"Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents" (Catechism, 2226).
My Dear Friends in Christ,
Welcome to Saints Peter & Paul Church and our Sunday School! Thank you for allowing us to share the love of Jesus and our Catholic faith with your children. As your Administrator of Christian Faith Formation, I invite you to get to know your child's catechists and aides, your child's Sunday School environment, and of course, their curriculum. We will try our best to provide many opportunities for you and your family to continue to grow in the love and hope of our Lord.
Our responsibility as a parish church is to support parents in their role as the primary teachers and evangelists of their families. Through our full range of Religious Education programs, we seek to give the children in our care the knowledge, experience, and the skills necessary to become faithful and fruitful disciples.
Please find below, information regarding our Sunday School Year, 2017-2018. You may click here to register!
Joyfully in Christ,
Christian Faith Formation
1) Encourage Regular Attendance:
Sunday School begins at 8:45 am. Please help your child to be on time and attend as often as possible. Consistency and continuity are of extreme importance. Each unit of study builds on the week prior and throughout the year. Your child's prompt arrival enables the entire class to get the most out of the lesson.
Children should use the bathroom prior to class.
Doors will be locked to the school building after 8:45 am, so please arrive early.
2) Welcome Desk
Mr. and Mrs. Milligan, our Welcome Desk "Champions", will be available to assist you with any questions you may have regarding registration, tuition and fees, or materials. Please stop in to see them at the main entrance.
3) Beginning of Class
Parents are to bring their children to their classroom. Children will be responsible for bringing their folder to class each week. If the class is in prayer, please wait with your child until the prayer time has ended before entering the classroom. Again, please introduce yourself to the catechist and aide.
4) End of Class
Class lasts one hour and fifteen minutes, ending at 10:00 am. Parents will pick their children up at 10:00, promptly.
Children Kindergarten through Grade Four are picked up in the classroom. (Don't forget their outerwear!)
Children in Grade Five through Grade Eight are to be picked up in the cafeteria.
No child is permitted to leave the school building without a parent or another designated person.
All of us, especially catechists, aides, and Welcome Desk personnel are eager to get to mass on time, so please do not be tardy.
5) Attending Mass
The celebration of the Holy Mass is the pinnacle of our week. Regularly attending mass helps our children (and all of us) find our true home. Children must learn that God wants His whole family to gather, to break bread, and to proclaim our oneness. If we model making mass a priority, children will learn that God comes first.
6) Take Home/Bring Back Folder
Please open your child's Christian Formation Folder, early on in the week. There are times when the catechists send home a request for an item or perhaps a little homework. Encourage your child to put their folder in a special place in your home. This way, each week, you can return it to Sunday School.
We promise to join you in praying for and with your child. Prayer is even more essential in your home. Please be sure to teach your children; The Sign of the Cross, Lord's Prayer, and Hail Mary. Children will often falter or feel disconnected in class when they do not know their prayers.
Second Grade and above will be required to learn all of the above and the Act of Contrition and the Doxology.
Middle School children will be required to know all of the above and the Nicene Creed.
8) Questions or Meeting Request with the Administrative Coordinator
Feel free to contact me Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, to answer any questions or to discuss concerns.
9) Preparing and Receiving the Sacraments
Please refer to Sacramental Formation section on the website.
10) Curriculum-Christ Our Life New Evangelization Edition
Loyola Press, Imprimatur and found to be in Conformity through the USCCB and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Christ Our Life instructs the learner through the context of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- What Catholics Believe and Know (Profession of Faith)
- How Catholics Worship and Proclaim (The Celebration of the Christian Mystery-Sacraments of Faith)
- How Catholics Live and Witness (Life in Christ, Living the Commandments, Social Justice)
- How Catholics Pray and Share (Prayer and Spirituality)