RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM
The objective of faith formation is: to go from deformed by sin
- to reformed
- to conformed to Christ
- to transformed in the Trinity”
St. John the Baptist Parish presently provides Sunday School classes beginning with the Primary level and continuing until Grade 9, the year for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. All classes take place on Sunday mornings from 10:05 A. M. until 11:05 A. M. in the school addition of the church and in the glebe house situated next to the church. The classes at St. John the Baptist are led by dedicated volunteer catechists who are committed to further formation in their own faith and growth in the spiritual life.
Registration for this program begins in the spring with pre-registration and continues early in September. Classes begin the second week of September and continue until early May. There is a short break for Christmas and the week of March break. Mass attendance is considered an integral part of this program.
St. John the Baptist uses the Image of God catechetical program. This religion series has as its foundation the creation of man in God’s own image and likeness. It is centered on the subjective emphasis found in the writings of John Paul II. The seven basic topics studied every year in this series are: God, creation, Christ, Church, grace, sacraments, commandments. However, each year emphasizes two or three of these ideas and treats them more extensively. The outline is as follows:
Primary – God; creation
Grade 1 – grace, sacraments
Grade 2 – sacraments, commandments
Grade 3 – Christ, Church
Grade 4 – God, grace, commandments
Grade 5 – Christ, Church, sacraments
Grade 6 – Old Testament – creation
Grade 7 – God, creation, Christ, commandments
Grade 8 – Church, grace, sacraments
John Paul II’s new presentation of the Faith is founded on the cornerstone of man in the image and likeness of God. In other words, it is founded on the incomparable dignity and value of each and every human being. We strive for every child to recognize their own value and worth and the unique contribution they make to the community just by being.
Each class in the program attends the sacrament of Penance as a group every year during class time with individual confessions. Once a year we have a special Saturday workshop with a speaker or speakers who shows expertise in the area of catechetics.