Along with our youth ministry program, Religious Education at Most Holy Trinity seeks to bring all of our youth into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to foster that relationship through sacramental preparation and catechesis. Our mission is to help our youth encounter Christ in a personal way, because it is only then that catechesis will truly take root in their hearts and lives. We achieve these goals by:
It is our hope that upon high school graduation, all of our youth would be equipped with the necessary tools to continue growing in their faith at college and in the workplace.
2020/2021 Religious Ed FAQ
After speaking with the diocese, religious ed directors at other parishes, our catechists, and the ministry staff, we decided that offering a remote family ministry program would be best for all ages this year. Here are the details in an FAQ format:
Why did we decide to offer a remote program vs. in person?
We made this decision for many reasons. The main one was that none of our catechists felt comfortable teaching students in class with social distancing rules. Also, having a remote program allows us to offer something consistent throughout the year regardless of the state of the virus or the school's schedule.
What will the program be like?
This is a family ministry program called Family Kerygma.The focus of the year will be on the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ and how, through the Sacraments, He makes us sharers in His own divine life.
It offers a combination of short videos and a printed book to provide content and facilitate discussions and prayer for families to do together. There will be 10 lessons throughout the year with accompanying videos by Monica Pope and Fr. Gary Koenigsknecht. Each lesson will have two different learning levels depending on the age of your children. There will also be several family scripture prayer sessions.
When will the program begin?
Starting around the end of September or beginning of October, a new lesson will be offered every three to four weeks (ten lessons in total.) The sessions will be online, so families may commit to participation according to their own schedules.
Who is this program for?
This program would be valuable for anyone regardless of if they have children, but is designed for families with students. Anyone in the parish is most welcome to sign up for it. Also, while this program can certainly be used in families with high school students, Corey Luna (our youth minister) and I are working on events and programs specifically for those students.
Will the material be hard?
Each lesson will be arranged in two levels, with additional supplemental material. Families are free to choose whatever level they feel is most appropriate for themselves and their children. People will be free to use whatever supplemental materials they wish. All of the materials were created for families. None of it will be hard.
What about First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation?
I'm still talking with others and figuring out the best way to prepare children and families for these sacraments. Most of the content students need to learn is already in the main program so we will likely add some supplemental material and activities for those preparing for sacraments. I will send out more information as we solidify things.
What about Confirmation?
I have already been communicating with high school students preparing for Confirmation, please contact me if you have a student who wants to be confirmed and you haven't heard from me.
How do I register?
Just use the regular religious ed registration form. If you haven’t registered yet, the online form is at mhtparish.com/religious-education
Is there a cost?
Concerning tuition, we are keeping the same religious ed fee as we have had in the past ($125 for families with one student, $225 for two students, $300 for three or more students). We recognize that while our costs won't decrease significantly, what we can offer students is more limited. We also know that a lot of families are under more of a financial burden because of the pandemic. No family will be prevented from participating in anything due to cost. Please feel free to sign up no matter what. If a family can only pay part of the fee or would like to set up a payment plan we can easily work that out. Please don't hesitate to contact me about this.
In addition to the family ministry program, Corey Luna and I wanted to make sure that we would be able to offer some in person ministry for 8th grade students as they transition from junior high into high school. So as long as Waldron is open, Corey and I will lead a religious formation group for the 8th grade students during the school day (a similar schedule to what we would have on a normal year). Beginning the week of September 21st, we will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This group would either meet outside or in the Activity Center so that we can maintain social distancing.
The Director of Religious Education
Religious Education Forms
Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Have you been away from church for a while but would like to come back? Or would you like to learn more about the faith?
Please contact Paul Fahey at (989) 593-3174 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to help you grow in your faith.