Catechism

Catechism ProgramOne of the prime duties of Christian parents is the religious education of their children.  Jesus did not expect the children to come to him on their own; rather, it was their parents who brought them to Jesus.  Below are details of the new catechism program at St. Emile Parish.  The program is in three sections depending on age.  Couples for Christ has volunteered to teach the children and to train St. Emile Parish’s volunteer catechists on the job.

Kids’ Camp

The Kids’ Camp is required by all children who enroll in the following classes:  Catechism 2018-2019, First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. (Click here for more details.)  However, children who were not able to attend Kids’ Camp first time around are still welcome to participate in the catechism programme and in preparation for the sacraments now.  A second Kids’ Camp will be offered in January for those who missed the October camp.

Sunday Catechism

The Finding God series will be used for children in three classes:  pre-kindergarten to grade 2, grades 3 and 4, and grades 5 and 6.  Classes will take place in the parish hall from 10 to 11 a.m. on the following Sundays:

  • Registration:  Saturday 30 September from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday 6 October from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Emile School Gym (Kids’ Camp)
  • 14, 21, and 28 October;
  • 4, 18, and 25 November;
  • 2, 9, and 16 December;
  • 6, 13, 20, and 27 January;
  • 3, 10, and 24 February;
  • 3, 10, and 17 March;
  • 7, 14, and 28 April;
  • 5, 12, and 26 May; and
  • 2, 9, and 16 June.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The Blessed series (from Dynamic Catholic) for students ages 8 and above will be used.  Classes will occur Wednesdays once a month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish centre and will include parents.

First Reconciliation Schedule:

  • Registration:  Saturday 30 September from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday 6 October from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Emile School Gym (Kids’ Camp)
  • Wednesday 24 October
  • Wednesday 21 November
  • Wednesday 19 December
  • First Reconciliation/Confession:  Saturday 19 January at 3 p.m.

First Holy Communion Schedule:

  • Registration:  Saturday 30 September from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday 6 October from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Emile School Gym (Kids’ Camp)
  • Wednesday 23 January
  • Wednesday 20 February
  • Wednesday 20 March
  • Wednesday 24 April
  • Wednesday 22 May
  • Wednesday 19 June
  • First Holy Communion:  Sunday 23 June at 11 a.m. Mass

Confirmation

The Decision Point series from Dynamic Catholic will be used for students aged 13 years and older.

  • Each student will be asked to pay a registration fee of $20 to cover the cost of the text book.
  • Candidates who completed the sacramental preparation course last year but were unable to celebrate the sacrament may join the celebration of the sacrament provided they participate in the Kids’ Camp on October 6th.

Classes will take place on Tuesdays once a month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the parish centre with parents.

Confirmation Schedule:

  • Registration:  Saturday 30 September from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Saturday 6 October from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the St. Emile School Gym (Kids’ Camp)
  • Tuesday 16 October
  • Tuesday 13 November
  • Tuesday 11 December
  • Tuesday 22 January
  • Tuesday 12 February
  • Tuesday 12 March
  • Tuesday 9 April
  • Confirmation date to be determined by Archbishop Legatt.  There will also be a rehearsal on the Tuesday before conformation.  Additionally, students will be asked to serve at Mother Teresa’s soup kitchen one Saturday morning as a social project.