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Religious Education

Religious Education encompasses the faith formation of our entire parish community.
Our children learn and grow in their faith, and adults endeavor to continue in this
learning process throughout their lives.


Religious Education Registration

Religious Education classes began in September for the 2017-2018 school year.  Click here for the 2017-18 RE Schedule. If parents need assistance or have questions, please contact Sr. Stella Maris, Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis by calling (505) 629-4212 or via e-mail at Registration for Religious Education classes is now closed.

Youth & Children's Faith Formation

Our Religious Education Program for children at Santa Maria de la Paz is maintained
by our Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis. There are two schedules available:
      Schedule A - Sunday 8:00 am to 9:15 am
      Schedule B - Sunday 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

The High School Religious Education class time is:
      Sunday 10:45 to 12:00 pm

Sacrament of First Reconciliation & First Communion

Children who have reached the 3rd grade and have received the Sacrament of Baptism are eligible to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion if they have completed a pre-requisite year of religious education.  (If not at Santa Maria de la Paz, proof of religious education from another parish must be provided.) PLEASE NOTE:  A recently issued (within last 6 months) Baptismal Certificate may be required by the Parish office from First Holy Communion children.

First Communion classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the SMDLP Social Hall.

Click here to download My First Eucharistic Booklet.  [To set up your booklet, print using "2-sided or duplex printing", "flip on short edge", and "landscape orientation". Fold the printed pages down the middle.]

Haga clic aquí para descargar Mi Primera Eucaristía Folleto. [Para configurar el folleto, imprimir utilizando "2 caras o impresión a doble cara", "voltear en borde corto", y "orientación horizontal".  Doblar las páginas impresas por la mitad.]

First Holy Communion Important Dates

        First Communion Candidates Testing

               Monday, April 9—Thursday, April 12

        May Crowning & Scapular Investiture

               Saturday, May 5, 5:00PM—Group I
               Sunday, May 6, 9:30AM—Group II

        First Reconciliation

               Tuesday, May 8, 6:00PM

        First Communion Rehearsal

               Friday, May 11, 6:00PM—Group I
               Saturday, May 12, 1:30PM—Group II

        First Communion

              Saturday, May 12, 5:00PM—Group I 
              Sunday, May 13, 11:30AM—Group II

RCIA for Children

Older children who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism (ages 7 and above) and have not received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion must attend classes for two years before being eligible.  The first year, the child will receive the Sacrament of Baptism and the second year, with a continuation of classes, will receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Adult Enrichment

Fr. Daniel offers Adult Religious Education sessions on Tuesdays during the school year. The schedule includes four or more parent Units (on average) of six to seven weeks each.  Since our children do not learn in isolation, but rather with their families, we ask that parents attend one of these units over the course of the year in addition to helping their children with religious education at home, praying daily, and attending Mass regularly. Click here for the schedule of the Units being offered this school year.  The cost of each Unit is $10.00 and all classes are held at the Social Center at 6:00PM.  Pre-registration is not required.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe policy mandates that all volunteers attend the Abuse Awareness Training for Adults.  Click on VIRTUS on our homepage to take the Abuse Awareness Training on-line.

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Frequently Asked Questions...

For what grade levels does Santa Maria de la Paz offer Religious Education?

The Sunday Religious Education program is offered for grade levels K-12.

Is there a fee for Children’s Religious Education?

The fee for parishioners of SMDLP is $30. There is an additional $25 fee for children who are receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist. A late registration fee will be applied after September 10.

Are all parents required to attend Fr. Daniels Adult Religious Education sessions?

Although we strongly suggest that all parents attend the adult sessions, only the parents of the First Communion children are required to attend.

My child is receiving his First Communion. Is he required to have a prerequisite year of Religious Education classes?

Yes. All children who are receiving the Sacrament of First Communion are required to have a prerequisite year of Religious Education classes.

My child attends Santo Nino (or St. Michael’s) is he required to attend Sunday classes as well as First Communion classes? What about the prerequisite year?

No. If your child attends a private Catholic school, he is not required to attend Sunday classes or attend the prerequisite year prior to First Communion.

I would like to teach Religious Education classes. What are the requirements?

You may contact Sr. Stella Maris, Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis at about donating your time of teaching our faith to younger generations. PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers are required to attend an Abuse Awareness training per the Archdiocese of Santa Fe policy. Contact the Santa Maria de la Paz office for training dates or call Annette Klimka, Safe Environment Coordinator, at the Archdiocese offices at (505) 831-8144.


For information on any of these programs contact:
 or (505) 629-4212

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