Religious Education Gr. 1-8
Our Religious Education Program dives into the Catholic faith each week lead by our wonderful volunteer Catechists, assisting parents who strive to form passionate, active Catholics in the hearts of our children by using the program Blest Are We. Be sure to check out their website with all sorts of great tips on how to keep the faith alive in your family!
Philosophy and Goal
The primary goal of the Religious Education Programs of Our Lady of Victory Parish is to continue the mission of Jesus by proclaiming the Word of God, celebrating the sacred mysteries and serving the people of the world.
A love of God, an awareness of God's presence in our lives and a commitment to Christian service are those values, which we strongly encourage. Because this growth and maturity of faith is a life long process, these efforts only supplement the faith development, which is happening within the individual and the family. Through mutual cooperation, family and parish can help all people assume their full baptismal roles in our parish community and in the church at large.
About Our Program
We offer Religious Education classes for our public school students in grades 1-8. The classes for grades 1-8 are held on Monday evenings from 6:45 – 8:00 pm. Classes typically begin in September and end in early May.
The yearly schedules for our Religious Education classes are mailed to our families in August, as well as posted to our website.
Tuition is $70 for parishioners and $100 for families not registered in our parish. Payment of tuition is expected to be paid with the registration form. Tuition is waived for parents who volunteer as catechist or catechist’s aides. No child will be denied a religious education due to a lack of payment. If you need tuition assistance, please contact the Religious Education office at 347-2071.
Religious Education Catechists and Aides
All Religious Education catechist and aides must be Catholic, attend Mass regularly, and follow the laws of the Church in their daily lives. They must be committed to preparing and following the established religious curriculum and lesson plans.
Religious Education catechists and aides are encouraged to attend the spiritual formation classes for catechist certification offered by the Archdiocese.
The Archdiocese requires all Religious Education volunteers (over age 18) to be fingerprinted and all volunteers must attend the Child Protection Decree orientation class called Virtus. For questions about Virtus, please contact Randi Hom, OLV Virtus Coordinator, at 347-8824 or [email protected]
If you have any questions regarding our programs, please contact Jonathan Schaefer, Director of Religious Education, at 347-2071 or [email protected]
MONDAY MEMO - Our newsletter is sent home on the first Monday of every month with each student.
PARENT HANDBOOK - Our handbook describes the policies and procedures of the Religious Education Programs. Please read through it and discuss it with your child. If you do no have one, please call the Relgious Education Office.
FAMILY TIME - Positioned at the beginning of each chapter, this section provides a choice of things to do at home, providing the opportunity for families to share their own experiences. Be sure to visit the Blest Are We website at www.blestarewe.com often for more family ideas, games, and activities.
FROM CATECHISTS - At times, catechists may send home information about upcoming classes, homework, etc. Please ask each week for these papers.
Communication is needed both ways. We appreciate any information you pass along, whether in person, in writing, or by telphone. Please especially keep us informed of problems, concerns, changes in your family, or other information, such as a change of address, that will help us to work with you and your child better. We are here to listen.
TALK WITH YOUR CHILD - Find out what is going on in class from your child while you're eating, driving in the car, or before bedtime. Discuss and admire papers your child brings home. Pray with them. Let us know how we're doing.
CHECK IT OUT - When your child has difficulties find out the facts. Call us and ask questions. Join forces with the catechist to help your child overcome difficulties and be successful.
REPORT ABSENTEES - Please call the office before 6:30PM to report your child's absence. We will send homework with another student if possible. Attending on a weekly basis and arriving on time should alsways be the goal!
Office of Religious Education