From the Director of Religious Education
As we enter into another school year, I would like to welcome our new and returning families. I look forward to helping your children know and understand the love of God through Jesus Christ, our Savior, along with the Catechists who give of their time so generously.
On behalf of Fr. Charles and our Catechists, it is a pleasure and joy to serve you and your families. As parents, you are the primary educators of your children in regard to faith formation. I hope that our service to your children in this Religious Education Program will bring about a richer and deeper prayer life within your family as a whole. I encourage you to be active participants in your child’s journey. The Church offers so many opportunities to give of your time, talent and treasure. I look forward to seeing the many avenues in which our Lord will use you to be witnesses to your own children.
If you need to contact me, I can be reached at the Parish Office at 309-787-4593 or by email at email@example.com. God bless you!
Kimberly Souba, Director of Religious Education
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Parish Religious Education
Religious education in the Catholic Church is done either through attending a Catholic school or by joining the parish religious education program from kindergarten through eighth grade. Through this, we prepare children to receive sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. In the Diocese of Peoria, religion classes for public school children begins in kindergarten, and classes are held each year until the Sacrament of Confirmation in eighth grade.
Goals of the St. Ambrose Religious Education Program
- To recognize Scripture as God’s Word
- To emphasize Jesus’s life and mission
- To develop an understanding of the relationship of Scripture to the liturgical cycle, the curriculum and the student
- To develop an understanding of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic
- To provide opportunities to share in the sacramental life of the Church
- To promote appreciation and foster participation in personal prayer and communal worship
- To develop a basic understanding of the teachings of the Church
- To activate Christian concern for issues of life, truth and justice
- To promote Catholic moral principles and assist in the moral development of the students
- To encourage the ongoing, lifelong faith development of the student
- To cultivate a desire in every student to attend Mass each Sunday
- To stimulate and encourage the catechist, a witness to the gospel and person of prayer, to share their faith
- To engage and support families in their role as primary religious educators of their children
- To encourage students to be witnesses outside of the classroom