Religious Education

GENERAL INFORMATION 

The Religious Education program is meant to supplement the Religious formation already happening in the home.  Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. 

St. Paul the Apostle Parish will assist parents in teaching their children by providing a safe environment to learn and share their faith.

As a community of the faithful, we at St. Paul the Apostle, pledge to provide instruction in the Catholic faith an encourage participation in one of the weekend Masses  Parents, students, and teachers recognize the importance of Religious Education and cooperate to make the most of the student’s learning opportunities and faith formation. 

WHAT IS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION? 

The terms used for the program that teaches young people in the parish about our Catholic faith.  This includes preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation.  Religious Education classes are open to all young people in grades Pre-K through 12.  The families of these young people MUST be registered members of St. Paul the Apostle Parish and practice STEWARDSHIP. 

GOALS OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE CHURCH RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM 

  1. To expose students to basic Catholic Doctrine, Prayer, and Scripture.
  2. To assist in spiritual growth.
  3. To encourage students to live their faith.
  4. To promote the Sacred Tradition, Scripture, and Doctrines of the Catholic Faith.
  5. To teach students the Sacraments.
  6. To prepare and encourage students to receive frequent Reconciliation (Confession) and Communion.
  7. To live a life dedicated in service of God, the Parish, and the Community.
  8. To help students to discern their vocation in life.  (Priesthood, Religious Life, Marriage, Single Life)

FORMS 

Liability forms from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and St. Paul the Apostle registration and Parish census forms must be filled out for each student and family.

FEES

A non-refundable registration fee is required for each student at the time of registration.  The fee helps to defray the costs of books, materials, and activities.  If there are financial difficulties, parents should contact the director of Religious Education.

NON-DISCRIMINATION

Religious Education will not be denied to anyone because of race, national origin, gender, age, or physical or mental ability.

PARENT EXPECTATIONS 

  1. Share your Catholic Faith with your child.
  2. Attend Mass every weekend with your child.
  3. Be on time.  Parents are expected to accompany their children in their classroom by 9:45 a.m. and also pick them up promptly at 11:00 a.m.  High School students should be dropped off and picked up promptly as well.
  4. Show interests in the lessons and projects your child brings home and talk with them about their experience in class.
  5. Contact the Religious Education teacher or Director of Religious Education to discuss any questions, problems, or suggestions.
  6. Parents or Guardians are expected to participate in the Religious Education program by contacting the Director of Religious Education as to what area of involvement they would be assisting with.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS 

It is essential that respect, cooperation, support, and courtesy be shown by all those involved in the Religious Education program.  We are a “family” and the behavior is a reflection belonging to the family.  Parents, please review the following rules of behavior so that your students will understand.

  1. Respect teacher, assistants, and classmates.
  2. Use respectful language;
  3. Cooperate with requests made by the teachers and assistants.
  4. Respect the property of St. Paul the Apostle Parish.
  5. Listen while others are speaking and participate in class discussions/projects. 
  6. Be open to learning about the Catholic faith in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere. 

DISCIPLINE ISSUES

The philosophy of discipline is based on the approach of self-discipline and the need to help students to live in the image of Jesus Christ.  To insure that all students have the maximum opportunity to receive the most out of their religious education experience, discipline must be maintained in order to provide a positive atmosphere for all.  

DISCIPLINE CONSEQUENCES/ACTION STATEMENT 

1st Offense:  Teacher will consult with student.  First offense may not be limited to teacher consulting with student depending on severity of student’s behavior. 

2nd Offense:  Student will be sent to consult with the Director of Religious Education.   Parents will be notified by telephone or in writing.

3rd Offense:  Student’s parent/guardian will be notified at that time, and probable cause of student being dismissed from the Religious Education program can be issued by the Director of Religious Education in consultation with the Pastor. 

FIGHTING OR INTENTIONAL INFLICTING HARM ON ANOTHER STUDENT, OR THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER STUDENT, OR THE PROPERTY OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE PARISH WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THAT CLASS PERIOD AND A POSSIBLE EXPULSION FROM RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES.  THERE WILL BE NO FEE REFUND FOR EXPULSIONS. 

CANCELLATION OF CLASS

Occasionally, weather does not permit us to have class.  The ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television stations will air the cancellation of classes and events at St. Paul the Apostle Parish.   If classes are cancelled for reasons other than weather, you will receive a phone call or e-mail.