Religious Education Quick Links
VBC dates are June 19-23, 2017 – Registration forms are now available for download.
Catechist, click here to reserve the resources you need for your class.
Vision for Religious Education
The greatest gift a parent can give their children is to introduce them to a living relationship with God in Jesus Christ. At Saint Joseph Catholic Community, we envision Religious Education as a partnership between the parish and the parents whose children we strive to serve.
Religious Education Options
The current options are as follows for religious education:
- On Campus Religious Education
- Family Religious Education in Homes
- Lectionary-Based Catechesis @ Home
- Home Study Religious Education
Also for Parents during the sessions children meet or anytime:
- Gathered parents sharing faith – with scripture topic and reflection questions
- For more information speak to Fr. John or Nora Rozelle
Classroom On Campus – Religious Education
Religious Education classes are offered on various days and times to accommodate busy family schedules. Children receive faith formation through Catholic doctrine, sharing weekly scripture, gathered prayer, art crafts, and various modes of learning. All classes are in session for 75 minutes. Parents of children in grades one through eight will receive an age appropriate Catechism of our faith to review at home for each child enrolled. Children will bring home a colorful handout each week and receive an email linking portions of the handout to the child’s Catechism. Complete access to resources will be embedded on a specific webpage on our website and will be listed under the Religious Education Tab.
The First Eucharist/First Reconciliation Registration Form and the Youth Ministry/Confirmation Registration Form can be completed on Page 4 of the RE Registration Form. Required dates for participation and preparation for First Reconciliation and Eucharist are listed on their specific webpages listed under the “Sacraments” Tab.
Discovering God’s Word (PK)
Call to Faith (K)
RCL Family Life (K–8th)
|Sunday||9:30 – 10:45 am (PK–8)
11:30 – 12:45 pm (PK–8)
|Monday||4:45 – 6:00 pm (PK–8)|
|Tuesday||5:15 – 6:30 pm (PK–8)|
“Religious Education is an expression of the teaching mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded … Education is one of the most important ways by which the Church fulfills its commitment to the dignity of the person and the building of the community. The educational efforts of the Church must therefore be directed to forming persons-in-community; for the education of the individual Christian is important not only to his/her destiny but also to the many communities in which he/she lives.”
—To Teach As Jesus Did, Pastoral Letter of U.S. Bishops
Your child’s On Campus PK–8th grade class assignment and room number will be given to you at the Parent Meeting: We will invite you to spend some time gathering in prayer about the coming year, shaped by your hopes for your child’s and your own growing and changing faith. We will be providing you a beginning for a year of communication from us and catechists, lead you into a brief review of resources and schedules that we will place online for easier access, and give you time to meet other parents and keep you as briefly as possible with all the updates. One parent is required to attend one of the above meetings.
Home Study – Christ Our Life Parent Orientation
Pflaum Parent Orientation (Home Study)
We will invite you to spend some time gathering in prayer about the coming year, shaped by your hopes for your child’s and your own growing and changing faith. We will be providing you a beginning for a year of communication from us, lead you into a brief review of resources and schedules that we will place online for easier access, and give you time to meet other parents.
Volunteer Adult Orientation
Located in the Formation Fellowship Center
Only one meeting is required.
We will invite you to spend some time gathering in prayer about the coming year, shaped by your hopes in your ministry and your own growing and changing faith. We will provide you a beginning for a year of communication with us and parents, lead you into a brief review of resources and expectations, and give you time to meet with your peers.
A packet with the descriptions of the various ministry positions is available at our welcome table in the Narthex and in the parish office. Plans to place this information into the website are currently in progress.
Religious Education Course Listings
For more information on any course, please contact the Religious Education Office at 443-920-9102/9101 or via email
As an integral part of our faith formation curriculum, we will be teaching Catechesis for Family Life. This age-appropriate program about Christian living, chastity, character formation, and safe environment training promotes communication between you and your child. You are encouraged to review the program materials that the catechist will be using in the classroom, as well as the materials you will receive for home discussion. After examining the program, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your child participating in this program.
