YOUTH (Religious Ed.)
The religious education curriculum for the Diocese of Erie is organized first by grade level, and then within each grade level there are several sections which outline important parts of the whole. Each grade level identifies the overall goal that each grade hopes to achieve. This is significant and important. All of the objectives that are assembled in the various sections of the curriculum are organized to achieve this goal.
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To achieve the stated goal, objectives are arranged in four areas:
• Increase their understanding of the faith
• Form them into a community of believers
• Increase their participation in the worship
• Increase their participation in and awareness of service
These four important areas are typically referred to as Message, Community, Worship and Service. Also within each grade, the curriculum provides a summary. Each grade also identifies the “Outcomes and Evaluation” that students are expected to master for that year. These outcomes are identified in three ways:
• The curriculum identifies what information the student should know
• What attitudes the student should display
• What behaviors the student should exhibit because they have participated in this course of study.
The curriculum of the diocese is indexed to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Below is an overview of each grade along with the teachers of each grade. Click her for New and Returning Registration Forms or go to our forms page for a full list of any forms needed for Adult or Youth Faith Formation..
GRADE 1: Mary Svirbly and Mary Ellen Doutt
To help the children know, love and serve God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The children begin to learn the parts of the Mass and Prayers: Sign of the Cross; Hail Mary; Our Father; and the Glory Be.
GRADE 2: Christine Wiesen and Fran Hageman
Develop the children’s knowledge of the Sacraments with a special emphasis on Reconciliation. Participate in a retreat. Plan and participate their First Reconciliation.
GRADE 3: Judy Miller
To introduce the children to the fact that God has a Church to help transform the world. Participate in a retreat with parents. Plan and participate their First Eucharistic Celebration.
GRADE 4: Toni Vellone
Introduce the children to Catholic moral teaching and to foster moral living. Describe the Reign of God as the presence of God’s love, peace, and justice in the world.
GRADE 5: Elizabeth Gingras
Enable the children to become knowledgeable of and active participants in the sacramental life of the Church. Explain that there are many signs of God’s presence: people, places, events and things.
GRADE 6: Myrissa Donaldson
Describe the Bible as God’s revelation to them. The Bible is a collection of various kinds of literary forms through which God communicates.
GRADE 7: Kathy Kaszowski
Blend educational, spiritual, social and service experiences into full participation.
GRADE 8: Paula Dalessandro
Develop an understanding of that full participation in the life and mission of the faith community fosters personal growth.
GRADE 9: Jordan Hando and Nathan Hando
Develop an intimacy with Jesus Christ. Continue preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
GRADE 10: Jennifer Muir
What it means to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ. Continue preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
GRADE 11: Tony and Brigid Tebaldi
Prepare for Confirmation. Participate in the Confirmation Retreat. Participate in the Living Stations. Prepare and deliver Fruit Baskets. Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.