St. Aloysius Parish offers two religious education options for students who do not attend St. Aloysius School: Religious Education Classes and a Home School Option.
High school students should plan to attend S.A.Y. (St. Aloysius Youth) on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Religious Education Classes
All students in grades 1 – 8 who do not attend Catholic school are welcome and expected to attend classes. Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 from September through May. A registration fee is charged on a per family basis. There is a discount for early registration and a penalty for late registration. A per student sacramental preparation fee is charged for students preparing for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Pre-registration for classes will be held during the month of April. Registration continues throughout the summer.
Special invitation to parents of children entering the first grade.
Now is the time to begin your child’s formal religious education. Hopefully, over the past six or seven years, you have prayed with your children at home and brought them to Mass with you. But even if you have not, this is a great time to start. Pick up a registration form at the doors of Church or on the website, or the Director of Religious Formation to register your child for Religious Education. We are looking forward to working with you to introduce your child to Jesus in His Church.
Why participate in Religious Education classes?
When our students reach Confirmation age in the eighth grade, we ask them to agree to be part of the Catholic Church. It is really important that they know what we are asking them to do. Even children who faithfully attend weekly Mass with their families need the time and space to examine their religious experiences and make sense of what it means to be a part of the Church. Religious Education classes give children that opportunity to learn about their faith and what happens at Mass. Each year of Religious Education builds on the year before and encourages the children to grow in their faith and understanding. It breaks my heart to watch young teens flounder in misunderstanding when they have not “kept up.” Give your child the gift of understanding by enrolling them in our Religious Education program.
How is God calling you to share your faith with others?
Consider volunteering in the Religious Education program. Both the Wednesday evening classes and the Home School option need catechists and aides each year. If you think you may be interested, please contact the Director of Religious Formation at 419-352-4195 ext. 110 or email ReligiousEd@stalbg.org to begin training.
Contact the Director of Religious Formation, if you …
- have questions or concerns.
- have not yet registered your family.
- have, or know of, an older children who should be attending classes, but are hesitant to start because they fear they will be behind.
- would like to help with the religious formation of our parish children. We are looking for a few individuals to teach at various age levels and to accompany families who are just coming back to the Church.