From the Desk of the Director of Religious
Religious Education/Confirmation classes
are held on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
What, When, Where
Our 2012-2013 Religious Education
Level 1--Janneth Leon & Melanie Jones
Level 1--Terri Griffin & Joan Davis
Level 2--Carolyn Kuchma & Victoria Short
Level 3--Janet Smyre
Level 4--Kathy Jones
Level 5--Sheri Beach
Level 6--La Verne Ward-White
RCIC 1--Monica Barahona & Virginia
RCIC 2--Trish Weiler
Confirmation 1--Deacon Santiago & Lisette Montalvo
Confirmation 2--Mary Alyce Bauer &
High School--Herb and Lelia
Hispanic Coordinator--Maria de Los Angeles Michelitch
Sacrament Prep--Cheryl Kitchin &
Parents are the Primary Educators in the Faith of their Children
Many documents of the church state
that parents are he primary educators of their children. While
this does not mean that parents are expected to know everything about
the faith, it does remind us of their primary role in the formation of
the family's faith.
Faith formation involves more than
being instructed in the teachings of the church, however. As the
terms denotes, it involves being formed in the way of faith. It is
being nurtured in a wholistic way that enables children to grow into a
deeper intimacy and communion with Jesus.
The whole community vision recognizes
that faith is being lived and taught at home. Whether connected to
faith "language" or not, what happens on a consistent basis in the home
has far greater formational influence that what happens in a parish or
school classroom an hour or so a week.
Love, gratitude, right and wrong,
thinking of others, service, and forgiveness are just a few of the faith
lessons families inherently teach and live. It is an education and
formation that is "more witnessed to than taught, more occasional than
systematic, more ongoing and daily that structured into periods"
(General Directory for Catechesis 255).
Our ministry as a parish - the whole
community of faith - is to support this primary responsibility and
activity of family life so that families can fulfill their
"responsibility of training [children] in the practice of the faith"
(Rite of Baptism for Children 39). Formal religious education is
offered so that children can be educated in the faith in a systematic
and age-appropriate way which complements the formation already
occurring in the home.
Reprinted from "Keeping the Faith:
Households of Faith"
If you have not
settled all financial responsibilities, please be sure to do so by
ASAP. Contact the
office if you need to make payment arrangements or if you have any
questions regarding your account.
Please remember that all
children in grades K-8 must be escorted into the building before
class by an adult and must also be picked up after class by an adult
at their classrooms. Confirmation 1 & 2 students may not pick up
their younger siblings.
We follow the P.G. County school
system for the closing of schools due to inclement weather or any
other emergency. If schools are cancelled or close early on any
Wednesday, then we will not have class on that night. Check the
website at www.sjreled.com if
you are unsure. We will also leave a message on our voicemail if
classes will not be held that night.
Please make sure that
you refer to the Religious Education Calendar and the monthly
Religious Education Newsletter for any changes or additions to the
You can also visit our website at
Prayer Intention for the Learning Year
The Prayer intention for
November will be:
We Pray for
those who are hungry.
Please reflect on the
Gospel of Matthew 24:34-40 which refers
to the Corporal Works