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

For the latest CRE updates please go to


scroll towards bottom for links to CRE and School

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


August 30, 2021 - CRE Registrations Due - registration form here

September 26, 2021 - CRE Classes begin


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. NOTE: this ministry is postponed for 1st semester 2020. Watch for updates. Check out 52Sundays.com for family ideas.

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). NOTE: CGS classes in-person are postponed for now.

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. NOTE: classes will be on-demand 2020-2021 via FlipGrid. Registration is required to receive access codes. Family Faith Formation Sessions will be included during the year. See registration info here

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. NOTE: please register if you are interested and we will contact you to arrange instruction best suited for your child.

Download C.R.E. Forms:

2021-2022 CRE Registration Form


First Eucharist Felt Banner Instructions - with patterns

First Reconciliation - Review Guide


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: July 18-22, 2022. Registration will begin in April.

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 9, 2021, 9:30am-11:00am in the church

First Reconciliation Service: March 31, 2022 6:00pm

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 8, 2022, 9:30am-11:00am in the church

Rehearsal: April 27, 2022 5:00pm & 6:30pm

First Eucharist Masses: April 30, 2022 for 2nd graders 2020-2021 (9:00am & 11:30am)

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 2021 Confirmation date for prepared, 9th grade (in 2021-22) students:

Retreat & Rehearsal: Saturday, September 25, 2021, 9:00am-1:00pm in the church

Confirmation Mass: Thursday, October 7, 2021, 7:00pm.

Confirmation dates for 8th grade (2021-22) students preparing for Confirmation:

Confirmation Dedication: October 16, 2021 4:30pm or October 17, 2021 10:00am

Retreat for Candidates & Sponsors: Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm

Confirmation Mass: 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