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Religious Education Options (Grades 1-6)

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WordCloudCathy Hunt (Parish Catechetical Leader) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 402

Michael Cesario (Assistant Parish Catechetical Leader) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 401

Pat McGarvie (Administrative Assistant) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 400

Elizabeth Tullo (Safe Environment Coordinator) eThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 403

For any questions regarding the 7th through High School program please contact the Office of Youth Ministry at 201-444-9302.

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For further information, contact Adriana DeCandia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Our Lady of Mount Carmel also offers a Kindergarten Enrichment Program (Grade K) and four options of Religious Education for children (Grades 1-6). For more information, contact Cathy Hunt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our four options for grades 1st-6th are...

 

 Click Here to view registration dates for all four programs

 

Traditional Weekly Religious Education (School Model):  

Class sessions are held on:

Sunday morning - 10:45AM – 12:15PM

Tuesday afternoon - 4:00PM --  5:30PM

Wednesday afternoon - 4:00PM -- 5:30PM

School Model classes start with a 20 minute opening activity and prayer service in the auditorium.  Then students spend approximately 50 minutes in their classrooms with a volunteer catechist and then have a brief closing prayer in the auditorium.  Class sizes are small so that students can benefit greatly from this program.  All parents are asked to take Protecting God’s Children and to volunteer as a hall monitor. We encourage parents to pray about becoming a catechist.  We have a training process in place.   Parents are also welcomed to volunteer as substitutes and classroom aides.  Registration is open from March 25th to May 6th and will remain open throughout  the summer. However, a late fee will apply for registrations after May 6th.

 

Home Group Classes

Many families throughout the parish establish Home Groups for religious education in a home setting.  Home Groups are established by the catechist and meet once a week. There is a five (5) person minimum in the same grade for each Home Group.  All parents of children in Home Groups are required to take Protecting God’s Children.  Every parent that will teach the Home Group anytime during the year must attend all of the catechist training sessions put on by the Religious Education office.   All prospective Home Group leaders must contact the Religious Education office complete an Interest Form no later than April 1st.  Registration for this option closes on May 6th

 

When Families Gather (WFG)

Sessions are held on:

Sunday morning – 10:30 AM -12 PM

Monday evening – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

This model welcomes families who desire to grow in the wisdom of their faith and deepen their spirituality in a family setting.  At home each month, the parents teach three chapters from the textbook.  The children are then required to complete an online unit review.  This commitment should take approximately 2 hours per month.  These chapters are then presented at a monthly When Families Gather Large Group session where there is time for food, prayer, teaching, and family activities.   The program will explore what we believe as Catholic Christians and how to live out those beliefs in our everyday family lives.  When Families Gather affirms and strengthens families as the “Church of the Home”.  Registration for this option is open from March 25th through May 6th.

 

Summer Program

This program usually runs for 7-9 days depending on the school calendar and July 4th holiday.

The dates for 2018 are:

June 25th to July 3rd   from  2PM to 5:30 PM each day.   

Each daily session includes instructional lessons, art, music, and prayer.   Children will attend the grade they are entering in the fall.   In addition, there are 3-4 required retreats during the school year.   The retreat days during the year are in October, an Advent session, a Lenten session, and a large group speaker session in the spring.  One parent must attend these sessions with the child.  Parents of the children who participate in this program must volunteer for 2 full days per child during the 7-9 day program.  Parents are given choices as to where they would wish to volunteer but ultimately, volunteers are placed where they are most needed.  Every child must attend all sessions for the full class daily from 2 PM to 5:30 PM.  A family registering a 1st grader into the summer program must be registered in the parish for six months before their child will be permitted into the summer program.  No one will be accepted for the Summer Program after the final registration meeting on March 21st. 

All parents are required to complete the Protecting God’s Children certification.  Sessions will be offered at this parish to accommodate our families. 

 

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Important Note:  For all of our programs, the previous grade's work must be completed in order to move onto the next desired grade.  The method in which the work is completed will be determined by the Director of Religious Education.  This includes moving on from 6th grade to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade (Confirmation) programs.

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