Religious
Education
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Parish
Santa Clarita, California
In Partnership with  
Office Hours:
Religious Education Summer Office Hours
September 4-27, 2012 we will be open on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 6:30pm


Regular Hours:
Monday: 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Director of Religious Education ~ Mindy Irwin x7903
Director of Confirmation -
Jennifer Schmid x7908

Office Staff
Office Clerk/Registration ~
Laura Matthews x7901
Administrative Assistant ~
Bonnie Bulder x7902

Coordinators
Little Church ~
Carole Elvington
First Communion Preparation ~
Cathy Frick
Junior High ~
Bonnie Bulder
Adult Confirmation ~ Ana Cape

Religious Education Office ~ (661) 296-6945
Bobby Vidal
Director of Evangelization and Lay Formation
Contact Bobby - x7909

Religious Education Registration
2012-2013 Registration closed on September 13, 2012.
Religious Education Materials
SEP - VIRTUS for Children Program
Participant Manual 2011-2012.pdf

Volunteer Information
Volunteer Opportunities at Blessed Kateri.pdf

A Note from the Director of Evangelization & Lay Formation to Parents

What role do you want God to play in your family?
What do you desire most for our children, your spouse? Is it not happiness? Is it not a fulfilled life?

True fulfillment and happiness can only be found by responding to the call to be one with our Triune God. Our conscious response and enduring decision to follow Jesus Christ and surrender our lives over to His service is the foundation of all fulfillment and happiness.

Your child has a divine purpose, a divine mission; a vocation to fulfill that is unique and irrepeatable. Their response to this call is primary to their happiness. Your home is the training field (the novitiate), where God has placed them to receive the most basic formation for His divine plan in their life.

Religious Education is much more than merely preparing your child for a sacrament. It is more than simply teaching your child what the Church teaches. It is more than helping your child be a “Good Catholic”, who attends Mass every Sunday and participates in the communal life of the parish in service to others.

Together with parents, Religious Education seeks to cultivate within your child a growing capacity to: 1.) Desire to follow Jesus Christ as His disciple within the Church community. 2.) Choose to live (as they mature) as His apostle in the world.

A moment will come in the life of your child where they will need to decide for themselves whether or not they will be a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ and a responsible member of His Church? Are you doing all in your power to prepare them for this moment?

If you would like the parish community to assist you in the formation of your child’s relationship with Christ, consider registering your child for one of our programs.

In Christ,
Bobby Vidal
Director of Evangelization & Lay Formation

For more information about our Religious Education programs take a look at our Religious Education Handbook. For more information about registering your child for a religious education program see our Registration Newsletter.


Religious Education Programs Offered at Blessed Kateri

Little Church -
The Little Church program is for 3, 4, and 5 year old children and is held during the 8:30am Mass while their parents and older siblings attend mass. The goal of this program is to provide young children with positive and loving first experiences with the Catholic Church in a semi-formalized setting. Lessons are liturgically based on each week’s gospel with an emphasis on how God’s word applies to a preschooler’s life experience. Our hope is that Little Church enriches the church life of the students and helps prepare them for regular mass participation.
2012-2013 Little Church Calendar



Elementary Classes -
This program is set-up for all families with children in grades 1-6 who are seeking to enrich their lives with a deeper communal interaction of their personal faith experience of Christ. These sessions are set-up to help parents in their role as primary educators of the faith by weekly meetings filled with prayer, games, lectures, and take home/chapter review assignments in the classrooms at Blessed Kateri.
Elementary Class Schedules 2012-2013 MONDAY
Elementary Class Schedules 2012-2013 TUESDAY
Elementary Class Schedules 2012-2013 WEDNESDAY
Elementary Class Schedules 2012-2013 HOME STUDY


