhythms of the liturgical year. We’ve prepared a one-page handout introducing parents and families to the program. The handout also contains information about online resources created especially for families.  For more information:

Jr. High and Youth Group (Grades 7th- 12th)

Meet Sunday mornings to break open the Word of God and for lively discussions on the Catholic Faith, Saints, Social Justice issues, Morality and to spend time in deep prayer and adoration.  Our youth participate in several "Angel Project" service projects each year.  Friends are welcome to come to class with your youth. 
 

Additional Information
 

FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
is a consecutive 2-year process, normally beginning in 1st grade (preparation
classes for older students are available).   Students must be registered in our
Religious Education program.  Weekly attendance in our parish CCD classes
is required unless the student is attending a local parochial school.  If your
child is enrolled in Sacramental Preparation, please provide a copy of his/her
baptismal certificate to the Religious Education Office. 
For more information see Eucharist.

R.C.I.C.

Students who are in grades 3-12 who have not received the Sacraments of Baptism,
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are invited to participate in the
Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (R.C.I.C.).  Please contact the Religious Education
office at standrewdreoffice@gmail.com for more information.

CONFIRMATION

Any 9th -12th grade student who wishes to recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation
must be enrolled in our Confirmation program. Confirmation preparation is a 2-year process.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation normally begins in 9th grade. If your child is
enrolled in Confirmation preparation please provide the Religious Education Office
with a copy of his/her baptismal certificate.  For more information see Confirmation.

Registration

Registration forms are available online by using the link in the side bar.at the parish office during normal office hours.
You may pick up registration forms at the parish office and return the form(s) by email to standrewdreoffice@gmail.com, mail them or leave it at the front office marked “Attention Religious Education Department”.
Please make sure that you fill out the forms completely.

Instructions for Pre-K3 through 12th grade Registration
Please fill out a separate form for each child you are enrolling.

  1. Fill out the entire form for each child.
  2. Make your tuition check payable to “St. Andrew by the Sea”.
  3. Tuition payment arrangements are available.
  4. Late fee of $5.00 per child begins after September 9th.
  5. Baptism certificates are required for Sacrament preparation classes.

ATTENDANCE/BEHAVIOR

  • Students must respect the Catechists, other students and property.
  • Punctuality is expected. 
  • Regular attendance in class greatly enhances your child’s faith formation.
  • Students, who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, should have no more than 3 excused absences per year. 
  • Parent and child attendance at scheduled Parent/Student classes for Sacramental Preparation is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religious Ed. Calendar

Registration Online 



Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, 14but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 
Matthew 19:13-14


 


I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me,
15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
16 And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and I must lead these too. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, one shepherd.
John10:14-15

  
    
    "Son Treasure" VBS 2014
          "Captain Cheryl"


           "Angel Project 2014"
        
Raised money to buy 130
         pairs of shoes for needy 
      children in our community.

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