"The ministry of evangelization carried out by Christian parents is original and irreplaceable, and assumes the typical characteristics of family life itself, which must be intertwined with love, simplicity, practicality and daily witness." - Saint John Paul II
How does St. Michael help our families live out the baptismal call?
- We are a secularized society, which continues to squeeze Christianity to the margins, or completely out of commitment to Jesus Christ and the Church.
- We are losing baptized Catholics at an alarming rate. According to Pew Research, almost one in four Hispanic adults (24%) are now former Catholics and most of them are "Nones," a term used for people without religious affiliation.
- Many parents are saddened to report that their children leave the Church after preparing and celebrating the Sacraments of initiation, and after years of Catholic or parochial Catholic classes. The figures for Baptism, weddings in the Church and attendance at the weekly Mass are down. Those who self-identify as atheists or agnostics ("Nones") now represent 23% of the adult population of the United States.
The partnership between home and the parish is crucial not only for the formation of a child's faith, but also for parents. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2226) says; "Education in the faith by parents must begin in the first years of the child ... Family catechesis precedes, accompanies and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith.The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of the Christian Families, it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents ".
St. Michael's response to our families:
The responsibility of the Church is to help parents fulfill the promises made at the Baptism of their son to be the main educator for them on the ways of the Parish. St. Michael Formation supports our families:
Teach them the ways of faith by:
1. The regular participation by the family in the Sacred Liturgy, (Holy Mass).
2. Form them in the ways of faith within the scope of life: in the domestic Church (home and daily life) and through the formal annual formation of parish or parochial school.
During these challenging times you can use these resources to enrich your child Religious Formation at home:
St. Michael Religious Education (K-5th Grade)
Parish Formation Options
- Families of Faith (K-5th Grade): Meets two Sundays per month (Sept.-April) 10:15am-12:15pm. Families gather two times per month for an interactive and engaging catechesis session based on the month's topic. Parents leave the session with material and preparation to teach their children at home for the rest of the month.
- Traditional RE Sessions 1st-5th: Traditional classroom catechesis for ongoing formation of children going in 1st-5th. Wednesdays 5:00-6:15 pm or Sundays 9:30-10:45 am.
- Special Needs: Option for children that require special accommodations due to learning disabilities or other needs that require classroom accommodation or one to one teaching.
- Sacramental Preparation: If you think your child is ready for Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation/First Eucharist or is unbaptized or Baptized in another faith, please contact Angelica Santos to set up your Family Sacrament Preparation Welcome Discussion.
- The year for Elementary Religious Education generally follows the HEB ISD school calendar (late August-April) with registration during the summer months. You can print off a registration form here: 2020-2021 Registration Form or fill one out online by clicking the button below.
- Here is our Printable Calendar: 2020-2021 St. Michael RE Calendar or access it online by clicking the calendar button below.
For information or questions contact: Angelica Santos, Coordinator of Religious Education, at 817.510.2727 or Click Here to Email.