Holy Cross Religious Education Director's Statement

The religious education classes at Holy Cross begin with pre-school through 8th grade.

KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SIXTH GRADES are using the new edition of the Sadlier Company's "Coming To Faith" series. This program meets the high standards set by THE NEW CATHOLIC CATECHISM and the four pillars that provide its basic framework. The Catechism's fourfold emphasis on creed, sacraments, the moral life of the Christian, and 12rayer, rooted in and supported by the Scriptures, is an emphasis and structure with which we feel a particular compatibility. In addition, the publisher, William H. Sadlier, has long conducted and provided for the authentic presentation of Catholic doctrine. And will continue to do so in the future.

SEVENTH GRADE uses the Faith and Witness Program entitled "Morality."This course invites the young people to venture further into the mystery of faith and the challenge of discipleship through shared study, reflection, prayer, and action in response to God's word..

EIGHTH GRADE is preparation for Confirmation. We use the Sadlier program entitled "With You Always: Confirmation." During this year the students make a special retreat, experience a Reconciliation evening and write a paper entitled "What Confirmation Means to Me." Each student is interviewed before Confirmation to make sure they understand the sacrament they are about to receive. Before an eighth grader can be confirmed, they must have completed 6th and 7th grades.

Children are prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and Eucharist (Holy Communion) in the second grade. The policy of the Archdiocese is that a child MUST complete the first grade religious education class BEFORE they can prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the second grade. Children who enter the program at the 4th grade level or above must spend two complete years in the program before they are prepared for Reconciliation and Eucharist.

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Last Updated March 27, 1999