If you are a new visitor to the Religious Education Program section welcome... we have added some new features to the site. On the Religious Education home page (below) we will be adding informative that we felt would be helpful to our families. Some of the new features are:
1. You will be able to see the current 16/17 program calendar which will be updated as needed through out the year.
2. In this same area you will be able to find information about program closing due to the weather or other outages.
3. "YouTube" videos - our first is presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz (Ascension Press) Father will explain what "Constitutes a Practicing Catholic". We will change the videos out every couple of months depending on the topic of interest.
4. Information from the Diocese regarding Religious Education Policies.
If there is something you feel should be on this site and is not please let us know, see the Contact area to email mail us.
Registration packets for the 2016/2017 program year have been mailed out to families already registered in the program.
New Parishioners - If you are new to the parish and / or program welcome... please contact the Religious Education office at the number or email below to receive a new family registration packet and other additional information about the program or the parish.
Mrs. Cathy McGuire, DRE 973 584 9444 ext 302 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Michelle Danielson, AA 973 584 9444 ext 301 or email@example.com.
Have a wonderful summer!
The Religious Education program at St. Therese is dedicated to educating every student in the faith of Jesus Christ and His Body, the Catholic Church. We firmly believe in union with the Church that children "...because they are called by God to maturity of faith, need and have, therefore, a right to adequate catechesis." (General Catechetical Directory, 167) We strive to provide both an education and an environment in which to foster and nurture the faith of our children. The Church teaches us that this education begins in the family: "This childhood religious awakening which takes place in the family is irreplaceable." (General Catechetical Directory, 226) It is this religious awakening in the family that we seek to bring to maturity through our Religious Education program.
Our Church also teaches us that parents are called through the Sacrament of Matrimony to "the grace and ministry of the Christian education of their children..." (General Catechetical Directory, 227) We believe in the primacy of the parental responsibility stated first during the Rite of Marriage: "Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and His Church?" And again during the Rite of Baptism: "You have asked to have your child baptized. In so doing, you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and our neighbor." The parish of St. Therese and the Religious Education programs assist parents in this most sacred duty of the religious education of their children. Our efforts are bound to the larger task of faith formation as a parish. As parents and parishioners we strive to draw our children into our faith tradition and community.
Our catechetical efforts participate in the mission of Jesus handed down to us from the Apostles by teaching:
What we believe as church,
What we say in prayer,
What we celebrate in worship and
How we live in witness