Continuing Religious Education
cre@stlawrenceparish.com       (586) 731-5072
Important CRE Dates:

August 30, 2018 - CRE Registration Due

September 15, 2018 - 9th Grade Confirmation Retreat

October 17, 2018 - 9th Grade Rehearsal 7pm in Church

October 24 & 25, 2018 - 9th Grade Confirmation Mass


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. This program is available from September through the end of April. Please watch the Forum for details.

Continuing Religious Education classes: Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade 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.

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:

CRE 2018-2019 Registration Form

CRE Extra Medical Release Form


CRE Calendar 2018-2019 TBA

Parent Handbook 2018-2019 TBA


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: TBA for Fall, 2018

First Reconciliation Service: TBA for Spring, 2019

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 for January, 2019

First Eucharist Rehearsals: TBA for May, 2019

First Eucharist Masses: TBA for May, 2019

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: TBA during 10:00am Mass - with family meeting afterwards.

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

Date TBA

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., Director of Religious Education
lrajnicek@stlawrenceparish.com 586-731-5072