Information for Catholic School Families


A word about "Christian" Schools...

We ask that parents who are sending their child to a "Christian" School to consider the importance of supplementing their child's faith formation with regular Religious Education Classes. We appreciate that your child is getting a firm moral foundation and wonderful exposure to the Word of God through their study of the Bible in school. We encourage you to round out that good foundation by adding a Catholic perspective found in attending regular weekly classes. We hope that you will expose your child to our rich Catholic Tradition which includes a deeper understanding of the Sacraments, the Church and the Communion of Saints.

You may be thinking, "I pay good money to send my child to a Catholic school: what does parish Religious Education have to do with my family?"

While your child's Catholic school may be a faith community that supports your child's spiritual growth, there can be no substitute for YOUR role in forming your child's faith. One of the most important ways that you support your child's faith is by attending weekly Mass with your family. Because of the special role that parishes play in supporting families through the Eucharist, our Diocese says that all children should prepare for their sacraments in their home parish where they are nourished by their participation in Mass. This means that while Catholic school students do not need to participate in regularly scheduled weekly classes, they should participate in the sacramental preparation programs of their home parish and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation with their peers with whom they pray at Mass each week. Throughout the year we offer special family faith gatherings (for example last year we did a Bible Workshop and Breakfast in Bethlehem) which you and your family are welcome to attend. These events can be a great way to build the relationship between your family and our parish.