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Family Catechesis Overview

It is with much excitement that I announce a change in our Parish School of Religion program for the 2023-2024 school year. Beginning this August, we are moving away from the traditional PSR program to the Family Catechesis model. 

Why the change to Family Catechesis?

Family catechesis has proven to be a powerful experience for thousands of families across the nation. One goal of religious education is to nurture and encourage children and teens to become lifelong Catholics and members of the church. Raising and developing lifelong Catholics begins in the home and is supported by the home parish. 

“Family-centered catechetical programs are opportunities for parents to catechize their children directly, for spouses to catechize each other and for children to catechize one another and their parents” (National Directory for Catechesis #61.2).

Benefits of Family Catechesis

  • help families learn how to pray and to discuss their faith together
  • strengthen the relationship between the family and the Church
  • integrate the family into the parish community
  • more flexibility than the traditional PSR program, thus more accessibility for busy families

How does it work?

What To Expect If Your Child Is Entering A Sacrament Year

2nd Grade - First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion 

  • Students and parents will attend Family Catechesis on selected Sundays.
  • Students will prepare for the sacrament on Family Catechesis Sundays with Mrs. Fluri.
  • During the off weeks from Family Catechesis Sunday, parents will receive sacrament resources from Mrs. Cunningham to assist in sacrament preparation at home. 

7th Grade - Confirmation

  • Students and parents will attend Family Catechesis on selected Sundays.
  • 6 weeks before Confirmation, 7th grade students will attend in-person classes on Monday nights for intense Confirmation preparation. 

Family Catechesis Group Meeting Schedule

August 13, 2023 Finding God Family Catechesis Parent Orientation - 10AM-11AM in the St. Clement Room
September 10, 2023 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Unit 1 Group Meeting
October 8, 2023 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Unit 2 Group Meeting
December 10, 2023 9:00 AM Mass followed by Seasonal Group Meeting—Advent and Christmas
January 14, 2024 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Unit 3 Group Meeting
February 11, 2024 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Unit 4 Group Meeting
March 10, 2024 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Seasonal Group Meeting—Lent/Holy Week/Easter: Lent
April 14, 2024 9:00 AM Mass, followed by Unit 5 Group Meeting
May 12, 2024 9:00 AM Mass, followed by End-of-year group celebration


Registration Link

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please contact PSR Coordinator, Sue Cunningham at [email protected].

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