Religious Education at St. Clarence consists of multiple ways in which we try to help parents and children foster a relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, liturgy and learning about their Catholic Faith. Liturgy is highlighted in our Sunday Morning Preschool (Religious Readiness) for children ages 3 to Kindergarten. Students in Grades 1 and 2 are encouraged to take advantage of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 10:00am Sunday Mass.
Faith Formation (PSR) for children in Grades 1 – 8 who do not attend a parochial school is on Monday during one of two sessions: afternoon or evening. Monday PSR begins in September and extends until May. We do not offer online registration, but you may print the PSR Registration Packet and mail it in or drop it off in the Parish Office. Forms, Parent Handbook (required for all families to read) and other information as it becomes ready can also be found on the kiosk stand in the Atrium. A calendar of events will be published over the summer after it becomes finalized, but please mark your calendars for our first class on Monday, September 10. The rest of the event dates will be soon to follow.
Children registered in the parish who are attending the PSR program or are enrolled in a parochial day school are invited to celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion during their 2nd grade year and Confirmation during their 8th grade year. Here is a sample of materials that are used for 2nd grade Sacraments.
There is even a Co-op Nursery available during the 10:00am Mass for children ages 1 and 2! Though not an educational part of our programs, it does allow parents the opportunity to worship during the 10:00 am Mass on Sunday without interruption from busy toddlers. The Co-Op Nursery for children ages 1 & 2 is available when there are enough volunteers to staff it. The Nursery is located in room 20 on the lower mezzanine. Please contact Grace Kincaid for details.
Sunday Morning Preschool (Religious Readiness)
We are glad to offer our Religious Readiness program to help your preschooler grow in faith and relationship with God. Children, ages 3 to Kindergarten, are introduced to the Sunday Liturgy through scripture, story, prayer and ritual. A variety of enjoyable, age-appropriate learning methods are used to enhance young children’s faith experiences, including music, story-telling, drama and crafts.
Religious Readiness meets from September through May during the 10:00 am Mass. An calendar of dates, times, and special events will be published over the summer after it is finalized.
Children age 3 are taken to the classroom before the Mass begins. Older children leave the Mass after the Introductory Rites and are led to their classes by catechists. All children are to be picked up immediately following the Mass by a parent or guardian. Classes are located in the lower mezzanine. We do not offer online registration but you may print the Religious Readiness Registration Form and submit to the Parish Office in person or by mail. A Contact Information Form needs to be filled out as well and returned the first day of Preschool. You can access both forms here. You can also find information about our Sunday preschool program on the kiosk stand in the Atrium.
If a child is apprehensive about visiting any program for the first time, a parent or guardian is welcome to accompany the child. If a child is a guest at St. Clarence and wishes to attend the Religious Readiness program, registration is required. Registration Forms are available in the atrium kiosk prior to Mass. Completed forms must be returned to the program coordinator before the child joins a group. Registration for the year begins in April of the previous year, with a reduced fee for early registrations received before June 30th. If you have any questions, please contact Grace Kincaid.