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

June 1 - CRE early registration discount ends

June 1 - VBS Registrations due

June 5 - VBS new adult volunteer meeting 6:30pm

June 19 - VBS catechist meeting 6:30pm

July 15-19 - Vacation Bible School

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:

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 specially trained catechists. Contact the CRE office for more information.

Download C.R.E. Forms:

VBS 2019 Registration Form

VBS 2019 Extra Medical Release Form


Called To Serve 2019


2019-2020 CRE Class Registration Forms

2019-2029 Extra Medical Release Forms


CRE Parent Update April 15/16


First Eucharist Felt Banner Instructions


Confirmation Requirements - 8th Grade

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.

For more information, click here to see the Youth Ministry page.

Vacation Bible School: Each summer, usually in July, 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. Registrations are available in early April. There are limited openings for Junior High and Senior High school students 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: Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:30am in Church

First Reconciliation Service: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:00pm in Church

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: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30am in Church

First Eucharist Rehearsals: May 1, 2019 - 5:00pm (A-K) & 6:30pm (L-Z) in Church

First Eucharist Masses: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:00am (A-K) & 11:30am (L-Z)

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 2018 Confirmation dates for prepared, 9th grade (in 2018-19) students:

Retreat for 9th grade Candidates - September 15, 2018

Masses: October 24 & 25, 2018

Confirmation dates for 8th grade (2018-19) students preparing for Confirmation:

Confirmation Dedication: Sunday, October 14 during 10:00am Mass

with a brief family meeting afterwards in the Social Hall.

A Retreat/Reflection for Candidates and their sponsor or parent is offered in the Spring.

CRE - 8th Grade NET Retreat with sponsors - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

STL - 8th Grade Reflection with sponsors - Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

Confirmation Masses: will be announced in summer 2019, per our Bishop's schedule. Confirmation dates are usually in the Fall.

Growing together in faith and wisdom,

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