ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE
The mission of St. Andrew’s Religious Education Program, which is rooted in and derived from the Roman Canon of the Mass, is simply to hand on the Catholic and Apostolic Faith. We acknowledge the one Teacher, Jesus Christ, and remain steadfastly united to the Catholic Church He founded on the rock of St. Peter. Therefore, we expect unwavering fidelity to the Successor of Peter from all catechists and assistant catechists who volunteer in this program.
The Religious Education Program at St. Andrew’s is designed to provide the catechists and assistant catechists with the tools necessary to communicate the faith clearly and accurately. This goal is met through Catechist Retreats, participation in the Marian Society of Teachers, and through Diocesan facilitated programs. Each class is assigned a catechist and assistant catechist (two assistants in grades K through 2, Sacramental Preparation, and Special Needs) to support each student’s needs. The Program is designed to keep class sizes at a reasonable level so that teachers are able to convey the Catholic faith to the students in a systematic and orderly manner.
At St. Andrew’s Parish, each child is seen as created in the image and likeness of God and as a reflection of His goodness. Realizing that God has created all things for His glory and our benefit, the challenge of being a living witness to the Gospel is central to the development of each student. Therefore, at St. Andrew’s, an understanding of Jesus and His message is essential to knowing Him, loving Him, and serving Him always.
The core elements listed below form the foundation and strength of St. Andrew’s Religious Education Program. With these elements we seek to cultivate the hearts, minds, and souls of our students to their fullest potential.
- The Parents are recognized and respected as the primary educators of their children
- The dignity of the individual, as a unique child of God, is nurtured and developed
- The doctrine of the Catholic faith is presented in its fullness and entirety as both knowledge to be learned and a life to be lived
- The sacramental life is central to developing and sustaining the Catholic Faith
- The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Real Presence of our Lord in the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our Faith
- The promotion of frequent reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist
- The Gospel values which teach moral life as expressed in the Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are professed, cultivated and practiced
- The Word of God is revered
- Our Blessed Lady’s example, as the first disciple of Jesus, is our model
- The virtues are fostered and practiced in everyday life
- Reading and studying the lives of the saints as an example for our lives
- The importance of prayer is stressed as a source for growth in the spiritual life. Holy Hours, Rosaries, Novenas, personal prayers, and Mass attendance are stressed and encouraged