Office of Religious Education  - St. Peter
CCD -Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

Coordinator of Religious Education  - Amy Handlon
Assoc.  Coordinator of Religious Education - Maryann Foster
Phone: 856-663-4490
Email:  stpeterparish.religious.ed@gmail.com
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!

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                                      CCD Registration  - The Time is Here!  

 

                                             June 23, 2022

Dear St. Peter Parents,

       

     Greetings to you all!  It has been a privilege to serve your families this past year.  We are grateful for your commitment to your child’s religious formation.  We are so thankful to God that our return to in-person classes, retreats and sacraments were able to take place without major issues.   The devotion and flexibility of our amazing team of Catechists are very much appreciated. 

      

     We are happily looking forward to the upcoming 2022-2023 Religious Education school year.  

 

Programs for the 2022-23 school year:

Grades K-5th  ~ 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 6-7th grade are invited to participate in the Sunday A Family of Faith program in lieu of Tuesday night classes.  Eighth  graders are asked to attend the weekly 8th grade class(see below) as this provides preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation

 

Grades 6th-8th ~  in person student only classes.  We are looking to have these classes take place two Sundays a month from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  This program utilizes a platform called My Catholic Faith Delivered which provides online textbooks and weekly assessments.  

Registration Forms – due now     

Options to submit your registration forms are as follows:

  1. Mail in hard copy forms in the envelope provided

  2. Drop off hard copy forms to the rectory at any time using the mail slot by the door

  3. Scan your forms and email to stpeterparish.religious.ed@gmail.com

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.

 

Blessings!

Amy Handlon, 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 accessible on www.saintpetermerchantville.com/religious-education 

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TUITION  

 

One Child - $145

Two or more Children - $195

 

ADDITIONAL FEES:

• 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

• If you would like to request a partial or full tuition waiver, please request a form as soon as possible.

 

For students entering 1st grade and transfer students, please provide a copy of his/her baptismal certificate if not baptized at St. Peter

OVERVIEW

 

     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).

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 email stpeterparish.religious.ed@gmail.com or call Amy or Maryann at (856) 663-4490