Youth Religious Education (REP)

St Thérèse REP Mission Statement

To help your children to grow as Disciples of Jesus in our modern and expanding world, St Thérèse’s Religious Education Program is committed to guiding your children to follow in the lives of faith that has been modeled for us in our church’s history by encouraging…


Belonging within the church family by participating in the Mass and the sacraments of Reconciliation, The Eucharist and Confirmation.
Learning about the life and teachings of Jesus as well as the traditions of the Catholic Church.
Serving others, the church and the community through the lens of faith.  
Developing and strengthening a relationship with God through personal prayer.  Praying for our families, our community and our world.

At St Thérèse Parish, we aim to help your children’s faith to grow and flourish in our diverse and multicultural community through the religious education program.

The Christian formation of St Thérèse’s families that are rooted in our Catholic faith and traditions does not just happen.  It takes full and intentional effort including attending Mass together, participating in the life of our faith community, as well as personal prayer and serve.  You as parents are the primary models of faith for your children.

To achieve these goals, we recommend continuing to enrich yourself as a Catholic.  Please prayerfully consider becoming one of our catechists to share and teach your faith with the next generations!

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your family’s faith journey.

Responsibilities of Parents

We ask that you:
•Pray together as a family
•Attend Holy Mass regularly.
•Encourage regular and prompt attendance at REP. Make classes a priority for your child (Please note: Children in the First Communion and Confirmation classes are allowed only three absences.)
•Continue to enrich yourself as a Catholic.
•Volunteer your services: Our volunteer Catechists are believing adults who share their faith through teaching our children. Please prayerfully consider sharing your faith with our children.


Classes for all grade levels are Sundays from 10:30 am until 11:30 am. (Please see calendar for dates of classes)
Religious Education Classes are taught in English.



Sacrament Programs
First Reconciliation
Reconciliation, the sacrament of healing, is a sacramental celebration in which, through God’s mercy and forgiveness, the sinner is reconciled with God and also with the Church, Christ’s Body, which is wounded by sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422, 1442-5, 1468)
•Students must be baptized.
•There will be a special Reconciliation Service for the students in January.
First Eucharist
“At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.  The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life."  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1323, 1324)
Reception of the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time is an important event in a child’s life. Through His love for us, Jesus instituted the Eucharist as the memorial of his death and Resurrection and commanded his apostles to celebrate it until his return.
•Students must be baptized.
•Student must have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation
•Traditionally in our diocese, First Communion is celebrated in 2nd grade as long as the child has been in religious education classes since kindergarten or first grade or is enrolled in Xavier Catholic Schools. If a child has not been in any religious education class, then they must complete 2 years of Religious Education before receiving First Eucharist and have celebrated First Reconciliation.
•Regular attendance at Sunday Mass with family is expected for each child preparing to receive First Eucharist.
•Students must know their prayers. Sign of the Cross, Glory Be, Our Father, Hail Mary, Act of Contrition
First Communions will take place during 4 designated weekends ONLY. Families may choose what Mass they will attend during the designated weekends.
“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285)
All high school students who wish to be confirmed must complete 9th and 10 grade religious education (or attend Catholic High School) and complete 11th grade Confirmation Class before requesting the sacrament of Confirmation.  Preparation includes attending Confirmation class, 10 hours of service, attendance at the retreat, writing a letter of request to the bishop, and an interview with Father Ryan.
Confirmation is celebrated in the spring according to Bishop’s schedule.
Margaret Jensen
Coordinator of Religious Education
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