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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. Our Religious Education Program for children at Santa Maria de la Paz is maintained by our Director of Evangelization & Family Catechesis.

     

Religious Education Registration

Registration for Religious Education begins on August 18th. SMDLP accepts children from the age of 4 through high school.  Registration for Religious Education classes begins August 18th. Religious Education classes begin on September 9th for the 2018-2019 school year. The registration fee is $35.00 for the first child, $30 for the second child.  Parents may register their child for Religious Education classes in the Parish Office during regular business hours beginning August 20th. Registrations WILL NOT be taken on the first day of class.

Click here for a 2018-19 Religious Education calendar. Mandatory orientation for parents of children who will be receiving the Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be held on Tuesday, September 4th at 6:00PM in the Parish Hall.  Click here for the Student/Parent Handbook in both Spanish and English.  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 familylife@smdlp.org.

There are two schedules available:
      Schedule A* - Sunday 8:45 am to 10:00 am
      Schedule B* - Sunday 11:00 am to 12:15 pm
*Please note change in times

The High School Religious Education class time is:
      Sunday 11:00 to 12:15 pm

registration form 


formulario de inscripción


Sacrament of First Reconciliation & First Communion

Registration for First Holy Comunion Religious Education classes begins on August 18th. Classes begin on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:00 pm.  Click on the link above for the Religious Education calendar.  The registration fee is $60.00. Parents may register their child for First Holy Communion Religious Education classes in the Parish Office during regular business hours beginning August 20th. Registrations WILL NOT be taken on the first day of class.

registration form

formulario de inscripción

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

               April 8, 2019 - April 11, 2019              

Holy Hour

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00PM
Friday, April 26 - 6:00PM

First Reconciliation

               Tuesday, April 30 - 6:00PM

        First Communion Rehearsal

               Saturday, May 4, 10:30AM—Group I
               Saturday, May 4, 2:00PM—Group II

        First Communion

              Saturday, May 4, 5:00PM—Group I 
              Sunday, May 5, 11:30AM—Group II

RCIA for Children

Older children who have not received the Sacrament of Baptism (ages 6 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 2018-19 Adult Religious Education schedule. 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 SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING on our homepage to take the Abuse Awareness Training on-line.

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La tarea del ministro catequistico de la parroquia ofrece oportunidades para enriquecer, y formentar su fe.

 

 

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 $35. There is an additional $25 fee for children who are receiving the Sacrament of First Eucharist.

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 familylife@smdlp.org about donating your time of teaching our faith to younger generations. PLEASE NOTE: All volunteers are required to attend an Safe Environment 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:

familylife@smdlp.org
 or (505) 629-4212

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