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

For the latest CRE updates and recordings of St. Lawrence masses,

please go to

https://sites.google.com/stl.school/st-lawrence-catholic-church-ut/cre-updates

For Archdiocesan info, see also https://www.aod.org/emergencyresponse

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IMPORTANT DATES:

VBS 2020 Rocky Railway - Jesus' Power Pulls us Through!

Virtual VBS 2020 Registration will remain open until all Take-Home Kits are gone! Lessons begin Wednesday, July 8, and continue each Wednesday for a total of 5 weeks. Email address required at time of registration for Zoom link and pick-up information. (download form below). Return completed, signed registration to the St. Lawrence CRE Office.

CRE Registration for 2020-2021 is open! Download registration forms below and mail to CRE Office when complete with signatures. Fees have been reduced to $50 per student! Please register by August 30, 2020.

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

 

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Unleash the Gospel - What's Next? Families of Parishes

We are not the same diocese we were six years ago when we began this journey. God has been at work in us, in our communities, in our parishes, and in our schools. We have learned to be more docile to the Holy Spirit. We have learned to walk with apostolic boldness and confidence in God. We are committed to working in a spirit of innovation and collaboration. And most importantly, we have resolved to place Christ and his mission above all else. -Archbishop Vigneron

For current updates see https://www.aod.org/families-of-parishes

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 welcoming all candidates to the Church and encouraging each other as joyful, missionary disciples. 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 on hold pending health and safety guidelines for masses (normally 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. Health and safety guidelines will be followed as required.

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

2020 Virtual VBS 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. Classes normally 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 will be Virtual. Register for only $10 to receive the Zoom link and a take-home kit full of fun activites, a Bible, and the new music CD.

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.

Reconciliation

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 - usually October for 2nd graders 2020-2021

First Reconciliation Service: TBA - usually April for 2nd graders 2020-2021

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: TBA - usually January for 2nd graders 2020-2021

First Eucharist Masses:TBA - usually May for 2nd graders 2020-2021

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.

Confirmation

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

Archbishop Vigneron has granted temporary faculties to Parish Pastors to confer Confirmation this Fall for prepared Candidates.

Retreat for 9th grade Candidates AND Sponsors - Virtual assignments will be sent to candidates with possible small group in-person discussions in September.

Masses for prepared 9th graders: October 7 & 8, 2020

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

Confirmation Dedication:TBA - usually October for 8th graders 2020-2021

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

CRE@stlawrenceparish.com


 
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