"Let us spare no effort in the formation of our young people...

"To help our young people to discover the courage and joy of faith, the joy of being loved personally by God, is very difficult. But when young people understand it, when young people experience it through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, this ‘being personally loved by God’ accompanies them for the rest of their lives.”

(Pope Francis at the Cathedral of St Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro on July 27, 2013) 

The Catholic Church recognizes that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children, and your child's faith formation begins in the home. How you live your faith has a much greater impact and influence on your child than any one-hour program offered weekly in a classroom setting. In addition, attending Mass together each weekend teaches children more about the importance of praying together and the Eucharist, the source and summit of our faith, than any textbook lesson. 

The goal of our parish Religious Education program is to assist parents by offering a quality program where children can experience and further understand the importance of their gift of faith and the incredible love of the Lord. We endeavor to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Christ as found in Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and to bring awareness of the richness of those Traditions and Catholic Doctrines. 

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2017-2018 Religious Education

Our parish is now at fully restored order of the Sacraments of Initiation, which means that sacramental preparation begins in the second grade with Salvation History and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, followed in third grade by study for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist, which will be celebrated together at a Mass in the spring (for 2018, the date is Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am).

If you are not familiar with Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation, please visit the Archdiocese of Denver website page, Saints Among Us, where you will find the Archbishop’s letter, his teleconference, videos of his talks and other documents. Even if you don’t have a child that is affected by the change, Archbishop Aquila provides valuable information on “the theology of the Sacraments of Initiation, the role of parents in handing on the faith, and how returning these sacraments to their original order will help respond to the spiritual needs of our time and foster a culture of ongoing conversation” (overview, Saints Among Us Pastoral Letter).

  • For those new to our parish with older children who have not yet been confirmed, we offer sacramental prep classes for older grades as needed each year.
  • We also offer RCIA for Children ages 7 and older who have not been baptized.
  • Families need to be registered members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in order for children to participate in religious education/sacramental preparation programs.
  • Religious Education for Grades 1 through 5 is offered on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm.
  • Middle School Youth Group – for grades 6, 7, 8 is on Wednesday evenings at 6:15-7:30pm (if students have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, they will need to register for sacramental prep classes, in addition to youth group)
  • High School Youth Group – for grades 9 through 12 is on Tuesday evenings at 7:00-8:30pm (if students have not yet received the sacrament of Confirmation, they will need to register for sacramental prep classes, in addition to youth group) 
  •  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for pre-school and kindergarten students, ages 3-6, is offered Monday or Friday mornings, or Wednesday afternoons.
  • The registration fee is $50 per class, $30 for youth group, with a family max of $150; scholarships are available as needed by contacting the RE office.
  • We recognize that each family’s situation is unique, so please contact the religious education office if you would like to discuss which class will best suit your child, or if you need scholarship assistance.

Please consider sharing your love of the Faith with our parish children. 

Do you want to do a good deed? Teach the young!

Do you want to perform a holy act? Teach the young! 

Do you want to do a holy thing? Teach the young!

Truly, now and for the future, among holy things, this is the holiest."

__ St. John Bosco

Catechists, substitute catechists, youth group helpers and classroom aides are always needed. Please prayerfully consider volunteering as a catechist or aide. Prior teaching experience is not necessary, just a desire to help catechize our parish children. As required by the Archdiocese of Denver, all volunteers who work with children must agree to a background check and complete the Called to Protect safe environment training.

On Saturday September 16, 2017 at our parish, the Archdiocese of Denver will lead a one day retreat for catechists based on the joyful mysteries: encountering God and having an ongoing relationship with Him; it will also provide some practical tips for the classroom.  

For more information, please email, call, or stop by the religious education office.

We are always happy to welcome new families!

 

 “The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity”  (Pope John Paul II, On Catechesis In Our Time, 5)