Supports parents who are the first and foremost teachers of the Faith and offers classes designed to complement and foster the faith formation that begins at home.
Provides developmentally appropriate religious formation and education for school-age children, grades K- 8.
Recognizes that all children should attend Faith Formation classes as well as weekly Masses with their family.
Catechist’s help children grow in their relationship with Jesus and their knowledge and understanding of Scripture, Prayer, Liturgy and Church teachings.
Offers sacramental preparation classes for the children receiving sacraments at our parish.
Preparation classes for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation begin in grade six and preparation classes for the reception of the Sacrament of First Holy Communion begin in grade one.
Faith Formation (K-8)
In order to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion in 2nd grade, children must receive two full years of Catholic education in 1st and 2nd grade (either at a Catholic school or through parish religious education)
To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 8th grade, children must receive two full years of Catholic education. At Christ the King, our 6th graders start Confirmation prep in their second semester through the first semester of 8th grade when they will be Confirmed on the Feast of Christ the King.
Please note, the Archdiocese of Omaha Sacramental Preparation Guidelines require two years of Catholic Faith Formation classes prior to the reception of a sacrament.
Religious Education Roles
It takes many people, working together in many ways, for the parish religious education program to work well. Your volunteer commitment might be long term or one time, but everyone’s participation is valuable. Here are brief descriptions of volunteer roles you might consider:
CATECHISTS… Are responsible for planning, teaching and managing a class of children for a weekly period of one hour and fifteen minutes. Use several kinds of teaching media and methods, including SmartBoard (files, internet, DVD, board work), verbal presentation/discussion, text, activities, student-student interaction, etc. Requires Safe Environment training.
ASSISTANTS…Help the Catechists in all teaching activities, at all class sessions. Help to manage children in various class activities. Might substitute for the catechist. Requires Safe Environment training.
SUBSTITUTES… Take the role of a Catechist or Assistant for one or a few class sessions. Contact the catechist to discuss the events of the class substituted for. Requires Safe Environment training.
OFFICE AID… Assist by managing the office during a particular class session. Answer the telephone and take messages. May assist catechists in making copies, obtaining supplies, etc. Requires Safe Environment training.
DISMISSAL HELPER...Rotate on a schedule every 3 - 4 weeks, from 7:40 - 7:55 PM. Assist catechists in getting students into cars to facilitate a smooth safe exit from our program.
The goal of all catechesis is connecting faith to life and life to faith. Ongoing, lifelong religious formation is the collaborative effort of the domestic church (the family), the local church (the parish) and the whole church. Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children.