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 accept students in Grades 1 through 8 who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation/Communion or Confirmation. Please note that preparation is a two-year process. Full class attendance in both years is mandatory for the reception of the sacraments.
Classes will be held on Saturdays from 10-11am at Star of the Sea school. Classes begin on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and end on Saturday, May 9, 2020. A detailed school calendar can be found here: PSR Calendar
We use the “ecclesial method” of teaching: we begin with Scripture, then identify one point of doctrine and develop that one point. The children take one point home with them per week, always from the Bible.
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 in the 1st Reconciliation/1st Communion class will be learning from the textbooks “The Signs of Grace” by Augustine Institute. Students in the Confirmation class will be learning from the textbooks “Sealed in Fire” by Sophia Institute.
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. Parents with children registered in our 1st Reconciliation/1st Communion class are required to participate in every class with their children. Parents with children in the Confirmation class are strongly encourage to participate.
- 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 assessed on an annual basis. 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.” El programa empezó el 7 de Septiembre del 2019 pero estamos aceptando aplicaciones. Gracias!