Religious Education

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

NOW OPEN for REGISTRATION! St. Mark CCD Faith Formation and Confirmation Classes (2021-2022)!

And we will be having our classes in person! We are all looking forward to seeing you all soon, and we are working hard to prepare for a wonderful year together, learning more about our faith, and being a community truly present with each other in our Church!

Here are some dates to save regarding registration and start of classes:

  • Tuesday September 7 – Deadline for submitting registration packet and fees (instructions are in the packet, and below)
  • Tuesday September 14 – Parent Meeting at Parish Center
  • Sunday September 19 – Catechetical Sunday Mass / Opening Mass (9:45 AM) and First Day of Classes for Grade 1-4, Sacramental Prep, and Confirmation 1
  • Tuesday September 21 – First Day of Classes – Grade 5-8 (7:00-8:15 PM)
  • Sunday September 26 – First Day of Classes – Confirmation 2
  • Regular Class Schedule (Check calendar for specific dates, and other events):
    • Grade 1-4, Sacramental Prep Class = Sundays, after the 9:45 AM Mass, until 12:00 Noon
    • Grade 5-8 = Tuesdays 7:00-8:15 PM
    • Confirmation Classes = Sundays 4:30-6:00 PM

Instructions:

  • You will find the registration packets and calendars available for download below.
  • If you are a current student, fill out the “Current Student” Registration Packet.
  • If you are a new CCD or Confirmation student to our program, fill out the “New Student” Registration packet
  • Please complete and sign the registration forms, enclose the form and fees (check payable to – St. Mark Church) in an envelope, and submit to the Rectory Office by Tuesday September 7, 2021.
  • You may also drop the envelope into the mail slot of the Rectory door. You also have the option to mail the registration forms and fees, just inform me through email that I should wait for your mail. I can also assist in printing these registration forms for you, ready for pick up or delivery, just let me know if you need help.

 Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Ed Ibarra (Coordinator of Religious Education and Youth Ministry)
Email: eibarra@saintmarkbelmont.com
Google Voice Mobile Phone: (408) 518-0887

 When We Meet

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

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.

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

 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.

 

Forms for “Religious Education” 

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