Family worship at mass is the most important part of our
curriculum. As the primary and principal educators of your
children, it is important that you are faithful to Church. Worship
with your children at a weekend Liturgy. Let them see young and
old alike at Mass in community prayer and celebration.
Remember, they cannot bring themselves, so you, who are their
greatest influence, must show them the way. Come and celebrate
with your child’s class at the special class Masses and other
celebrations. Your child and his/her catechist will appreciate your
presence and interest.
FAITH FIRST LEGACY EDITION TEXTBOOKS
RCL Publishers for Grades 1 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6
These textbooks are built on the spiral method of learning
that has proven to be the most effective approach to Religious
Education and Faith Formation. The Spiral Learning Method - the
timeless truths of our Catholic faith are taught every year on
every grade level.
Doctrine – Our Beliefs: develop a deep understanding of
the faith in children as they grow and mature by teaching the four
pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (profession of
faith – The Creed; the sacraments of faith; the life of faith – The
Commandments; and prayer of the believer – The Lord’s Prayer)
Scripture – Our Stories: help children break open and
apply Scriptures to their lives with special chapters dedicated
entirely to the in-depth study of the Bible.
Liturgical Year – Our Celebrations: connect lessons
with the liturgical life of the parish community every Sunday with
material for all the weeks of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and
Each child in the program will receive their own textbook.
The catechists will have a Catechist’s Manual to guide them
through lessons and activities. Also available for the children, their
parents and catechists is an online resource – FaithFirst.com.
SACRAMENT PREPARATION BOOKS
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
These two textbooks are effective sacramental catechesis tools that
*Rooted in a solid sacramental theology that includes
ritual, prayer, Scripture, doctrine and reflection that
leads to service.
*Centered in community, which “lives, celebrates and
bears witness to faith”.
TEXTBOOKS & MATERIALS FOR GRADES 7 and 8
Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation
Textbook: Our Catholic Faith by Sadlier. This textbook
reviews the main ideas and beliefs of our Catholic faith. This
book is an aid to help them prepare for the Confirmation Exam
administered in Grade 7.
Prayer Book: We Believe & Pray by Sadlier.
Notebook by St. Mary’s Religious Education Office to help your
child be prepared to take the Confirmation Exam administered in
GRADE 8 – Confirmed in the Spirit by Loyola Press.
Textbook - Through a variety of learning experiences such prayer
and liturgy, the Confirmation candidate will learn about the truths
and the beauty of their faith as well as the richness of our Catholic
Journal – provides the Confirmation candidate with substantial
opportunities for reflection. There is also a section to insert
photos, certificates and other memorable experiences of
FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION
As mandated by our Bishop, our program includes
Family Life Education. Our text is published by Benzinger
Co. depending on the grade level of the student. There will
be no exemptions from the Family Life Program. This
program specifically addresses four needs of today’s
developing young Catholics:
1. Young people need skills and knowledge for family
living, both now and for the future when they, too,
may become mature Catholic parents.
2. Young people need to understand their own physical,
emotional and spiritual development, as well as the
development of people around them.
3. Young people need to cultivate a deep respect for all
life, especially human life
4. Young people need to develop a Catholic Christian
understanding of and reverence for sexuality.
5. Young people need to relate with others outside the
family, and thereby take their responsible place in