Religious Education

Classes Have Begun

Volunteers Are Still Needed:
Our classes for Religious Education have begun. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support that we have gotten over these past few weeks with interest in volunteering, leading a special event or program, and teaching in our program. However, we are still in need for volunteers in various capacities. If you are available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:45pm to 5:15pm we would really like you to join our team. We are also in need of assistance with our teens on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm to 8:45pm.

Although we would like to decrease the size of our classes for Levels 3, 4, 5, and 6 which requires additional catechists, we would love helpers to be a buddy with a few children at a time to give more personal attention. We do have space in the building where this could occur. We also need volunteers to help supervise the lobby during drop off and pick up. So if just helping the first half or the second half works for you to ensure the safety of our young people it would be immensely helpful to the program.

We interview all of our new families and many of them are impressed by the fact that the building is specifically set up for the parish's religious education endeavors and the amount of space. We have during one session between one hundred to one hundred and ten students. We have about ten to fifteen adults in the building to assist us. Our young people need a connection with our parish through its people on a regular basis. Your presence, which can be your own gift to God, will truly make a difference. We hope to hear from you soon.

Please Donate Prizes:
If you are unable to give your time our program is in need of donations of items for prizes for our students. Small new items that express faith, small balls, art supplies, stickers, books, or games for example would really be appreciated. Please contact Susie Shmidt in the religious education office if you are interested in helping in this capacity.


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.