Welcome to our Catechetical Ministry!
(The Catechetical Ministry was formerly known as Religious Education)
The fundamental task of religious education is to present God, the Holy Trinity, in everything we do, learn, and teach in relation to Him. Our goal is to work with families to educate children in their Catholic faith and to encourage our children to have a living faith marked by active participation in the life of the Church. Since the family is the first place where faith is learned, lived, and interpreted, we feel that it is our role to assist parents in their role as spiritual teachers (Catechists) through programs of systematic spiritual teachings (Catechesis). Together with the family, we form a partnership in the responsibility of forming children in the four pillars of our Catholic faith: Creed, Sacraments, Christian Life, and Prayer.
We strive to enrich their experience of God through the sharing of our own unique faith stories, as well as those of our ancestors in Scripture and history. By breaking open and understanding those God moments, we will help the youth recognize and celebrate the God who has always existed in their life.
Ongoing Faith Formation Preschool ….Elementary…Junior High…High School…
We provide ongoing faith formation for youth of all ages – preschool through high school. The focus or emphasis of the curriculum advances year to year, and is age appropriate. Sessions are also available for sacrament preparation for Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.
The Eucharist celebration is core to our Catholic faith. It helps to build community in our parish through worship. It is expected that parents and children participate in the weekend celebration of the Mass and on Holy Days of Obligation. The Religious Education sessions cannot be a substitute for attending Mass. Weekly mass attendance is not an option; it is a Church requirement.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
- Registration begins Sunday, June 2, 2013. You may register any day thereafter in the Religious Education Office during office hours (Mon 9:30-6pm; Tue-Thurs 9:30-5:00pm).
- A valid Baptismal Certificate is required prior to the first day of class. (If a child has not been baptized, arrangements can be made for baptism).
- Transfer students must have their prior parish send a letter to the Religious Education office stating what classes were taken and record of attendance. (contact office for more specifics).
- Registration in the parish or a letter from the pastor in ones current parish giving your child permission to make his or her sacraments in our parish.
- Confirmation Sessions begin in Sophomore Year of High School (Grades 10). The Diocese requieres a minimum of 2 YEARS preparation for Confirmation. See Sacrament Requirements link for more information.
Enrollment fee is $80 for one child; $150 for two children; $200 for three or more children in a family. ($50 for preschool). Out of Parish Enrollment Fee: $100 per child. Payment is due by September 23, 2012. A Payment Plan is available that will allow you to stretch your payments out for the Catechetical year (July thru May). Financial hardship should NOT keep you from registering your child(ren). To request a Financial Hardship waiver, please provide a note for review addressed to the Director station your circumstance.
Retreat Fees: Confirmation 1 & Confirmation II – Retreat Fee $155; First Communion Retreat $5; Reconciliation Retreat $5; Retreat fees are due one week prior to the retreat. Any cancelations for the Confirmation Retreats must be made at LEAST 10 days in advance or parents are responsible for amount paid to the retreat center ($100) to reserve the teen's placement on retreat.
School age children/youth (ages 7+) who have not been baptized. will enter the Rite of Christian Initiation Process to begin preparation for initiation into the Church and sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Length of this process varies per individual, usually two to three years.
First Eucharist (Holy Communion) Preparation is typically a three year process for children beginning their Religious Education process in first or second grade: The first year is an introduction to the faith; second year the child prepares for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession; and the third year the child prepares for the Sacrament of Eucharist (Holy Communion.
For children beginning their Religious Education Process in grade three or above, the process is typically a TWO year process...Basic preparation for older students (grades three and above who have never attended Religious formation is conducted in Basics. The first year is an introduction for faith, and the second year is preparation for the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Confirmation Preparation is a *two year process. Participants must be in 10th grade or above to enter the Confirmation program. An interview with student, parent and sponsor is conducted before continuing on to the 2nd year. Candidates will attend a retreat each year. Group and/or individual service projects and ministry participation are required. Parents and sponsors are asked to attend certain meetings, jointly with the candidate.
Catholic High School teens attending Confirmation 1: A teen attending Catholic High School may receive a class attendance waiver for Confirmation I (first year of preparation) since the curriculum is similar to what is being used in the Catholic schools. Catholic School teens must enrollment in the Religious Education Program for Con1 and attend Virtus Training, complete all service requirements and attend the Confirmation 1 Retreat. ALL Catholic High School participants WILL NEED TO ATTEND ALL SESSIONS in YEAR II. The Catholic Schools purposely do not teach the immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation so that the teens will be connected with their parish community.
