St. Apollinaris Parish

Religious Education

For the past 50 years the St Apollinaris Religious Education Program has provided the religious training and spiritual formation for our children and youth attending public schools.  This is one of the most important ministries of the church:  "Go forth and teach all Nations" is our primary purpose.  Our dedicated teacher-catechists are all volunteers who share their faith with the students each week in a friendly classroom setting.  We prepare our children for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and for First Communion.  This Sacramental preparation also provides our parents with additional spiritual formation and adult education.  We work closely with the parents, affirming their role as the primary teachers of their children and supporting them in their efforts to pass on this rich heritage and the traditions of the Catholic faith.

We focus on helping the child:

  1. Grow to know God, not just to know about  but to develop a lasting relationhip with God
  2. Grow in knowledge and understanding of the Sacraments of the Church in order to celebrate these sacraments, in particular Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, with meaning and joy.
  3. Study and understand the moral principals and values which, as a Catholic Christian, guide our lives in accordance with God's design and purpose and the dignity of each person.
  4. Learn the many ways in which we communicate with God in prayer - formal and traditional prayers, spontaneous prayer, liturgical prayer and in particular, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Our program provides quality faith formation and education for children ranging from pre-school through fifth grade.  Children sixth grade and older continue their faith journey through the Youth Ministry department that expands their education and prepares them for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  


Programs Available
Nursery: Sundays 9:00-9:45 a.m. (until the end of Mass) Open to children eighteen months to two years of age. Begins early September and conclude with the close of the public school calendar.

Three and Four Year Old Program: Sundays 9:00-9:45 a.m. (until the end of Mass) or 10:30-11:15 a.m. Begins early September and conclude with the close of the public school calendar.

Grades 1-5: Tuesday or Wednesday 3:30-4:45 p.m. Classes are open to all public school children. Classes begin early September and conclude with the close of the public school calendar. All classes begin with liturgical music that follows the season.

A copy of the child’s Baptismal Certificate and a copy of the child’s Civil Birth Certificate must be presented when registering a child for First Communion. First Communion requires two consecutive years of faith formation and can be received as early as 2nd grade.

Volunteers are always welcomed and needed, financial donations are accepted, and support of our annual fundraiser - The Angel Bazaar and Craft Faire - is deeply appreciated.

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For additional information, for any questions you may have or to volunteer, please call our office.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Mrs. Laura Schafle, Director

JoAnn Dunn, Secretary - Barbara Olson, Secretary

707-255-7200 office phone