About Our Program
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is designed to provide our younger parishioners (ages 3 and up) with a meaningful experience of liturgy. Twice each month we offer a special Children’s Liturgy during Sunday 9 am Mass. During Mass, children are invited to go to the school library with Director of Religious Education, Lisa Veto, and Children’s Liturgy aides, to hear an age-appropriate lesson on the readings of the day. The children’s lesson lasts approximately 20 minutes, after which the children return to the church to join their families at Mass.
Through this program, young children learn about our Catholic faith at a level that they understand and enjoy. They will sing songs, say prayers, listen and discuss the weekly readings and participate in enriching learning activities.
Parents are always welcome to join their children for Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and to help with this wonderful ministry. If you are interested in assisting with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, contact Lisa Veto, Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Education Classes
Our classes take place on Sundays to accommodate our children and parents!
Our Religious Education program aims to support parents in their role as primary educators in the faith of their children. Our program is a continuous process from Kindergarten through 8th grade, including preparation for sacraments.
Our catechists are members of Saint Hilary Parish who have volunteered their time to work with your children. If you are interested in sharing your love of the Catholic faith and you enjoy working with young people, please consider being a Catechist or an Aide for one of our classrooms!
If you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer in our program, please contact Lisa Veto, Director of Religious Education, at email@example.com. We are very much looking forward to helping our parish youngsters grow in faith to fully experience the joy of being Catholic!
Our classes are as follows:
Kindergarten through 4th grade: Students meet on Sunday mornings immediately following the 9 am Mass, from 10-10:45 am. If your family attends the 9 am Mass, children process out of the church with Father at the end of Mass and go directly to their classrooms. If your family attends the 11 am Mass, you may bring your child to his/her classroom in the school building at 10 am. Please join fellow parents and parishioners in Tarantino Hall for coffee and doughnuts while your children are in their classes. Please pick your children up in their classrooms promptly at 10:45 am.
5th through 8th grade: Students meet on Sunday evenings following the 5 pm Mass. Please pick your children up in the classrooms promptly at 7:00 pm
2013-2014 Religious Education Calendar and Enrollment Packet
Religious Education Materials
The materials we use are published by Pflaum Publishing Corp. and include weekly take-home Gospel lessons for each grade level as well as an age-appropriate handbook to help children learn the basics of the Catholic faith. The Pflaum Learning Ladder shows an outline of the concepts which are taught for each age-group.
Faith Resources for Parents
It is valuable for your child to hear reinforcing messages not only from their Catechists in Relgious Education, but also from you at home. The more your son or daughter hears consistent messages and themes about the Catholic faith, the stronger their faith will become. I am hopeful that you will find these resources helpful as we work together to strengthen your child's faith development.
Partners in Faith is a monthly resource designed especially for parents like you who are raising faithful Catholic children. This publication is short in length (only 2 pages!), but rich in lessons which will be meaningful for children.
Growing in Faith is designed to help readers learn more about the Catholic faith, put that faith into practice and share it with others.
- faithfirst.com - provides excellent resources to inspire creative teaching ideas, including Gospel reflections, family prayers, an on-line tour of a church for families and much more.
- catholicmom.com - includes resources for children of all ages, including many free reproducable coloring pages, printable booklets and more.
- pflaum.com - publishes many resources for children including online reproducible activities, season family pages and weekly Gospel lessons.
- loyolapress.com - includes resources to support children's faith formation including prayer, Catholic life and resources for families.