RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – GRADES K-6
St. Anthony’s Religious Education Program promotes faith-sharing and provides positive learning experiences to students and their families in grades K-6. Classes for the students are conducted in the Church Hall immediately following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, from approximately 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, from mid-September to the first week in May.
The Religious Ed. Program consists of lay volunteers dedicated and committed to sharing their faith with the youth of our Parish. As mandated by the Diocese of Buffalo, teachers are required to obtain three levels of Catechetical Training. Teachers, Aides and all volunteers partaking in the children’s program on a regular basis are required to attend a “Protecting God’s Children” workshop. These training sessions and workshops may be hosted by St. Anthony’s, or by surrounding parishes.
The Religious Ed. Program provides separate Sacramental preparation for students in Grades 2 and 3, who have received the Sacrament of Baptism. Three separate classes are held on Saturday mornings, usually during February, for those students in Grade 2 who are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and three separate classes are held, usually in March, for those students in Grade 3 preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist. Arrangements and additional sessions are available to older children just entering St. Anthony’s Religious Ed, or Youth Ministry Programs, so they are prepared and can partake in these sacraments.
Our intent is to run a consistent and effective Religious Ed. Program. We promote and encourage parents, students and staff to share in the respon-sibility in making our program successful. The growth of our Christian Community is possible because of the dedication of all individuals involved in developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Catholic heritage.
For more information on St. Anthony’s Religious Ed. Program, or to volunteer your time, faith and knowledge please contact the Director.