Office of Religious Education  - St. Peter

CCD -Confraternity of Christian Doctrine

Coordinator of Religious Education  - Stephanie Vostenak

Assoc.  Coordinator of Religious Education - Marie Esimio

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!

Please save the Date for Parent Orientation

MCFD - Tuesday, September 8th 7pm  via Zoom

A Family of Faith - Sunday, September 13th 9am via Zoom

 

FIRST Day of Classes:

MCFD - Tuesday/Wednesday, September 15 & 16 (times below) via Zoom

A Family of Faith - Sunday, September 13th 9am via Zoom

 

 

                                                                   August 27, 2020

 

Dear CCD Parents, 

 

     The Covid -19 pandemic has greatly affected family life.  Based on the parent survey, it is clear that your needs and concerns are different than ever before.  We know that religious education in the formative years of childhood is crucial.   To that end, we at St. Peter have carefully discerned the needs of parents in light of the resources we have at hand. 

 

100% Remote Learning

 

       In-person learning, without a doubt, is optimal under normal circumstances.  This is especially true for religious education where praying, learning and worshipping in community is such a vital part of our Christian identity.  Despite this, we have made the difficult decision to start out the year with 100% remote learning while  holding on to hope that we can return to the classroom sometime during the year.  For those of you who were looking forward to in-person learning, I am truly sorry.  There are many complications which prohibit it this year such as:

 

·       The time prohibitive amount of cleaning and disinfecting protocals that would be necessary in order to use the school classrooms

·       The time that would be consumed with temperature checks  

·       The complexity of providing both in-person as well as remote classes would require more time from our dear Catechists who are all volunteers.

·       Special procedures to learn/execute if a child becomes ill during class and contact tracing that would follow; with meeting only once a week, it would be difficult to become proficient at this

 

     The benefits of remote learning should not be forgotten:

 

·       Remote classes in the home tend to attract parents to the table of learning.  In the case of Religious Education, this can only be a good thing. 

·         Parents from our A Family of Faith, whole family catechesis program, almost unanimously reported that they benefited from re-learning their faith and many were inspired to practice their faith!

·         Some students actually learn better removed from what can be the distractions of a classroom setting

 

Our Programs

 

Kindergarten

 

·       We are happy to provide a remote Kindergarten class this year.  

 

·       Kindergarten -  Tuesdays @ 5:30 pm

 

A Family of Faith

Whole family catechesis program 1 – 3

 

·       Each month, beginning in September and ending in May, parents will join us for 1-2 live, one hour retreats that cover the topic for the month and walks them through the suggested home activities. 

·       Throughout the month, parents engage their child(ren) with 3 or 4 activities that take 5-15 minutes each using step by step guidance provided in the Parent Guide.  Your child(ren) will complete the activities for their age range in the accompanying Children's Activity Book. 

·       By May 2021, you will have completed the full year and developed an understanding of one of the pillars of the Catechism. 

·       1st graders will be offered a separate weekly virtual class

·       2nd graders will participate in a separate Zoom class 1-2 times per month where they will be prepared for the Sacraments of Confession and First Holy Communion

·       3rd – 8th grade older siblings will be offered a separate weekly virtual class

 

Class Times for A Family of Faith

·       Adult Class - Sunday at 9:15 am, twice/month– Gary Wiley 

·       1st Grade - Mondays at 5:30 pm, once/month – Charlotte Wiley

·       2nd Grade - Mondays at 6:30 pm, once/month - Joan Decker

·       3rd Grade -  Mondays at  6:30 pm, once/month – Robbie Sinclaire

·       4-8 Grade -Mondays at 7:30, once/month - Robbie Sinclaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Catholic Faith Delivered

Student program grades 4 - 8

 

 

·       Children simply complete a weekly online lesson from home which takes only about 1/2 hour. All we ask is that scores be at least 70% or higher.  Lessons are completed prior to a live weekly virtual class.  This is called a flipped classroom.  It allows precious classtime to be utilized for prayer, discussion, clarification and fun. 

·       We will provide you with the connection to the online platform which is called My Catholic Faith Delivered (MCFD) for their grade level lessons.  

 

Class Times for MCFD

 

4th Grade - Tuesday @ 6:30 pm, weekly

5th Grade - Tuesday @ 7:30 pm, weekly

6th grade - Wednesday @ 5:30 pm, weekly

7th grade - Wednesday @ 6:30 pm, weekly

8th grade - Wednesday @ 7:30 pm, weekly

 

 

 

 

Homeschooling

 

·       Homeschooling for Religious Education is an option in extenuating circumstances and is considered on a case by case basis.

 

I will be in touch with sign on information and calendars next week.  Registration is still open!

 

God Bless Your Families!

 

Stephanie

CCD K- 8 Registration for 2020-2021 

Due July 31st

(after which a late fee will apply)

 

 

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

 

GRADES K-3  -  FAMILY of FAITH Catechesis program, student and parents attend two Sundays mornings a month with home lessons the other two weeks of the month. Dates & time TBA.

 

GRADES 4-8  - Tuesday evening classes using My Catholic Faith Delivered online platform, 5:30 – 6:45 pm.  Dates TBA

 

Volunteers needed to join this important ministry:

 

  • Assistant Office Helper

  • Classroom Assistants

  • Catechists

  • 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 

Dear St. Peter Parents,

       Greetings to you all!  I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing summer and recuperating from the busyness and chaos that the Covid shutdown brought to all of our lives.   

      I realize that parents are concerned about the safety of returning to school and CCD in the Fall.  The New Jersey Department of Education has recently published their document called “The Road Back - Restart and Recovery Plan for Education”.   I strongly encourage you to read it if you have concerns.   It states that, absent a shift in public health data, school buildings will be open to some capacity for in-person instruction and operations in the Fall.  With that being said, we are still waiting for reopening guidelines from Camden diocese which, of course, will dictate and guide our reopening strategies. 

     Please be assured that the staff here at St.Peter is committed to adhering to both state and diocesan safety requirements in every way.  Our CCD staff is prepared for in-person, virtual or a hybrid approach to teaching.  We aim to be adaptive and flexible.

        We continue to expand our Family of Faith Program with the addition of the third grade this year.  Family of Faith families who have siblings in 4-7th grade are invited to participate in the Sunday Family of Faith program in lieu of Tuesday night classes.

Blessings,

Stephanie Vostenak, CRE

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TUITION  

 

One Child - $100

Two or more Children - $150

 

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

Total tuition is due by July 31st, 2020 unless the two-payment plan option is chosen:

• Please indicate your payment plan on the registration form.

• 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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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).

 

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