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Our Religious Education Program is designed to meet the needs of every child, with or without previous catechesis. We provide faith formation to children aged from 6 through 16 who are enrolled in public schools. Since many children enter our program at different ages, students are placed in levels rather than grades. Following the recommended guidelines of our Diocesan Office of Faith Formation, we offer a 7 year program. After 2 years of preparation, children receive the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion. Children continue to grow in faith for an additional 3 years of instruction before entering a 2 year preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Children generally receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of their 8th grade. It is recommended that the children continue their formal religious studies and receive the sacraments at the appropriate ages. Skipping years inevitably delays a child’s process.

 

Our Mission Statement

 Our Religious Education program recognizes the importance of parents/guardians as the primary educators in the children’s faith formation.  Our program is designed to assist the parents by offering weekly instruction by catechists who educate and witness the teachings of Jesus Christ.  We attempt, through our program to meet the needs and understanding of all children and families, recognizing that there are varying degrees of catechetical background and experience in our diverse community.  Through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, we strive to inform our children in the basics of the catholic faith, ensure that they’re properly prepared to receive the Sacraments and be an instrument in transforming our students into Catholic Christians with a strong faith on which to base their future spiritual growth.   

 

Preparing to Receive the Sacraments

Baptism

Some parents enroll their children in our program seeking to have them baptized. According to the Catechism of the Catholic  Church, children who are not baptized as infants, once they reach the age of 7, (catechetical age of reason), cannot receive only Baptism, but rather should be prepared to receive all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Communion) at the same time. Depending on the age of the child, this preparation may take 2 - 3 years. 

First Penance & first Holy Communion

Our program prepares children for two years before they receive the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion. During the two years, children must be enrolled in a classroom setting.  Prayer services, Masses and parent meetings are scheduled to enhance the preparation process; parents are advised to mark their calendars and make every effort to attend, since their involvement in the process is key to the children’s proper preparation.  Our First Holy Communion ceremonies take place in May. 

Confirmation

Confirmation is also a two year preparation program, Confirmation Levels I & II.  The age of the children in our Confirmation program varies depending on prior religious instruction the child has had before enrollment in our program. In general, children are entered in the Confirmation program in 6th and 7th grade and receive the Sacrament in the fall of their 8th grade.  Confirmation Level I (level 6) students are required attend class and Mass regularly.  They’re also expected to do well on their Confirmation Assessment which is used as a tool to assess their knowledge and readiness to receive the sacrament.  In addition, they must complete all of their work assignments in order for them to move up to level II of preparation. Confirmation Level II (level 7) students are required to attend class and Sunday Mass regularly and complete all of their assignments.  In addition, they must attend the Confirmation Retreat and all meetings for Confirmation Candidates and their parents or sponsors that take place in the weeks prior to receiving the Sacrament.  

 

Catechists

Our catechists are faith-filled persons from all walks of life. Many of them are parents with children enrolled in our program. They have opened their hearts to share their faith with the children of St. Hugh's Parish. If you wish to volunteer to be a catechist in our program at any time during the year, please contact the Religious Education Office for details.

 

Classes 

All program classes are held on site in the Parish Center. Our sessions for all instructional levels run from late September to April and meet as follows:

Sunday: 9:45 to 11 AM             Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  4:15 to 5:30 pm

 

Registration

 The registration period takes place for 6 weeks every year in March thru May.  A Registration form with all the personal information we have on file is mailed the home a few weeks prior to the registration period.   Parents are asked to update/correct/fill in any missing or wrong information and drop off or mail the registration forms to our office. 

 

Tuition Fees

The yearly tuition is $135 for one child, $165 for two children and $195 for three or more children.

We offer a discount of $25 per family who registers during the six week formal registration period (late March thru May). A deposit of $25 per child is required at time of registration. (Please note that $25 of the tuition is non-refundable.) The modest fee we charge for religious instruction helps to keep the program running and all families must pay their share. The funds help to defray the cost of textbooks, DVDs, books, teaching supplies, office supplies, postage, etc., as well as for the support of the parish.  In the event that a family is having financial difficulties and the fee presents a hardship for them, we allow for partial payments to be made during the course of the year. However, families who are on a payment plan must pay their balance in full by the end of the Religious Education year in April. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the director at any time to discuss special circumstances regarding financial concerns or if they need assistance in paying their tuition fees.