Religious Education

Contact: ReligiousEd@saintmarkbelmont.com

 

“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” – Mark 10:14

 

When We Meet

Our Faith Formation program takes place in the context of participation with the community at Sunday Liturgy.

At the 9.45am Mass, the children are invited to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word, where God’s Word is expressed in a way to help the children understand the Readings of the day.

The children then return to join their families in the Church for the celebration of the Eucharist.

Classes for 1st–4th Year students take place following the 9:45am Mass on Sundays, while students in the 5th–8th Year program meet on Tuesday evenings.

At the 9.45am Mass, the children are invited to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word, where God’s Word is expressed in a way to help the children understand the Readings of the day.

The children then return to join their families in the Church for the celebration of the Eucharist.

Classes for 1st–4th Year students take place following the 9.45am on Sundays, while students in the 5th–8th Year program meet on Tuesday evenings.

 

Our Commitment

As part of the Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children, students in Grades 1 – 3 will participate in a personal safety curriculum discussion during a regular class session. Students in Grade 4-8 are asked to complete their appropriate grade-level online training course each year on the Shield the Vulnerable website.

Likewise, all our Catechists are required to have completed a “Protect our Children” online course and have had a Background Check.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6: 24-26

 

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the Children’s Program, or to assist in this ministry as a Catechist, Teacher’s Aide or Children Liturgy of the Word Leader (CLW)L), please contact: Maria Ong at 650 591-7072 or  ReligiousEd@saintmarkbelmont.com

 

 

About Us

The Faith Formation and Religious Education Program recognizes parents to be the primary catechists of their children.

Our aim, therefore, is to partner with parents in their journey of helping their children grow in their knowledge of God’s love and presence in their lives, so that they will grow to be members of the Catholic Church who know, love and serve God throughout their lives.

 

Program Overview

Year 1: In this foundational year, the children learn that “God loves us” and learn to follow Jesus’ example and become his disciples.

Year 2: Sacramental Preparation. The children continue their preparation to receive the Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion.

Year 3: In “We Are the Church”, the lessons cover the events of the early Church, that we are members of the Church, and are called to discipleship.

Year 4: In “God’s Law Guides Us”, the children learn about how the commandments teach us to love God, love others and grow in holiness.

Year 5: The children learn that Jesus instituted the sacraments and shares his life with us in “We Meet Jesus in the Sacraments”.

Year 6: In “We Are God’s People”, the lessons focus on the history of salvation, the formation of the covenant, building the covenant nation and the ultimate fulfillment of the covenant in Jesus.

Year 7 & 8: The students explore their personal relationship with Jesus through discussions of the Gospel, and of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ.