SAINT BENEDICT CHURCH PREP DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Mrs. VALERIE CHRISTO, DRE 2020 Chestnut Hill Rd,Mohnton, PA 19540 Phone: (610) 856-5146 firstname.lastname@example.org
GOALThe goal of our Parish Religious Education Program is to strengthen one’s faith and love of God, through Christ Jesus our Lord, by way of a greater knowledge, appreciation and acceptance of the Gospel message, as taught through the Sacred and Living Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. Our Parish Religious Education Program for children aims to assist parents, who are primary educators of their children, in fostering the children’s growth in faith. FAITH“Faith is a gift of God which calls people to conversion”. The faithful Christian is one who accepts Jesus’ values and attitudes toward life as his attitudes, and Jesus’ teachings as his norms in life. As a faithful catholic, he accepts the Catholic Church as his home and as his teacher. Faith involves knowledge, but knowledge is not faith. The more we know what God did for us, the more we love him and act upon our faith. Faith is a gift that needs to be nourished in order to grow and accompany us through our life time until one day we will fulfill our belief in eternity. Growth in faith is a dynamic process, which goes on throughout life. It does not reach fulfillment in a year or eight years or twelve years, but it is a life-long process. RELIGIOUS EDUCATIONWe believe that Religious Education involves more than knowledge. Quality of Religious Education is a balance of information, formation and transformation. Through it, we can shape and change attitudes and behaviors to reflect the mind and mission of Jesus Christ. In our classes, we strive to inform our students about our faith; in our homes we do our best to form our students minds and hearts to share the gospel message of being responsible for our brothers and sisters less fortunate than us; in our Church we celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist, as well as Adoration, Prayer Service, Stations of the Cross, Rosaries, etc…..all geared toward the transformation of our children’s mind and soul.
ADMISSION POLICY Our Parish Religious Education Program is open to all children in Grades 1st through 8th, who are registered with St. Benedict. To complete registration, the parent must present a copy of his/her child/children’s Baptismal Certificate. It is also required that all pertinent health information of any unusual condition be brought to the attention of the Director. OUR MISSION: The mission of our Christ-centered PREP is to teach each child the richness of our Catholic faith tradition so that they not only learn what it means to be Catholic, but that they are transformed through an experience of Jesus as their friend, shepherd and Savior. JESUS SAID TO THEM, "FOLLOW ME..." MARK 1:17
Students enrolling in our PREP program for Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation are required by the Diocese to have 2 years of Religious Education classes of faith formation before receiving these sacraments. Reconciliation and First Communion typically takes place in Level 3, while Confirmation takes place in Level 8.