Religious Education

Are You Being Called?

One of the most important commitments we can make is to give our lives to Christ. We can give our lives by giving what we possess to continue the work of the church or we can give ourselves to the work of the church.

I love the story of Samuel, whose mother Hannah had prayed fervently to conceive him. Because the Lord gave her Samuel she in return actively showed her gratitude to God and gave Samuel back to God to learn to work and serve the people of God. And at some point God audibly called Samuel by name. Samuel's response was "Speak, for your servant is listening." Oftentimes, because we are so busy and have so many various responsibilities we don't hear God calling us to actively do things to continue the work of the church.

Presently, the School of Religion is in need of Catechists, Substitutes, and Monitors for our 7th, 8th, and 9th Grades. 7th and 8th Grade meet on Tuesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm and 9th Grade meets on Wednesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm. Classes are set to begin the end of September and will meet until the end of April. We have a wonderful and engaging program for these levels. We will work with you to ensure you accomplish this important ministry with confidence and the assurance that you have done well in your service to the church. God could be calling you to impact the lives of our young people as we grow in faith together.

Please contact the School of Religion with any inquiries, questions, or concerns about our program and maybe the possibility of becoming a volunteer. We are so fortunate to have many new volunteers this year. And we are extremely blessed to have many of our current catechists with the program for several years. We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to spend this upcoming year with all of our volunteers. Hopefully you are being called to join us as well. We believe there are many who are being called, even amidst competing responsibilities, they just need to hear that the need exists.

We pray that you are listening to the call from God and prayerfully consider this ministry.

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Vacation Bible School
Volunteers offer an experience of bible study, prayer, arts and crafts, recreation, music and refreshments for our children during VBS, which is held for one week each August.
Religious Education
Those involved in the ministry of religious education foster the spiritual formation of the children of the parish through weekly instructions for children in grades 1-10 and preparation for the sacraments. Volunteers in this ministry serve as catechists, aides, substitutes, monitors and babysitters for those teaching. They help, as well, in other ways that keep the program running smoothly. Being involved in this ministry requires a weekly commitment of time, generally from late September to early May. The time commitment can range from one to three hours per week. Volunteers need to have a desire to work with children, a willingness to be trained and to share their faith, a commitment to nurture their own faith, and a commitment to the teachings of our Church. Interviews are required of all volunteers.
Youth Ministry
Youth retreats and other special programs are part of the Confirmation program. Eleventh and 12th grade students are charged with teaching 7th and 8th graders as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Adult and student volunteers are needed to assist the students not only in this preparatory program but in special events and general youth activities, as well. This ministry is part of the Immaculate Conception Church's Religious Education program.