Home Study Religious Education
LBC@H – Pflaum, offers scripture-based catechesis that covers the entire Bible in the Church’s three year cycle using Sunday lectionary readings. Parents will come to the parish quarterly to be led in a brief focus of the coming themes of the next set of handouts.
Text Book and Quiz submission.
The current curriculum being offered for home study families is Christ Our Life. Parents schedule a set time each week to cover chapters in the textbook and then have children complete quizzes online for a review of the progress of each child.
Home Study parents in both categories listed above will be required to attend one parent meeting. The dates are listed above. Families are also required to complete the Family Life book on their own schedule, and attend a variety of parish events throughout the year. Some are reviewed at the orientation, while others are encouraged in order to continue the formation of a healthy connection to the parish community for the entire family.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
An alternate Liturgy of the Word, geared to a child’s level of understanding, is offered at the 8:00 am and 10:00 am Sunday Liturgies. Several teams of Leader Lectors and Aides plan and carry out this activity on a rotating basis. The children leave the assembly before the first scripture reading and return to the assembly after the Presentation of the Gifts. Children ages 4 to 10 years old are invited to attend.
Vacation Bible Camp (VBC)
Vacation Bible Camp is an annual week-long event held at the end of June. Children from age 4 years old through 6th grade participate in faith sharing, crafts, games, music, and outdoor activities focused on Jesus’ love for all of us.
VBC dates are June 19-23, 2017
Children ages 4–11 are participants. The 6th graders will transition into Youth Aides mid-week. 7th–12th grade Youth volunteers are scheduled for training and assisting with set-up on the weekend prior to the beginning of VBC. More information will be detailed on the registration forms. Registration forms will be linked to the website, available in the Cassidy Center, and in the Parish Office in the month of April.
For more information on VBC, contact Julie Hild via email or at 410-952-1355.
Guidelines for placement of children
There are a multiplicity of factors and criteria that influence the placement of children in our program, which we need to consider since we have limited volunteers, rooms, and parking options. These include the following:
Families provide three preferences for the time slots their child/children will be assigned in Religious Education. All three choices are viable options.
The child/children of a parent who volunteers for a particular session in the program for grades K-8 has priority for placement over all non-volunteering parents’ children until all volunteer positions are filled.
Class assignments are not locked until all volunteers are placed in their time slots. For instance, if a class has a need for a parent volunteer late in the summer with a child/children to be placed in the same session, and a session class is full, the last assigned child and siblings of a non-volunteer parent will be placed in their next available requested choice to accommodate the volunteer’s children. In other words, parent volunteers have first choice on class assignments.
If the non-volunteer’s child to be moved has siblings who cannot move to the next available choice because those other classes are full, the next child up on the list of the original full class is evaluated for the next available choice until a child can be moved to accommodate the child of a volunteer.
Additional factors include the following:
When a family has completed only one session choice on the registration form, the registration is considered an incomplete registration. We will attempt to contact the family; however, placement of their children is delayed until additional choice options are provided placing the child further down the list which can affect placement later in the summer. Offering the same session choice, three times is also an incomplete registration. If no additional request is selected, Home Study is encouraged as an option.
The Sunday morning sessions follow all of the above criteria, but these sessions are also limited on the total number of children who can participate in the sessions because sessions run at the same time as Sunday liturgies, and so parking spaces are at a premium. Therefore, the session census has a maximum capacity for the safety of all. This places a limit on the number of classes assigned for Sunday mornings.
If a family identified as having been flexible is consistently receiving their second or third choice for several years, rather than a Sunday morning option, we attempt to rotate the family into their first request. This happens when it is possible, after volunteer placements. This can occur even in a late registration, over those who currently are in their first request on a Sunday morning and who have been in that session consistently.
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