Holy Redeemer Parish School of Religion (grades 1-8) acts as a support for the students and families of the parish as they live out their Baptismal call and give witness to the Good News in word and deed. It is the desire of the program to incorporate the students and their families into the faith life of the parish community.
What is the Parish School of Religion?
Parish School of Religion, more commonly referred to as PSR, is a religious formation program for our parish children who are enrolled in public school. We offer 1st through 8th grade level religious studies.
PSR convenes on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:45pm (August – May). As we meet only once a week, attendance is crucial, especially for Sacramental Prep. Please make Monday evenings a priority for PSR!
Grade 1: Sacramental Formation for First Holy Communion and Reconciliation
This is a required PSR year for all of our parish children. They will begin to memorize and comprehend basic Catholic teaching and prayers. These will be the building blocks for the two sacraments they will receive in second grade. Children must attend the 1st grade program to be adequately prepared to understand and receive these Sacraments.
Grade 2: First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
This year moves quickly as your child prepares to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Since birth, you as parents have been and continue to be the primary educators of your children in the ways of faith. Please make every effort to bring your child to Mass each week and work with them at home. Your child will learn much this year. Be sure to ask them to share with you what they’ve learned!
Grades 3-6: Pre-Confirmation Preparation
These are important years in your child’s faith development. Students will continue to be nourished by their faith as they move each year toward a more thoughtful and mature spirituality. They will learn important life lessons in morality & develop a healthy and whole conscious based in virtue as well as Scripture and Catholic tradition. These years are not optional as God is constant and our rewards are eternal!
Grade 7: Sacramental Formation for Confirmation
This is a required PSR year for all of our parish children. Students must attend the 7th grade program to be adequately prepared to understand and receive Confirmation.
Grade 8: Sacrament of Confirmation
This is the year our young men and women will open themselves to the Holy Spirit and commit themselves to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They will share their time, talent and treasure in service to the community in response to the Gospel call. They will assume a “discipleship” position in our faith community and contemplate God’s plan for their future in our Church. This is not the end of their spiritual journey! It is the final Sacrament in the Sacraments of Initiation. They will be fully initiated in the Church to take their role within it!
Grades 1-7 use RCL Benziger text Blest Are We: Faith and Word Edition. This is a spiral series–each year is a continuum of the previous year– that has been approved by the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In the students’ 8th grade year they walk through the CHOSEN Confirmation Program by Ascension Press.
The children receive First Reconciliation in the fall of second grade, First Eucharist in the spring of second grade and in eighth grade the students are Confirmed in the faith.
Kathleen Govero, Coordinator of Religious Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Claire Gilkerson, 1st Grade Catechist: email@example.com
Dr. Brianne Newman, 1st Grade Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jason Hodge, 2nd Grade Catechist: email@example.com
Mr. Chris Rizzo, 3rd Grade Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Valerie Murray, 4th Grade Catechist: email@example.com
Mrs. Kathy Silverman, 5th Grade Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kate Evola, 6th Grade Catechist: email@example.com
Mrs. Cheri James, 7th Grade Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Tim Hurley, 8th Grade Catechist: email@example.com
Mrs. Elizabeth Klaber, 8th Grade Catechist: firstname.lastname@example.org