Parish School of Religion – Children’s Catechism Program
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” – Mt 19:14
We help children to know and love God, to learn the teachings of the Catholic Church, and to prepare children for the reception of the sacraments.
We offer classes for children aged 3 to 18. For children aged 3 to 6, we offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. For children aged 6+, we offer ongoing catechesis and Sacramental preparation. Please note that Sacramental preparation is a two year process. Full class attendance in both years is mandatory for reception of the sacraments.
Classes are held on Sundays from 10:30-11:30am after the 9:30am Mass. A detailed school calendar can be found at PSR Calendar
Curriculum and Textbooks
Our curriculum fosters the truth, goodness, and beauty of the Catholic faith. Children are educated in the four sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Creed (what we believe), Sacraments (how we worship), Morality (how we live), and Prayer. Our classes include Bible stories, hands on activities (such as writing and artwork), Scripture reading, and discussion. Students receive textbooks.
Please note that parents are their children’s first teachers. They are expected to be active educators in their children’s faith formation by actively supporting the education that our program provides. We in turn are here to support the parents and work with them as a team.
Approximately 2-3 times a semester, we form our students’ faith outside of the classroom with group hikes, socials, and service events. During this time, we ask parents to participate in the activities with your children to deepen your faith and learn how you can support your children’s spiritual development.
In preparation for the sacraments, students are required to take part in a Eucharistic centered retreat. It is a prayerful experience with plenty of opportunities for confession, adoration, and the rosary.
We expect families enrolled in our program to actively live and model the Catholic faith. We ask families to enter a covenant commitment with our parish where parents agree to the following:
- To bring their children to Mass every Sunday and to confession at least once a month
- To bring their children to all PSR classes on time. Students with more than 3 unexcused absences will not be eligible to receive their sacraments.
- To attend scheduled parental classes and events
- To pray daily with their children
- To support our parish with sacrificial gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Fr. Illo will meet with all registering families prior to formal enrollment to discuss expectations as outlined in the covenant commitment. We ask all families to sign the covenant commitment as a prerequisite to enrolling in our program.
All families are invited to register their children, even if you do not currently attend our parish. Please submit your registration online at www.starparish.com/psr-registration/ or contact Clarisse Siu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition is $100 for your first child, an additional $50 for your second child and an additional $25 for each subsequent child. Please pay in cash or write checks to “Star of the Sea Church” with “PSR” in the memo line.
No child will be turned away because of financial need. We are pleased to offer scholarships and financial aid. Please contact Clarisse Siu at email@example.com. for details; she will be happy to assist you.
“Si necesita información en español acerca de nuestro programa de catecismo para niños (preparación para los sacramentos de comunión y confirmación) por favor llame a nuestra oficina teléfono (415) 751-0450 y pregunte por Mariella Zevallos.” Gracias!