Religious Education

Religious Education covers the entire span of life from birth to death. It has moved beyond a child-oriented program, designed for students who attend a non-parochial school, to a program encompassing the complete religious training of the entire family. Religious Education flows from the mandate of Jesus to go into the world and teach “The Good News.” Parents are the first teachers of faith. The Religious Education Program works to assist and support parents with an organized curriculum.

The CCD program works with children in public schools from all grades and those in Good Shepherd School who are preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation. Children in the sacramental programs participate in a two year preparation process. Parents attend meetings on how to supplement the formal curriculum. Instructors are also available for students with learning difficulties.

Classes are held Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:45pm at the Good Shepherd Education Center.

CONTRACT INFORMATION:
Please contact Director of Religious Education, Amanda Spahr at aspahr@gsschpa.org with any questions.

Parents and Teachers
Parents must recognize, first and foremost, that the success of their children’s religious education depends mainly on them. Take an interest in what your children are learning, and pray together as a family. A parish religious education program or parochial school program can affirm and support, but can NEVER replace, religious education in the home. The more effort parent and children combined put into the program, the more benefits they will receive from it.

Children learn to know and love their religious heritage through participating with their parents and other significant adults. Parents catechize their children by their example and by participating in parish programs which serve their children. The purpose of our Religious Education Program is to impart the Christian message and to guide and assist parents within the Catholic tradition.