The Parish Religious Education Program seeks to educate our children in the truths and practices of our Faith. St. John's Religious Education Program, along with St. John's School, is guided by the Archdiocesan Curriculum, Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization, a set of standards of knowledge and behaviors, which will help children and parents alike to have the courage, love and peace to live their faith in our world. Dedicated volunteer teachers staff grades pre-Kindergarten to eighth, each Sunday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 am, in St. John the Evangelist School. Classes are for all children attending public or private schools who are in need to further their education in the Catholic Faith. Mass is offered before and after our Religious Education Classes and parents are encouraged to take their children either to the 8:00 am or to the 10:15 am Mass as part of our Religious Education Classes.
Holy Eucharist or First Communion
Preparation for the reception of the Holy Eucharist or First Communion spans a two-year period which usually takes place from 1st to 2nd grade. Most children receive the Eucharist during the second grade year, in the spring, or at the age of 7. Parental involvement is invited and supported.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on candidates of our parish in their 8th grade by a Bishop of the Archdiocese, usually during the Spring. The minimum amount of preparation for this Sacrament, as required by Sacramental and Liturgical norms, is also a two-year period.
The purpose of Religious Education is not only to have our children prepare for the Holy Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation, but to arm them with the knowledge, faith and experience that they need in order to be good Catholics the rest of their lives in a world where values and moral principles are so frequently distorted.
These are the topics covered by grade:
|Pre-K||All of creation is Gift of God and reflects God’s presence to us.|
|Kindergarten||God first loves us and sent His Son to save us. He taught us by how He lived and died and rose and what He said.|
|1st||We belong to God’s family through Baptism. Jesus shows us how to love.|
|2nd||Jesus gives Himself to us in Holy Eucharist. Jesus gives us His peace through forgiveness of our sins.|
|3rd||We learn what it is we believe in the Creed.|
|4th||The Beatitudes and the commandments show us how to live in love. Our moral life is based on the teaching not only of the Old Testament but also the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament.|
|5th||The Sacraments (7) are part of our daily Catholic living; we learn each one’s signs, symbols and meaning.|
|6th||We learn about all of Salvation History through a study of the Old Testament. God has a plan for our salvation since the beginnings of creation, through the gift of His Son, even until now.|
|7th||We learn about Jesus Christ, His life, death, and resurrection and what that means for all mankind.|
|8th||We prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation which includes all the earlier standards of our curriculum along with a sense of Church history.|
Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide for Parents
Each grade from Pre-K to 8th, has a special curriculum to help us reinforce those four pillars at a level that your child would understand. For additional information and to download the Parent Pages on what your child will be learning during the school year and how to get involved and help further his/her education, please click on your child’s grade:
Religious Education Office, 10103 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902
For further information, you may contact the Religious Education Office at 301-681-7634.