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Religious Education

st. john fashioning faith programFashioning Faith Program
Fashioning Faith is a monthly intergenerational faith formation program that focuses on a specific topic each month following a yearly theme. It is taught by volunteers from the parishes and Fr. Dodson and encourages parents to be the primary faith educator for their children.

  • Sacraments
  • Creed
  • Life in Christ: Beatitudes and Commandments
  • Prayer
  • Divine Revelation and Scripture
  • Liturgy: The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery
  • Conscience and Morality/Virtue
  • Humans in Community: Social Justice

Each session begins with fellowship and a parish family lunch after Sunday Mass at St. Edward and a community dinner at St. John the Evangelist. The group then breaks into various age groups and the program topic is presented in age-appropriate lessons and presentations. Information supporting the learning is provided to take home. The program meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month, also our Youth Sundays, after the 10:30 am Mass at St. Edward and at 5:00 pm at St. John the Evangelist (except in May it meets on the 3rd Sunday). All parishioners and community members are invited to join in these learning sessions.

St. John the Evangelist Fashioning Faith Registration Form                           St. Edward Fashioning Faith Registration Form

1st CommunionSacrament Preparation Classes
Students preparing for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation participate in sacrament preparation classes. Contact the Directors of Religious Education, Maryann McGinnis, St. John the Evangelist and Kathy Ducharme, St. Edward at the rectory for more information and a schedule of classes.

St. John the Evangelist Sacrament Preparation Student Registration Form

St. Edward Sacrament Preparation Student Registration Form

Circle of Grace
Circle of Grace is a Catholic safe environment program for our children, required by our diocese. This program is incorporated into our Fashioning Faith lessons during the school year. Parents will receive information as to when the lessons will be covered. Material and/or homework may come home with your child and need to be returned for the next class. The lessons teach our children to be safe around their family, friends and environment by teaching them about their own circle of grace. Who and what they want to invite into their circle, good and bad secrets; internet safety; trusted adults; moral responsibility; relationships; boundaries and limits; communion of saints; as well as saying no to disrespect. Kindergarten through 3rd grade, 6th grade and 9th grade have multiple lessons due to the need for repitition for younger ages and transitional years. The other grades have a focus lesson for the year.

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