Religious Education

The goal of the Religious Education Program is to pass on to our participants the Catholic Faith we have received “in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating [them] into the fullness of the Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church. No. 5). “The catechesis of children … aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety. The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning” (No. 2688).

Classes for grades K-8 are held at the Underhill Central School after Sunday Mass from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM. Throughout the year students participate in the Sunday Mass; liturgical prayers such as the Stations of the Cross, and the Rosary; parish fundraisers; and outreach to those in need in the community.

Parent participation as catechist, classroom helper, substitute teacher, and other functions is welcomed and encouraged. Please visit the Diocese of Burlington’s information page for the child safety program for adults: https://www.vermontcatholic.org/ministries-programs/protecting-our-children/

If you have any questions about the Religious Education Program at St. Thomas Catholic Church contact Laura Lynch Wells at 802-899-4770, or email at rel.ed@stthomasvt.com

Please note: The Confirmation Program as such is being integrated into the Religious Education Program as the age of Confirmation will be 6th grade by 2022. Consequently we will no longer have a separate Confirmation Program. Please be patient as the process unfolds for all of us in the Religious Education Program. We are all still learning what this means for the program and the life of the parish. New “Policies and Guidelines for Religious Education” from the Diocese of Burlington have not yet been promulgated. We anxiously await their official proclamation.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION INFORMATION

 
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