Religious Education

The Catholic Church, states that “parent above others are obliged to form their children in the faith and practice of Christian life by work and example” (Can. 774). Our parish recognizes and affirms parents in their role as the primary catechists of their children. As your children were baptized, parents and godparents made a commitment to see that their child or godchild would be raised in the Catholic Faith.  That is not a simple or necessarily easy task.  We know that families are so very busy, so we want to help you bring discipleship into your family’s daily routine.  

In additional to attending weekly Mass and on Holy Days of Obligation, we ask that your family commit to forming yourself in the faith and helping your child(ren) experience the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Church. The parish is a family of families. Each of us offers unique time, talent, and treasure.  Each of us is needed and valuable to the growth of our parish and our program.  We ask that your family commit to tithing the parish and program.

All religious education families are asked to make a Family Committment each religious education year:

Family Committment in English

Family Committment in Spanish

 

St. Francis of Assisi Religious Education Program follows the Diocesan Standards:

Catechetical standards and benchmarks identify the expectations for the formation of Catholic youth and include specific grade level competencies that every youth should know and be able to demonstrate.  They are intended to strengthen the partnership between the primary educators of children—the parents—and the supporting educators of children—Catholic parish and school personnel.  These standards and benchmarks will assist parents and catechists to work together toward these learning competencies and the creative developing of different curriculum to ensure successful catechesis and thus, most naturally, a deeper communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ the Savior of the World.

View the NEW Standards and Benchmarks  for grades 1-8 on the Diocese Web Page

Grades 1-5: Faith & Life Series (www.ignatius.com)

Grades 6-8 Edge

Grades 9-12 Lifeteen

For questions or to register for one of our programs, please conact Jodi El-Beri (grades 1-5) or Tiffany Topel (grades 6-12).

 Grade 1: Our Heavenly Father

Introduction to the Holy Trinity through presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God's plan of salvation and our part in that plan. Acquaints children with Mary, angels, and the saints. Children learn basic prayers.

 Grade 2: Jesus Our Life

Preparation for the first reception of the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God's mercy and love. Covers Creation, the Covenant with Moses, the Ten Commandments, Redemption, Forgiveness of Sins, and the Mass.

 Grade 3: Our Life with Jesus

God's plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost and our life in the Church. Special emphasis on the importance of Confession, Communion and the Mass.

 Grade 4: Jesus Our Guide

God's plan to save his people from sin (Salvation History), how we participate in that plan, and the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage on earth to Heaven through his word, his law, and his Church.

 Grade 5: Credo: I Believe

A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, and the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.

You can read more about our policies and procedures, found in our handbook:

Handbook in English

Handbook in Spanish