Confirmation Retreat Dates: Confirmation 2: November 8-10, 2013; Confirmation 1 tentative date
Code of Conduct St. Anthony Behavior & Responsibility Policy
Participants will not attend any church activity while under the influence of illegal substances, including alcohol, drugs or smoking
- Participants will not carry any form of knife or weapon
- Participants will not be disrespectful toward any adult leader, church property and/or peers
- Participant agrees to display appropriate “Christ-like” Christian behavior during events, trips, sessions, etc.
- Participant will remain respectful while attending sessions and show reverence to God – remember where you are – inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated
- When bringing cell phones and/or pagers to class – they must remain OFF during the event times or will be confiscated – these items are NOT allowed on retreats
- Participants are expected to wear appropriate clothing and to remove all hats while in church
- No participant will be allowed to leave during class unless a parent has obtained permission from a staff member
- All requests for changes in class schedules need to go through the Catechetical Ministry Office. Participants will receive a Notification of Change slip to present to the new teacher.
- Any participant displaying questionable behavior will be dismissed
In order to promote a Christian environment and foster a Christian attitude of respect for themselves and others, participants are asked to comply with the following:
- Blouses and shirts must cover the midriff
- Clothing should not be tight fitting
- Undergarments should not be visible.
- No short shorts/skirts, low cut or see through clothing
- No clothing with phrases or pictures that reflect immoral or improper values
When Do Religious Education Sessions Begin?
The first week of Religious Education sessions begins the week of Sunday, September 15 and continue through May 7, 2014. Religious Education is an ongoing process – we offer faith formation sessions for all grade levels – preschool through high school. Children should be studying and sharing their faith routinely every year.
What Days are Classes Offered?
Classes are offered on Sunday/Monday (Confirmation), 9thh Grad on Monday; Monday or Tuesday for Junior High ) and Tuesday or Wednesday (Grades Preschool thru 6 and Basics). Sessions meet once a week for 1 hour and 15 minutes (grades Preschool through 6); 1½ hours for Confirmation sessions; offered at…
Preschool: Tuesday 4:00-5:15 weekly or Sunday 11:15-12:15
Kindergarten Tuesday 4:00-5:15; 6:00-7:15 or Wednesdays 4-5:15 weekly
Elementary 1-6 Tuesday 4:00-5:15; 6:00-7:15 or Wednesdays 4-5:15 weekly
Junior High 7-8 Monday or Tuesday, 6:00-7:15 weekly
9th Grade Monday, 6:00-7:15 weekly
Confirmation: Sunday 6:30-8:30 or Monday 6:30-8:30 every other week
What Is the Fee?
The fee for Religious Education sessions is $80 for one child per year; $150 for two children; $200 for three or more. (Preschool $50) Financial Assistance and/or Payment plans are available.
When Does Registration Open for 2013-2014
The first day of registration is Sunday, June 2. Registrations will be accepted in the Catechetical Ministry Office during Office hours. A copy of your child(ren)’s baptismal certificate is required prior to the first day of class.
If you are not yet registered at St. Anthony but worship here (attend Mass weekly), you can register your family in the parish when you register for Religious Education sessions.
Non-Parishioners: Registration Fee for NON-PARISHIONERS (currently registered in another parish) begins
Catechetical Ministry Office Hours
Summer Hours–June thru Sep: Mon 10-6pm; Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-5pm Closed Fri.
Catechetical Year: Oct-May: Mon 10-7:30pm; Tue 10-7:30pm; Wed10-5:30; Thurs 10-5
Preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist/Holy Communion (for children already baptized) is a three years process for children starting Religious Education in first or second grade. For children starting Religious Education in grades 3 and above, the process for Sacrament preparation is typically two years.
Non-baptized children/teens will enter attend the RCIA process adapted for children. This process is usually a two to three year process for becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church (receiving three sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation).
Teens: The Diocese of San Bernardino requires a minimum of two years of Confirmation Preparation. St. Anthony’s Confirmation sessions begin in the sophomore year (10th grade).
Adults interested in becoming Catholic or knowing more about the Catholic Faith?
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) is an ongoing process. Sessions meet on Sunday mornings. For more information contact Ruby and Richard Simpson at (909) 946-1344.
Events and Parent Meeting Dates 2013-2014
Parent Handbook 2013-2014
Personel and Contact Information 2013
Registration Booklet 2013-14
Registration Form Returning Families 2013-14