Religious Education

Welcome to C.A.R.E.
(Cure of Ars Religious Education)
Located in the Parish Center – 1st Floor

Office Hours: Monday -Thursday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Our parish faith formation program is intended to support and enhance the life of faith being lived in the home environment, the “domestic church”. We believe that faith formation is carried out in partnership with our entire parish family -our clergy, our pastoral team, our parents, our catechists, and all of our fanlily members both young and old. We must all take our roles seriously and responsibly by fully living our baptismal commitment and giving witness to the importance of following Jesus in our daily lives through our words and actions.

Faith formation is a journey of deepening relationship with Jesus. This relationship is nourished not only by family faith life, but also by participation in the life of the Church in Curé of Ars parish, especially weekly attendance at Mass. Participation in the Sunday Eucharist is the center of our faith -the source from which we draw strength and the summit toward which we strive.

Our faith formation program consists of three stages: Initiation Grades 1 and 2 Formation -Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 Witness Grades 7 and 8.

Entering the Program

Early re-registration takes place the third week in April.
New student registration and on-going re-registration is held during the first week in June.

Session Schedules –Arrival / Dismissal

Grade 1 through 6 sessions begin promptly at 4:00 PM and dismiss in the auditorium at 5:15 PM.

Grade 7 & 8 sessions begin promptly at 7:30pm and dismiss in the auditorium at 8:45 PM.

Being punctual is a gift we give each other a gift of respect. Children may arrive up to 15 minutes early for class and are permitted to enter their classroom when catechists are present. No child will be unsupervised at any time. Any student who arrives late must report to the C.A.R.E. Office for a late pass. Chronic lateness disturbs the Opening Prayer and the lesson introduction and is unfair to all.

Stage I           Initiation         Monday              Grades 1and 2*
Stage II          Formation      Tuesday             Grades 3 and 4 *
Wednesday           Grades 5 & 6*

Stage III         Witness           Wednesday       Grades 7 and 8

* If you have two or more children attending Grades 1-6 you may choose Thursday, our Multi-Level option, where we provide all Grade levels 1-6 for family convenience. Space is limited, however, so classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Absenteeism -If your child(ren) will be absent, please call to notify the C.A.R.E. Office 623-1400, Ext. 101. Please cover, the assigned lesson on the Parent’s Grade-Level calendar. Of course, excessive absenteeism and incomplete lessons and homework may impede your child’s formation process and progression to the next level.

Program Closings- If the program is cancelled due to inclement weather it will be announced on News Channel 12 and www.news12.com. You may also call the C.A.R.E. Office at 623-1400, Ext. 101.

Safety- Parents, please observe parking lot safety – mindful of your speed when traveling on church grounds. At arrival and dismissal, please park your car only in designated spaces. Watch out for children crossing in front of and behind cars. It is important that all parents and care­givers who pick up children learn the name of your child’s catechist and your child’s room number for arrival and dismissal.

Snacks- Snacks are never permitted or served during class time. This is a safety issue to protect children due to food allergies. Small water bottles are permitted during the warmer weather.

Volunteers -We need weekly volunteers as catechists, hall monitors, door security, and various other jobs. Your help is not only greatly appreciated but is essential and is an important witness of stewardship for your child’s faith formation. Please call the C.A.R.E. Office 623-1400 to volunteer.