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Introduction to Religious Education Programs
How to Register
Sunday School: Ages 3 - 5
First Communion & First Reconciliation: Ages 6 & 7
Liturgy Of The Word: Ages 8 - 11
Confirmation
RCIC - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children
RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Download Religious Education Forms

Introduction to Religious Education Programs

At St. Joan of Arc Parish, we are committed to providing the best possible religious education, preparation and counseling to our parish family. Our program offerings are extensive and robust. We strive to meet the needs of all family situations and provide a successful path that allows our Parishioners to fully engage with the Parish in Holy Sacrament preparation.

Religious Education in the Parish is provided for children who attend public or private schools and uses the same curriculum as is provided in the catholic schools. (The 'Born in the Spirit' program)

Children in catholic schools who are making their First Reconciliation and Communion must attend a full two years of First Communion preparation with the public and private school children.

Children in catholic schools who are making the Confirmation must attend the 'Immediate Preparation' which begins in January of their confirmation year after joining in with the public and catholic school children already attending classes.

Religious Education programs for all ages and all sacramental preparation begin in September of each year and finish in April or May, depending on the group. Registration forms are available outside the Religious Education Office or can be downloaded below. All classes and programs are held at the church in rooms as assigned each year. Some of the programs are provided during Mass times and others on Tuesday afternoon/evenings.

Religious Education instructors are all qualified volunteers who have been carefully screened by the Parish. Many of these volunteers are teachers as a profession. The screening process includes an interview, personal references and a police record check. Please contact the Religious Education Office should you be interested in joining this ministry as a volunteer instructor.

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How to Register

Please contact the office to complete the necessary forms.
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Sunday School: Ages 3 - 5

This program is provided on Sundays during the 10 am mass. Children are cared for and instructed by a group of volunteer teachers in the St. Joan of Arc room off the Parish Hall. Registration is required in September of each year.
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First Communion & First Reconciliation: Ages 6 & 7

The preparation for initiation to Reconciliation follows the completion of the required sacramental preparation in grade 1. The Initiation usually takes place during Advent in Year 2 of the religious education preparation. First Communion is also generally celebrated in May during the grade 2 year.

For those involved in the R.C.I.A. program or the Special Sacramental Class participants, (i.e. those children and youth from older age groups), alternative initiation dates will be set, as appropriate. Please contact the Religious Education Office for more information.

Contact Ana at extension 222 for class times.
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Liturgy Of The Word: Ages 8 - 11

This program is provided on Sundays during the homily at the 10 am mass. Children are invited to join the instructors in the hall to review the Holy Gospel in an age appropriate setting. The children return to their families in the church to participate in the remaining parts of the mass. No registration is required for this program.

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Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation for children attending Public or Private schools takes place following the completion of 2 years of Sacramental Religious Education in grades 7 and 8.

Confirmation preparation for children attending Catholic schools begins in January of the 2 year program. Catholic school candidates join the existing class of non-catholic school children to participate in the 'immediate preparation' for confirmation in the spring. Classes are taught at the church on Tuesday evenings. Please contact our office for more information.
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RCIC - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children

This program is for children who have missed their sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and/ or Confirmation due to various circumstances.

Private or small group preparation is arranged to successfully prepare and initiate these children into the sacraments. Please contact our office for more information.
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RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

St. Joan of Arc Parish welcomes and makes available a process for persons interested in pursuing the Roman Catholic Faith through our ministry called R.C.I.A. - The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a series of steps marked by simple liturgical rituals through which an adult person becomes a full member of the Church. It is for: those who are not baptized, those who were baptized in another Christian tradition who wish to consider becoming Catholic and/or for baptized Catholics who wish further understanding of the faith and to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

This process begins with a meeting with a member of the parish staff. The participant's background, experience, and questions help us to form the process. The general format of the initiation process includes weekly evening meetings on Wednesday or alternative Thursday's, September through June. Gatherings are led by the parish team, (composed of parishioners and staff who share their experience of faith). The evenings include Scripture, topics on the faith, discussion, and prayer. Three times during the year we stop and reflect for a day. It is a time to ask: Do I wish to continue? Am I able to believe and live what has been presented? As choices are made the stages of this journey are marked by the celebration of rites in the presence of the Church community. The length of time needed by each person will be different. Following the oldest tradition of the Church, the actual reception of the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist generally occurs at the Easter Vigil. We celebrate God's action and love revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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