Religious Education Grades 6-8
Pope Francis has directed that Catholics focus on Family Catechesis, including catechizing our children but also developing ongoing faith formation for parents.
“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches (Pope Francis Homily Philadelphia, on Sunday, 27 September 2015)."
Religious Education Grades 6-8
Religious Education for Grades 6-8
Classes will be held in Fr. Val Hall on a weekly basis.
Grades 6-8 will meet as one unit and will use Edge, Life Teen's middle school program.
Additionally, all parents-volunteers who work directly with children will need to be VIRTUS trained and complete a background check through the parish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Family Catechesis?
Family Catechesis is a response to the call to a “new evangelization” and a reemergence of the importance of faith formation for the entire Catholic family. Contemporary society presents great challenges to parents in raising our children. Family catechesis can help parents navigate these challenges through faith and learning opportunities that help each family grow into their own “domestic church.”
As families struggle with the pressures of our contemporary society, the Church urges parish leaders to offer a variety of faith sharing / learning opportunities that will help families grow into the “domestic church” we need them to be.
What is Family Catechesis?
According to the National Directory for Catechesis, “Family-centered catechetical programs are opportunities for parents to catechize their children directly, for spouses to catechize each other and for children to catechize one another and their parents.” National Directory for Catechesis #61.2
What is the goal of Family Catechesis?
The basic goal of Family Catechesis is to help parents grow in their own faith, so they are better able to pass it on to their children. Through a variety of opportunities, family catechesis can:
help families learn how to pray and to discuss their faith together
help parents better understand their role as primary catechists
bring families together in order to share and deepen their Catholic faith
strengthen the relationship between the family and the Church
establish ongoing Catholic faith practices within the family life
integrate the family into the parish community
To help families navigate an often-questionable contemporary society
To help families learn to incorporate and value service to others in their daily lives
Why this Location and Time?
This meeting time was discerned as best considering the many commitments of our youth and families outside of parish life during the week. Limited space requires that middle school students meet at times different from the elementary students.
Our middle schoolers need the commitment and example of their parents if they are going to continue to practice their faith through High School and into adulthood. All parents are asked to volunteer in some way. The Church teaches that parents are the primary teachers of their children. Our catechists need your help and support. Needs will vary from week to week. Please let us know of any special skills or talents you are willing to share. Additionally, all parents will need to be VIRTUS trained and complete a background check through the parish.
Are we changing the Catechesis component of the program?
No, we will continue using the Finding God Grades 7-8 program from Loyola Press. We will use this on a rotating schedule, beginning with the 7th Grade text in 2019-2020 and 8th Grade in 2020-2021.
Middle schoolers face many important decisions—about school, interactions with family, friends, interests they want to pursue, and faith. Finding God Grades 7 and 8 reaches young people where they are in this critical stage of their lives and provides in-depth support for teachers, catechists, and their parents.