SEEKERS - RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Begins Sunday, Sept 22nd at 6:15pm
Holy Redeemer offers Religious Education to any and all children of the parish for free! Parents are given a variety of programs to choose from to help in their children’s faith formation. Classes take place on Sunday evenings in the Family Life Center located on the north end of the Holy Redeemer parking lot across from the Church for our SEEKERS & SEEKERS Home programs for kids 1st-8th Grade and in the Rectory basement, which is part of the main Church building, for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Pre-K & K.
Religious Education Forms are mailed to current students. Registration forms will also be available at the Welcome Desk in the Church or the Parish Office. Or simply click on the button at the bottom of this page to print and fill out a registration form.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1 or “CGS” is a Montessori style method of teaching the faith that is very hands on and intuitive for children in a prayerful environment called an Atrium. In over 50 years since Sofia Cavalletti (a colleague of Maria Montessori) developed the method, CGS has proven to be effective in giving children moments of learning that nurture a love for Jesus, for his Church, prayer and, in particular, a deeper appreciation for the Mass.
At the start of each teaching series (refer to the Religious Ed Calendar), CGS children and their parents gather with SEEKERS kids in the Family Life Center (Whole Family Gathering), which includes a meal and parent/grandparent/guardian discussion.
SEEKERS 1st -8th Grade
A small group based Children’s Ministry program with an emphasis on forming the children into genuine disciples of Jesus in an atmosphere of fun and faith-filled encounters. Adult small group leaders (catechists) facilitate groups of about 6-8 children in discussions relating to the weekly Sunday message series at Mass and what it means to live out our Catholic faith.
At the beginning of each teaching series (refer to the CGS/SEEKERS calendar), parents will attend Whole Family Gathering to discuss the upcoming topics in the context of a meal in the hopes of continuing faith conversations at home. The session will extend 30 minutes longer on these Sundays
SEEKERS HOME 1st -8th Grade
SEEKERS HOME is what was formerly referred to as Whole Family Catechesis. It is especially designed for families whose situations keep them from coming to a weekly class.
At the beginning of each teaching series, SEEKERS HOME families will join the weekly SEEKERS groups for prayer and a meal followed by discussion topics for the kids led by catechist/small group leaders. At the same time, parents will receive instruction regarding the topics for the next series. SEEKERSHOME Parents will be responsible for covering these topics with their children at home and expected to write their notes / comments about these discussions on each topic guide sheet and returned to the Religious Education office. Each of these guide sheets will count towards to the total number of class hours that the Lansing Diocese requires for religious Education.
NOTE: FOR CHILDREN PREPARING FOR 1ST COMMUNION
Students preparing for first communion will attend three additional Saturday sacramental prep meetings. Refer to the CGS/SEEKERS calendar for complete dates. More information will be given about this at the Parent Orientation on the first day of class.
NOTE: FOR 8th GRADERS SEEKING THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation prep/formation for the first part of the year will be through SEEKERS but your progress will be coordinated and overseen by a mentor assigned by the Director of Youth Ministry. More details will be discussed at the Whole Family Gathering that starts our CGS/SEEKER year.
We are discovering that weekly small group discussions with their peers is crucial in preparing a candidate for confirmation. As such we discourage aspiring confirmandi from signing up for SEEKERS HOME and consider the weekly format instead. Please contact us if this is a challenge for your situation. We will be happy to work out scheduling conflicts you may have may arise.
I want to sign my kids up!
Print and mail or drop off a registration form at the parish
Religious Education Survey
DRE, and Evangelization