Program Information

Holy Cross Church Office of Religious Education

MISSION STATEMENT
The Office of Religious Education is dedicated to assisting parents, the primary educators of their children, in the nurturing and development of their children’s faith. We are committed to instructing our students in the teachings of the Catholic Church and to strengthen and deepen their beliefs and practices.

PROGRAM INFORMATION
We have classes for children whose families are members of the parish of Holy Cross, grade levels first through eighth. The children receive their first Eucharist in the second grade/level and Confirmation in the eighth grade/level. To receive the sacraments children must attend CCD continuously from first grade through eighth grade. Formation to receive the sacrament of Eucharist is a two year program that begins in the first grade level. Formation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program that begins in the seventh grade level.

All Classes meet in Holy Cross School
Grade levels 1 to 7: Sundays, 9:00 to 10:15 am
Grade levels 1 to 7: Tuesdays, 4:00 to 5:15 pm
Grade level 8*: Sundays (monthly) from 4:15 to 8:00 PM.
*Second Year Formation for Confirmation

CURRICULUM
Mass & Class
It is the parents’ right and role to pass their faith on to their children and a serious commitment to faith formation is required from all parents and children. It is expected that all children enrolled in our religious education program and their family attend Mass every week. It is virtually impossible to expect a religious education program to succeed if the central act of worship is ignored. Coming together in community to worship at Mass, as well as coming into the classroom community to learn are two key elements necessary for faith formation.

Religion Education Classes are NOT a substitute for Mass.

Our Religious Education Program incorporates into our curriculum at all levels, a method of catechesis that brings together the classroom lesson and the Sunday Mass experience. Each week time is dedicated to listening to the Gospel, and reflecting on the “Good News” through discussion and journaling. This time also provides an opportunity for the class to share their worship experience.

The core concepts covered in our program are as follows:

Grade 1: Belonging to Jesus' Church & the Trinity
Grade 2: The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
Grade 3: The Church and Holy Spirit
Grade 4: Ten Commandments and Beatitudes
Grade 5: Sacraments and Worship
Grade 6: Old Testament
Grade 7: Preparation for Confirmation – Jesus Christ
Grade 8: Preparation for Confirmation – The Church

PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN – Teaching Safe Environment
The Catholic Church is committed to protecting children from people and situations that might harm them.  The Teaching Touching Safety Guide is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task.  Implemented by the Diocese in 2006 the Touching Safety or Safe Environment Program is the vehicle through which we give children the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them.  Once a year the CCD children will receive a lesson in Safe Environment from a qualified teacher.  Materials are available for parents to review.  There is also a meeting in the fall for those parents who wish for more details.  Parents may also choose to decline their child’s participation in the program if they wish.

FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We are always in need of volunteers. Click Here to access volunteer opportunities.

CONTACT US
For families new to our program, additional information or questions, please call the Office of Religious Education.

Mrs. Sallie Kabash, Coordinator Mrs. Eileen George, Secretary
732-842-0348, ext. 1131 ext. 1132 or 1133

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