Religious Ed (K-11)
Religious education is provided for all registered members of St. Mark Parish. Programs are designed to fulfill the Church's responsibility to continue the mission of Jesus to proclaim and teach about the Kingdom of God. Programs are presented for adults as well as both the religious instruction needs of the students in public school and in the sacramental needs of all our students in public and parochial school.
Registration for children in public schools is held in July and August. Classes begin in September and end in April.
The preschool and kindergarten age program for 3 to 5 year olds is held on Sunday mornings during the school year during the 10 am Mass. This is a structured weekly program consisting of lessons about God using the Old Testament scripture stories, lessons on Jesus from the New Testament stories, and lessons on what it means to be a part of God's family, our friends, and our Church. Young children discover God's love through their world, themselves, their families, and friends. Each lesson includes a creative craft, a story page for class and home use, and a page for parental involvement.
The elementary and junior high school age classes for pupils in public school are as follows:
Grades 1 - 11 classes in English: Mondays, 6 pm to 7 pm
Grades K - 6 classes in Spanish: Thursday, 6 pm to 7 pm
Children who have been in Religious Education for at least one year and who have had good attendance, but who have not been able to receive reconciliation or first communion according to our normal schedule, are enrolled in a Special Sacrament class. This class will prepare them to receive first reconciliation and first Communion.
Our religious education program for 9th grade through the confirmation year (either 11th or 12th grade) is provided on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7 pm. These classes concentrate on religious instruction in a classroom setting. The program also provides occasional opportunities for special celebrations of the Eucharist and the sacrament of reconciliation. A yearly retreat is held on each grade level.
Special students, including the physically challenged, are instructed in religion and prepared for the reception of the sacraments by a citywide director. For more information and registration, call (262) 656-7362.