Religious education is a process that we hope will lead us to recognize that we are on a journey that begins, for most of us, as children with the Sacrament of Baptism and continues through adulthood until the moment we pass from this earthly existence to eternal life in the Lord. Religious education can help us to understand that this growing in faith is for everyone.To form someone in the faith is a lifetime undertaking; it does not end when there are no more religion classes offered.
FOR STUDENTS K-10
Religious education classes are offered at St. Bridget School and St. Thomas Becket Church for children from Kindergarten to grade 10. Children receive First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in grade 3, and Confirmation in grade 10. Preparation for these sacraments involves 2-3 years of specialized instruction.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a unique approach to catechesis for children, offered at Saint Bridget of Sweden Parish for children in PreK 3 & 4.
CGS was developed in Rome in 1954 and uses a rich Montessori approach to engage young children in age-appropriate, hands-on materials based on Sacred Scripture and Liturgy. The CGS curriculum is designed to nurture a child’s pre-existing relationship with God.
The children learn in a specially prepared environment called the Atrium, a sacred and special space where children engage in a process of reflection and interaction. This time spent in the Atrium allows for even the youngest child to build a deep, lifelong relationship with Christ and his Church. Materials are intentionally prepared for the children to cultivate that loving relationship and further curiosity about the divine.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR PRE-SCHOOL:
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The process by which adults come into full communion with the Catholic Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Rather than simply being a “course of study” RCIA is an immersion into a Christ-centered way of living. This is accomplished through a process concerned with the total formation of a person into a BELIEVING (doctrinal formation), PRAYING (liturgical formation) and SERVING (apostolic formation) Roman Catholic Christian. It is a gradual process of conversion of mind and heart accomplished through experiencing and sharing the truths and doctrines of the Catholic Faith and studying the Scriptures, with other adult seekers, with the assistance and encouragement of the RCIA team of Catechists.
Who is this process for?
Unbaptized adults, who now wish to learn more about the Catholic Faith with the possibility of coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Baptized Christians, from other denominations, who desire to learn the Catholic Faith with the possibility of coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Catholics who were baptized, but have never received their First Holy Communion and have not been confirmed.
If you feel God calling you to this conversion of heart, please join us on this journey to a closer relationship with God and His Church. To begin this process, please call the Office of Religious Education or take a moment to fill out the form below.