Office of Religious Education - St. Peter
CCD -Confraternity of Christian Doctrine
Coordinator of Religious Education - Stephanie Vostenak
Assoc. Coordinator of Religious Education - Marie Esimio
Our office is located in the gym building. Go to the double doors and hit the buzzer.
CCD Registration Packets are available at the rectory, in the church, our office or by clicking here!
CCD Registration - The Time is Here!
DEADLINE JULY 15th
June 15, 2021
Dear St. Peter Parents,
Greetings to you all! It has been a privilege to serve your families this past year. I thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigated the complexities of remote learning for the first time ever and for your commitment to your child’s religious formation.. I’m so thankful to God that classes, retreats and sacraments were able to take place, despite pandemic restrictions. Much credit goes to the devotion and flexibility of our amazing team of Catechists whose vocations to share the faith were evident!
As is stated in the attached letter from the Superintendent of Schools, remote teaching was undertaken as an emergency solution to a crisis situation. However, it is not sustainable for the future for Religious Education due to the strain it places on our resources. In his letter, the Superintendent Watson details the reasons why, fortunately, remote learning will not be necessary in the 2021-22 school year.
We are happily looking forward to resuming in-person Religious Education classes. We are committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone participating in our programs. If quarantine is necessary for anyone, we will provide a solution to help you stay on track with your classes. Needless to say, we will remain flexible in adapting to any new restrictions that should be required during the year. Our planning will include the ability to transition back to remote teaching if required without interruption to classes.
Programs for the 2021-22 school year:
Grades 1st-4th ~ A Family of Faith is a whole family catechesis program with a goal to encourage and equip you to live and teach your children the Faith at home. With one adult meeting and one family meeting each month, this program replaces CCD and will give you the knowledge and the tools you need to bring your children up in the Faith. Meets two Sunday mornings a month, September through May. First Penance & First Holy Communion prep program for 2nd graders is included in this option.
Families who have siblings in 5-7th grade are invited to participate in the Sunday A Family of Faith program in lieu of Tuesday night classes. Eight graders are asked to attend the weekly 8th grade class(see below) as this provides preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation
Kindergarten families who prefer a family catechesis approach can opt for the A Family of Faith program in lieu of weekly Kindergarten classes.
Kindergarten & Grades 5th-8th ~ in-person classes offered weekly on Tuesday nights 5:30- 6:45 p.m. September through May. This program utilizes a platform called My Catholic Faith Delivered which provides online textbooks and weekly assessments.
Registration Forms – due July 15th
Mail in hard copy forms in the envelope provided
Drop off hard copy forms to the rectory at any time using the mail slot in the door
Scan your forms and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition fees are shown at the top of the registration forms. If you should require it, please do not hesitate to request a tuition waiver form.
Stephanie Vostenak, Coordinator Religious Education , St. Peter
IMPORTANT: All families with 1st – 8th grade children are required to register with our program unless they attend St. Peter School or another Catholic school.
Reception of First Holy Communion and Confirmation require 2 years of Sacramental Preparation
For First Holy Communion, children normally prepare for this Sacrament during 1st and 2nd grade years of faith formation
For Confirmation, children normally prepare for this Sacrament during 7th & 8th grade years of faith formation
Missing the 3rd – 6th years of faith formation will require makeup work before proceeding onto Confirmation preparation
Volunteers needed to join this important ministry:
Assistant Office Helper
Adult Babysitters for Family of Faith program
Volunteers enjoy a partial waiver on their children’s tuition.
Hard copy packets are available in the R.E. office, the rectory, in church and are also accessable on www.saintpetermerchantville.com/religious-education
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TUITION
One Child - $125
Two or more Children - $175
• For Grade 2 please add Sacramental Prep fee of $65
• For Grade 8 please add Sacramental Prep fee of $65
• Returning families registering after July 31st should include a $25 registration late fee
Total tuition is due by July 15th, 2021 unless the two-payment plan option is chosen:
• If you would like to request a partial or full tuition waiver, please request a form (needs to be submitted by July 31, 2020).
For students entering 1st grade and transfer students, please provide a copy of his/her baptismal certificate if not baptized at St. Peter
WHAT IS A CATECHIST?
The Catechist is a person of faith who leads others in understanding the faith teachings according to the official teachings of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The role of the catechist is a vital ministry to the Church. It is a gift that has tremendous value to the world community at large because through the catechist’s word and action, the message of Christ continues to have a place in all human affairs.
INTERESTED in learning more about being a catechist?
If you are interested in becoming a Catechist or participating in the Religious Education Program, please call Stephanie or Marie at (856) 663-4490.
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The Religious Education Program, through its staff and volunteers, fosters the faith formation of children from age 4 through 14, typically in grades K through 8. Sacramental preparation is an important focus of the Grade 2 Program (First Reconciliation & First Communion) and Grade 8 Program (Confirmation).
WHAT IS CATECHESIS?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects the insights of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Catechesi Tradendae when it states that catechesis is "the totality of the Church's efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ" (#4).
More specifically, the Catechism goes on to say that catechesis "is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life" (#5).