Religious Education Program

Welcome to the Religious Education Program at Church of the Resurrection, where our main goal is to teach children to love God and to love others.  We hope that enriched by their parents’ love and our Catechism, our students will grow to be faithful members of the Catholic Church.

  •  We offer classes for all grade levels from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, on Sundays from September through May.

  • We encourage our students to attend the successive levels of classes with continuity.

  • Our 2nd Grade classes prepare students to receive First Holy Communion.  The Sacrament will be given in May 2022 to baptized students of age 7 years or older.

  • The 8th Grade classes prepare students to receive Confirmation.  The Sacrament will be given in May 2022 to baptized students who have received Holy Communion and completed Religious Education classes through 7th Grade.

  • We will open registration on July 11, 2021.  At that time, we will post our Calendar of Activities.  ​

       Religious Education Calendar click here

  • Necessary forms will be made available here and at the Parish Office.

       Religious Education Registration Form click here

       First Communion Registration Form click here

        Confirmation Registration Form click here

  • Completed registration forms must be submitted to the Faith Formation Office or Parish Office before September 1, 2021. 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process used to bring people into the Roman Catholic Church.  The program is designed for those seeking baptism, as well as those wishing to receive one or more of the other sacraments associated with full initiation into the Church.  If you are already Catholic, but seeking renewal, inspiration, or education in the faith, then RCIA may be right for you as well.

 

To enable full participation in the Catholic Church, the following sacraments are offered:

 

  • Baptism – the sacrament that frees us from sin and makes us Children of God.  It is the basis of Christian life and the gateway to all the other sacraments.  

 

  • Reconciliation – the sacrament that grants forgiveness of sin and reconciles us with the community.

 

  • Eucharist – the sacrament where Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given.

 

  • Confirmation – the sacrament that completes our baptismal promise, binds us more perfectly to the Church, and enriches us with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

 

There are several distinct periods associated with RCIA:

 

·      Inquiry – an introduction to the Church; a time for seeking and questioning; an opportunity to begin developing faith.

 

·      Catechumenate – a period of study, nurturing, and growth in the faith; a process of conversion to Jesus Christ.

 

·      Purification & Enlightenment - a time of deep reflection and conversion that includes several liturgical celebrations.

 

·      Mystagogy – a time for new initiates to continue their journey while becoming fully integrated into the life of the Church.

 

In other words, RCIA is more than a process or a program, it is an invitation to fall in love with Jesus Christ.  Each person is accepted where they are in their faith journey and moved along at an appropriate pace.  Like the dawning of the sunrise, discernment unfolds one day at a time.  Come experience the love that Jesus Christ has for you.  

 

For more information, contact Deacon Mike Haas (408-616-9315 or mhaas@resparish.org).