Continuing Religious Education
CRE@stlawrenceparish.com       (586) 731-5072

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CRE Registration for 2020-2021 is open, download forms below, mail to CRE Office

Fees reduced to $50 per student!

August 30, 2020 - CRE Registrations due for 2020-2021

September 27/28/29,2020 - CRE Classes begin (unless otherwise directed)



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Catechesis, the act of handing on the Word of God, is an official ministry of the Catholic Church. Catechesis centers on sharing the Gospel message, presenting Christian values and principles, building community, and leading people into service and prayer.

The St. Lawrence Continuing Religious Education (CRE) ministry provides opportunities for catechesis with the following religious education programs:

RCIA = Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults: Classes and Rites provide prayer, instruction, and support for anyone seeking to complete the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. Information sessions are held during the summer, and regular weekly classes begin in late September for adults and children. We look forward to celebrating with our Candidates and Elect at the Easter Vigil. Contact Lisa Rajnicek, Director, for information and to enroll at 586-731-5072, ext. 245.

Childrens Liturgy of the Word: Children four years old through grade 1 are invited during the 10:00am Mass to listen and explore the readings at a child's level of understanding. Children are dismissed before the First Reading and follow their teacher to the library, and then return to their parents in church during the Offertory. This program is available from September through the end of April. No registration is required.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Montessori approach to catechesis for ages 3 -6. Sessions are held in our new Atrium attached to the Parish Resource Center. Classes will be held Sundays at 10:00am (Pre-K) and Mondays at 5:00pm (KN). Registration is required as spaces are limited. (On Sunday, the children stay in class during the whole mass).

Continuing Religious Education classes: Students in Grades 1 through 8 attend classes throughout the school year on Monday and Tuesday evenings. An age appropriate curriculum provides formal religious education for each grade, and sacrament preparation during second and eighth grades. Two consecutive years of formal religious education are required for the preparation of each sacrament. Additional information is available in the CRE Parent Student Handbook below.

Special Needs Religious Education: Children who have special needs are welcome to attend one-on-one classes with trained, certified catechists. Contact the CRE office for more information.

Download C.R.E. Forms:

2020-2021 CRE Class Registration Form


First Eucharist Felt Banner Instructions - with patterns


Confirmation Sponsor Form

Confirmation Service Project Form

Confirmation Spiritual Growth Project Form

Confirmation Personal Growth Interview Form


Protecting God's Children - Criminal Background Check Info


RCIA for Children: Rite of Christian Initiation - Students in third grade or older who are interested in preparing for Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and First Eucharist are invited to attend RCIA classes for Children. Parents and Sponsors also attend the classes and Masses together to prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation, usually celebrated at Easter Vigil. The classes begin in October and conclude after Easter.

Youth Ministry: Our Youth Ministry program welcomes students in grades 6, 7, & 8 to Friday evening gatherings to share faith and prayer through fun activities and service projects. High school students and their friends are welcome to Sunday evening gatherings. Dates, activities and service opportunities will be posted soon when we have a new Youth Minister.

Vacation Bible School: 2020 VBS is on hold until further notice.

Traditionally, St. Lawrence Parish provides a week of Vacation Bible School for students who are entering 4-year old Pre-School, and Kindergarten through 5th grade. Junior High and Senior High school students may volunteer to earn service hours as helpers.

Thinking of Becoming a Catechist? If you are interested in learning more about becoming a catechist, click here. Please contact the DRE, Lisa Rajnicek, at 586-731-5072 for more information about becoming a catechist.

Sacrament Information A copy of the student's Baptismal Certificate is required prior to receiving a sacrament.


First Reconciliation: Preparation for First Reconciliation occurs during second grade for students who have been baptized and have completed the first year of Religious Education. A Family Retreat will be held in October to begin preparation for the sacrament.

Family Retreat: TBA

First Reconciliation Service: postponed due to quarantine, new date pending

First Eucharist

First Eucharist: Preparation for First Eucharist also occurs during second grade for students who have been baptized and have completed the first year of Religious Education. A required Family Retreat begins the program for the second semester. The solemn masses for First Eucharist will be celebrated in early May, usually on a Saturday morning. Specific information will be provided at the Family Retreat.

Family Retreat: date pending for January, 2021

First Eucharist Rehearsals: postponed due to quarantine, new date pending

First Eucharist Masses: postponed due to quarantine, new date pending

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist classes are available for older students (grade 3 and above) who are baptized and have completed one year of formal religious education. Please contact the Continuing Religious Education office for more information.


Fall 2020 Confirmation dates for prepared, 9th grade (in 2020-21) students:

Per directives from the Archdiocese of Detroit, all Confirmations for 2020 have been postponed due to quarantine. Candidates will be notified as details are finalized.

Retreat for 9th grade Candidates AND Sponsors - pending

Rehearsal for Candidate and Sponsor - pending

Masses:to be announced

Confirmation dates for 8th grade (2020-21) students preparing for Confirmation:

Confirmation Dedication: date pending

An Evening of Reflection for all Candidates and their sponsor or parent will be planned for Spring 2021

Confirmation Masses: will be announced per our Bishop's schedule.

Growing together in faith and wisdom,

Mrs. Lisa Rajnicek, M.Ed., MAPS Director of Religious Education
lrajnicek@stlawrenceparish.com 586-731-5072
, ext. 245