Religious Education Elementary
The Religious Education Program, through its staff and volunteers, fosters the faith formation of children from age 4 through 14, typically in grades Pre-K through 8. Sacramental preparation is an important focus of the Grade 2 Program (First Reconciliation & First Communion) and Grade 8 Program (Confirmation). Sacramental celebrations are parish-wide events and include students from both local school districts and St. Mary's Grammar School.
What is Catechesis?
Catechism of the Catholic Church reflects the insights of Pope John Paul II's encyclical Catechesi Tradendae when it states that catechesis is "the totality of the Church's efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ" (#4).
More specifically, the Catechism goes on to say that catechesis "is an education in the faith of children, young people, and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life" (#5).
St. Mary's Parish - Religious Education Office
426 Monmouth Street Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Andrew J. Stetser