RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Religious education programs on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship can be as simple or elaborate as the DRE or catechist chooses. They can be incorporated over several weeks and months, or they can be the focus of one class period or part of one, depending on how much time is available. 

 

RE coordinates the Sacraments that children may receive throughout their school years using the guidelines from the diocese of Yakima. We support and prepare families and teachers as their children prepare for First Reconciliation ,First Communion, and Confirmation.

 

There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and most important moments of Christian life; they give birth, healing, and mission to the Christian’s life of faith.  (CCC1210)

 

First Reconciliation – This Sacrament is called Reconciliation because it imparts the love of God onto the reconciling sinner. He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: “Go; first be reconciled to your brother.” (CCC1442)

 

First Communion - Holy Communion commemorates Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples during Passover. Our Church teachings say that Jesus is present in the consecrated communion wine and bread, also known as The Eucharist, each time parishioners receive it. Eucharist means “thanksgiving.” The bread and wind become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus, according to Catholic doctrine. 

 

Confirmation - The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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, strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.  (CCC1285)

For more information, Please call the office during business hours: (509) 882-1657