Religious Education

For Our Youth

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

The St. Matthew Parish School of Religion works to assist parents in their role as the primary educators of faith for their children.  Through formation and information, we catechize the children of our Parish so that they may know, love, and serve God by living the Gospel Message.  We seek to pass on our Catholic faith, offer opportunities for full, active participation through prayer, Word, Sacrament and service, and allow children to grow in their relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

There are 2 options for PSR - Sunday Classes and Home School

  • The PSR school year begins September and ends in May.  Classes for children in grades Kindergarten through Eight meet on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 10:15am.  Children are dismissed in time to attend the 10:30 Mass!

  • Home School families will receive the textbook at the start of the year and will be responsible for their children learning the information.

Sacramental Preparation

Sacraments are community events, and this is reflected in the preparation and celebration of the sacrament at St. Matthew Parish.  Sacramental preparation is a parish faith formation activity.  The St. Matthew PSR Program, parents, and the parish work together to support each other to prepare children for sacraments.  This is done through prayer, encouragement, instruction, and on-going formation.

The children are prepared to share in the sacraments of:

  • Reconciliation

  • Eucharist

  • Confirmation

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

During the summer, the Religious Education Office sponsors a week-long "Bible School" for children ages 10 and under.  Announcements are made a few weeks before Bible School begins, so watch for details and information!

If you're interested in volunteering for VBS, please contact the Religious Education Office.

Faith Formation for Adults

Spiritual formation and the religious education of adults are essential to the ongoing growth of our faith community.  Our parish provides opportunities for the faith formation of adults, in which all parishioners are welcome to join as participants and assistants.

Adult Initiation / RCIA

The process of the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults" (RCIA) leads to initiation into the Catholic Church through the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The RCIA process is one of personal conversion, education in the Catholic faith, and spiritual formation. Gatherings are held occasionally for those inquiring about the teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. The immediate preparation process begins in early fall, and culminates in the celebration of the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, the evening before Easter Sunday. A Team assists the participants during the preparation process.

Bible Study

Through personal study, small group sharing, teaching and prayer, the participants in the Bible Study come to a depper understanding of the history, teaching, and interpretation of the Scriptures.  Participants gather in 2 groups, on Thursday mornings and evenings.  Sessions include the study of Bible commentaries as well as multimedia presentations.

Spiritual Book Club

All adults of the parish (and their friends) are invited to participate in a spiritual book club. We will gather for conversation around a book which is spiritual in nature and written to help adults live faithfully and lovingly in their everyday lives.  Information regarding the group is published regularly in the weekly bulletin.

All are welcome!

Sacraments

Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law.  There are seven:  Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.  The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian Life: they give birth and increase healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith.  There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of spiritual life.

Baptism

Baptisms can be scheduled for a weekend Mass, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM or other time arranged with Pastor. Preparation sessions are held every other month beginning in January (Jan, Mar, May, etc) for parents who wish to present a first child for Baptism. All expectant parents should contact the Parish Office to arrange a date for Baptism

Confirmation

Young adults are confirmed when they are in eighth grade. Adults who have not been confirmed can call the Parish Office for information about this Sacrament. Please contact the Religious Education Office for information.

Eucharist

A child's first Sacrament of Eucharist requires parental involvement in the preparation program. Please contact the Religious Education Office for information.

Penance

Penance or Reconciliation: Saturday 9:00am to 9:30am or anytime by appointment

A child's first Sacrament of Penance requires parental involvement in the preparation program. Please contact the Religious Education Office for information.

Anointing of the Sick

This sacrament is available at any time to those who are ill, facing surgery, or in danger of death. Please call the Parish Office to arrange a visit.

Holy Orders

Please contact Father Mike at the Parish Office for information regarding vocational discernment.

Matrimony

Couples should call the Parish Office upon their engagement to arrange a date for their wedding.