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Divine Mercy Parish, Sacred Heart Religious Education – About the Program

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The Sacred Heart Religious Education program offers religious instruction to children pre-school, age 4, through eighth grade.

To foster the life-long growth of our children and families, as disciples of Jesus Christ, in the Catholic Tradition.

We have two options:

Weekly Sunday Sessions
Classes are held on Sunday mornings, 9 to 10:15 am for children enrolled in pre-school through eighth grade. They are located in Sacred Heart School.


Family Faith Connection
Family Faith Connection is our new family catechesis program. We use the Alive in Christ program from Our Sunday Visitor* for our elementary grades and our family program. To explore more about this engaging and development-appropriate program, visit their website. We use their supplemental family program for our monthly gatherings, and the students will have the same books as the students in Weekly Sunday Sessions.

  • Families meet together for 8 sessions throughout the year.
  • Meet on Sunday evenings from 5:15 – 6:45 pm
  • Parents become familiar with basics of unit content while children grades K-7 meet in age appropriate groups.
  • Confirmation candidates (Grade 8) are invited to participate as aides as part of their service to the parish, but must also attend weekly sacramental preparation sessions
  • 4 chapters per month are covered at home as a family. Because of the spiral curriculum, everyone in the family is able to participate in discussions.  Interactive online assessments completed for each chapter.

General Information:

Volunteers from the parish receive formation and support so that we may provide a regular program of instruction, enrichment and information. Two Catechists are assigned to each group of students. Aides assist as needed. All are trained and follow archdiocesan compliance guidelines for child protection.

Sacramental Programs
Sacramental programs are a special part of our regular Religious Education classes. Sacred Heart and archdiocesan policy requires students to have the equivalent of at least two consecutive years’ participation in a Religious Education program before celebrating a sacrament. Parent participation is an essential aspect of sacramental programs.

The Reconciliation and Eucharist program include:

  1. Parent information and formation meetings
  2. Classroom instruction
  3. Prayer
  4. Retreat prior to celebrating Eucharist
  5. Celebration of the first reception of the sacraments
    * The ordinary time for celebration is Second Grade. Please contact the office to make any special arrangements.

The Confirmation Program includes:

  1. Parent information and formation meetings
  2. Prayer services for students and parents
  3. Student service projects
  4. Classroom instruction with Chosen Confirmation Preparation Program
  5. A day of retreat
  6. Celebration of the sacrament
  7. A post-Confirmation retreat
    * The ordinary time for celebration is Eighth Grade, but the time can be extended to high school, if this choice is made. Please contact the office to make any special arrangements.


Music is an integral feature of the religious education program. Students regularly participate in music instruction to celebrate their fatih and love for Jesus. They will learn music to prepare for liturgies and celebrate their faith.

Curriculum and Materials

All materials used int he program are in compliance with the General Directory for Catechesis (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops). The curriculum provides complete and comprehensive presentations of doctrine, scripture, morality, prayer and sacraments, all taught in age appropriate and effective methodological ways. Supplementary materials e.g. worksheets, Bibles, videos, are used.

The Resource Reference Library carries excellent enrichment materials at each grade level. Parents, students, and catechists can benefit from the wide range of resources available in the Resource Reference Library, which is located in the Religious Education Resource Room in Room 207 of the school.