Children’s Catechumenate (RCIA)
This process is intended for un-baptized children who have attained the use of reason and are of catechetical age; and children 9 years and older who have been baptized as infants, but have not received religious formation in the Catholic Church. They seek Christian initiation, either at the direction of their parents or guardians, or, with parental permission, on their own initiative. The sacraments of Christian Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. This process of Christian Initiation requires both a personal conversion, in proportion to their age, and instruction in the Faith. We speak of the process as the child’s own “journey of faith”. The wonderful part is that the parents and catechists have the privilege of accompanying the child on this journey as they develop a deeper relationship with God and the community. The main focus of RCIA sessions is for the parents and children to feel a renewed sense of “welcome” within our Catholic Christian community.
YRCIA 2011-2012 Calendar Sundays.pdf
YRCIA Calendar 2011-2012 Young Adult Inquirers-Thursdays1.pdf
YRCIA Calendar 2011-2012 Young Adult Catechumenate- Fridays.pdf

First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation 
Is a two consecutive year preparation program that assists parents in readying their child for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion. Religious readiness, not chronological age or school grade, will determine a child’s readiness to encounter Christ in these sacramental celebrations. This decision of readiness rests with the parents and the child in dialogue with the catechist, coordinator, director and/or pastor. 
First Communion Handbook 2012-2013

Religious Education/Docs/First Communion Photography 2012.pdf

The EDGE
The Edge is a radical new Catholic centered program aimed at young adolescents who are in the 7th and 8th grade. The EDGE is designed to meet their educational, spiritual, emotional, and social needs. As part of the Catholic Church’s mission to evangelize, catechize, and spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ, middle school youth are encouraged to go out and bring the faith into the world
2012-13 Jr High Student Syllabus

Home Study
This is a home-based version of the classroom programs, Elementary 1st Grade – 6th Grade and Junior High, 7th and 8th Grade, designed for those families that are not able to attend weekly classes at the parish. Parents who enroll their children in Home Study are required to attend adult formation classes, and 1 parish retreat of their choice by at least one parent.
7th Grade Home Study Student Syllabus
8th Grade Home Study Student Syllabus

2012-2013 Home Study Guidelines
2012-2013 Jr. High Home Study Guidelines
2012-2013 Sunday Sacramental Guidelines

F.I.R.E.
This is a “Family-centered Intergenerational Religious Education” program design to help families in a small faith community setting encounter Christ by different activities, prayers, rituals, and faith sharing sessions. Participants will meet once a week at a Facilitator’s home at the best appointed time of all families involved.

Whole Community Catechesis
Whole Community catechesis is a concept that implies two main principles. First, because conversion is an ongoing process, we need to catechize and be catechized our entire lives. Growth in faith and religious literacy is not just for children. Second, that growth in faith is mutual. We do not teach our children, friends, family and parish without being taught ourselves. The entire community needs to be involved with formation not just the children. Blessed Kateri “family weeks” are the assembly component of Whole Community Catechesis.

Family Week
Family week occurs 2 times a year on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. On those weeks, in lieu of traditional classes, children do not attend their regular religious education classes rather the entire family attends either evening together. The sessions will be oriented to the entire family and the children will remain in the worship area with the adults. The RE Dept. will be providing dinner for our families.

* All of the presentations will be intergenerational. Our topics will be interesting and engaging to adults, High School, Jr. High and Elementary members of your family.

Volunteer Opportunities
The Blessed Kateri Religious Education curriculums are dependent on volunteers who generously give of their time to our various programs. We have a wide variety of needs sure to suit your talents.

Because our volunteers work with the children of our parish, all adult volunteers are required to follow the Blessed Kateri Safe
Environment Program. This includes:

Attending a VIRTUS for Adults training session
A background check in the form of fingerprinting
Reading the Safe Environment Program Handbook (SEP) and turning in Appendix A & E from the handbook

More details about these requirements can be found by clicking here
SEP and VIRTUS Program Link.

If you have more questions about volunteering opportunities in Religious Education, please contact Bonnie Bulder at bbulder@saintkateriparish.org  or at 661-296-6945 x7902.

Thank you so much for your gift of time and talent to our community.

Volunteer Orientation
The Volunteer Orientation is on Tuesday, August 23rd in classrooms 2 & 3. Safety and Hall Monitors from 6:30pm to 7:30pm; Class Aides from 7:45pm to 8:45pm.  Office Aides will report to the office during the week of September 12, 2011

Volunteer Job Descriptions:
Class Aide
Safety Monitor and Hall Monitor
Office Aide