The Religious Education/Family Catechesis Program (K-8) at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church aims to call, accompany, and assist all to walk the way of Jesus Christ in the home, parish community, and society at large. As such, the catechesis (teaching of the faith) that is offered at OLGC includes not just children in Kindergarten through 8th grade, but also families through whole assembly catechesis.
With a diocesan-approved curriculum, K-8 students are taught the tenets of Catholicism, as well as Scripture, and how to practice the Gospel message in their everyday lives. Weekly classes are held Monday evenings from 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Once per month, in lieu of the classroom lesson, families attend a whole assembly catechesis program that includes:
- Catholic doctrine
- Scriptural teachings
- Hands-on activities that foster faith formation in intergenerational, small group settings
- Acts of service
- Spiritual Music
- Guidance on fostering the Catholic faith in the home
Parents are the primary teachers of the Catholic faith and the family home is itself a “little church”. Our program strives to support families in that regard while building community within the family, the parish and beyond the parish doors.
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will take place in the summer of 2019. Registration during June through mid-August is optimal to ensure that materials are in place for your child. The 2019-2020 school year is September 9, 2019 through May 18, 2020.
All children from Kindergarten through 8th Grade who are not attending a Catholic School should be attending family catechetical classes on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm until 7:45 PM. This includes seven (7) Family Assemblies from 6:30 – 7:45 PM on the first Monday of the month.
Fees per child:
- Weekly Formation Tuition and Materials Fee = $55.00
- First Communion = $40.00
- Confirmation = $65.00
Diocese of Saint Augustine policy:
Sacraments are to be conferred in the family’s “home parish”: the parish in which you are officially registered and participate with your Stewardship of Time, Talent, Treasure.
The following must precede the reception of a Sacrament:
Youth who have actively attended two (2) consecutive years of a formal religious faith formation catechetical program and who regularly attend weekend Mass and live their faith are invited to participate in Sacramental Preparation classes for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. These classes will be held at OLGC on published Sunday afternoon dates. If your child was not in a Catholic Religious Education program last year, then your child must attend two consecutive years before he/she is eligible to receive Sacraments.
Volunteers, Teachers and Assistant Teachers are always needed.
Classes are Monday 6:30 – 7:45 pm; 27 sessions
This includes seven (7) Family Sessions 6:00 – 7:45 PM.
See calendar for details and holidays
All meetings and classes are held at the church.
Director of Faith Formation: Don Pepino
Phone: 904-824-8688 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Education Administrator: Amy Kirk
Phone: 904-824-8688 E-mail: email@example.com
Protecting God’s Children – Requirement for Volunteers:
All volunteers over the age of 18 working with minor children or vulnerable adults must be fingerprinted and background check through the Diocese (this is done on a national level and is to be renewed every 5 years). Please contact Church Office for registration instructions. These volunteers must also attend a class called “Protecting God’s Children“. Classes can be found online at www.virtus.org. A diocesan volunteer application with 3 references must be submitted to OLGC Church Office. Please call the Church Office if you have any questions. No persons ministering with minor children or vulnerable adults may do so unless they have fully completed all requirements.
Access the VIRTUS website here