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Religious Education

There are many processes offered for our parish children and youths in which we emphasize prayer, scripture, liturgy, community service and social justice.  We encourage you to become active in the faith formation of our parish children by volunteering your time and talents in any of our religious education processes.

We look forward to spending time with you and your children as we all journey in discipleship.                    

Basic & Continuing Catechesis

Elementary (grades 1-6)

Classes are offered on Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm to 5:30pm or on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 10:30am at Sacred Heart School. 

Junior & Senior High (grades 7-12)

Ongoing catechetical classes (for those who have made their First Holy Communion) are held on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Sacred Heart School.

These are full catechetical processes offering age appropriate catechesis developing through the child’s / youth’s years to include prayer, scripture, liturgy, community service, social justice, etc.

Sacramental Preparation

First Eucharist & Reconciliation

Elementary (grades 2-6)

Sacramental preparation for baptized children (that have had at least one year of catechesis, the previous year) desiring the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation are offered on Thursday afternoons from 4:00pm to 5:30pm or on Saturday mornings from 9:00am to 10:30am at Sacred Heart School. 

Junior & Senior High (grades 7-12)

Sacramental preparation for baptized teens (that have had at least one year of catechesis the previous year) desiring the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation are offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Sacred Heart School.                          

Sacramental preparation for First Eucharist and Reconciliation is a “whole family” process which includes catechesis for sacramental preparation, family meetings, family liturgies and family prayer services.

Full Christian Initiation

RCIA Process (un-baptized ages 7-17) 

All school age youth (between the ages of 7 and 17) that have not been baptized and wish to become Catholic undergo an intense catechetical and faith formation process.  This process can take 2 years or more to prepare a child for baptism, depending on the child and their family.   Children & youths meet for regular catechesis in regular catechism classes.  Additionally, faith formation groups (meeting in conjunction with the Sunday liturgy) meet for scripture study and mass.  This intense process will prepare the child/youth for full initiation into the Catholic Church receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Teen Confirmation

Sacred Heart / St. Benedict Catholic Community Teen Confirmation Process is provided for baptized teens (who have received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation) in grades 9-12 to make preparations in their journey of faith to complete their Catholic Christian initiation by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

By choosing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation teens are saying to the community, “YES, I am ready to walk on my own in my faith journey!”  It is a time when teens will put into practice Jesus’ teachings.  It is a time when teens will be proud to be a Catholic Christian and set an example for others to witness.

We understand that many teens are not sure about their faith or about receiving this sacrament.  As parents and educators ourselves we know that being confirmed is a decision that the teens must ultimately make themselves however, it is all of our responsibility to share our faith with them so they will hear God speaking to them and make the choice to follow Him.                                

We at Sacred Heart / St. Benedict have a dedicated team of both adults and confirmed teens, who have gone through this process and now want to share their faith with the teens of our parish so they will be able to make that choice when their time comes. 

The Sacred Heart / St. Benedict confirmation process is an intensive two-year faith formation process involving faith sharing, catechesis, community service, liturgical participation, and prayerful retreats.  Parents and sponsors are an integral part of this process and are also involved every step of the way. 

We welcome every teen (and their parents) to come and discover what God has in store for them.

 “By the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”

–        Catechism of the Catholic Church – no. 1286                        

Confirmation Process Requirements

  • Teens must be in grades 9-12, have been baptized, and have received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation.  Proof of Baptism and First Eucharist is required prior to Confirmation.
  • Teens must have a sponsor who is a confirmed catholic.