Religious Education

2022-23 Religious Education


Registering your child for our Religious Education classes? Please click on the following to register:

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OVERVIEW.  The Religious Education program at SJE (St. John the Evangelist) supports families who have been practicing* registered parishioners for a minimum of 9 months.  Our Religious Education program is tailored for children grades 1-5, who will journey alongside fellow child parishioners.  In order for catechesis in the faith to take root in children so that faith is practiced into adulthood, it is imperative that a strong home and parish connection exits with our Religious Education families, as this has also shown to be pivotal for the future vitality of our parish life at St. John the Evangelist.

Our catechists set a high standard in the lessons, assignments, and materials used in the classroom. We currently use the Faith and Life Series textbooks for all class levels, and in particular for our Sacramental Preparation class, the 3rd Edition Jesus Our Life by Ignatius Press. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) program materials are also incorporated for the First Communion classes.

All classes are structured to deepen your child’s relationship with our loving Father through Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, and the Holy Liturgy in an age-appropriate method.

Religious Education classes are held on most Sunday mornings from 11:15 am – 12:30 pm, this allows families to attend one of our two morning Holy Masses prior to attending class sessions.

CLICK HERE to view the Religious Ed & Youth Formation School Calendar for 2022-23.

CLICK HERE for registration link for Religious Ed (non-sacramental) classes to follow end of July


*A Practicing Parishioner* is defined as the following according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in order to live a moral life geared towards growth of God and neighbor, a Catholic must at a minimum follow the five precepts of the faith which are: 

  • Attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation,
  • Receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at least once a year
  • Receiving the Eucharist at least once a year
  • Observing the days of fasting and abstinence as prescribed by the Church
  • Contributing to the material needs of the Church

First Reconciliation & First Communion Sacramental Preparation

Our Sacramental Preparation program instructs parishioner children seeking First Reconciliation and First Communion instruction through our parish catechetical formation program of those children older than 7 years of age or in second grade at the time of the registration deadline of October 14, 2022.


Our catechists are background checked and trained through the Diocesan Safe Environment policy and practice program. Your child(s) safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us.


Please click here to view the Religious Ed & Youth Formation School Calendar for 2022-23. Please make note of the dates in red as they pertain to Reconciliation and First Communion candidates.


Registration Link for First Reconciliation & First Communion to follow end of July 2022


Please email a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate to [email protected] to fully register your child(ren). Failure to provide a copy of baptismal certificate will delay the full registration process by the deadline.



To learn more about this program, please go to the Dynamic Catholic/Blessed website.

Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children (RCIC)




Catechetical formation outside of the home can begin as early as 3 years of age with our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 Atrium. Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based faith formation program for 3 to 6-year olds.  Children should be toilet trained by the start of the first day.

We are now happy to also provide a Level 2 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium experience for our 6-9 year old children. In Level 2, the continuing spiritual development and needs of the elementary aged child is nurtured within the context of the image of the True Vine.  Moral Parables and a deeper understanding of the parts of the Mass are included in this level of CGS formation.

Because this faith formation program has a limited number of spaces available, please complete this form if you wish to enroll your child in this program:

For more information on this newest offering please visit the CGS national website www.cgsusa.org.

Booklet: "The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: A Way of Experiencing God"

Article: "A Deep Dive into the Divine: The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd"