St. Raphael Class Information
Welcome to St. Raphael's Religious Education
Our relationship with Jesus is a lifelong journey.
The faith formation program is intended to help parents lead their children to Christ.
All Links are at the bottom of the page.
2020/2021 Classes Begin Sunday, September 20th, and Wednesday, September 23th (6th-11th gr).
Registration Cost: $25 per student, with a maximum of $75 per family for regular classes.
If your child is seeking Confirmation this year(usually in their junior year of high school) or receiving 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion, please include an extra $20 per child for additional materials.
Sunday School is offered to children 3 ½ years old to 5th grade. We meet on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 am and classes run from September 20, 2020 to April 18, 2021.
First Reconciliation and First Communion are offered to children in their 2nd grade year or older. Along with attending Sunday school, students and parents are also required to attend four extra sacramental preparation classes during the year.
Please see calendar for extra class dates. The First Reconciliation date is January 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The First Communion date is May 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM Mass.
The middle school religious education program is available to students in 6th through 8th grades. We meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm and classes run from September 23, 2020 to April 21, 2021.
The mission of the middle school program is to engage the youth in learning their Catholic faith while having fun! We start the evening off with a fun and energetic group game, then gather together to have a large group lesson. When the lesson is finished, the students break up into small groups to have a more in-depth discussion about the lesson.
During high school we have a more intense program of faith formation to prepare students for the reception of Confirmation in the spring of their junior year. We follow the model of Jesus who taught His disciples for three years before sending them out on their own.
Students enter our program in 9th grade as novices, seeking to learn about our faith on a more adult level. They continue in 10th grade as aspirants, aspiring to a greater maturity in faith and finish as confirmands, those ready to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ and His Church on earth. Students must participate in classes for the full three years. We accept students coming in from other parishes and will work with those who need to catch up. Students are expected to attend Mass weekly and regularly receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We also have a series of requirements designed to help your children grow not just in head knowledge, but in their relationship with Jesus and our extended Catholic family.
Each candidate must exhibit readiness and proper disposition in order to be recommended for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Primary indicators of this will be Mass participation, class participation, and an individual interview with our pastor or director of Faith Formation.
Confirmands preparation meets on Wednesdays, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Classes run from September 23, 2020 to April 21, 2021.
2021 Confirmation date is: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 5:00pm Mass
Please see the Confirmation Resource Packet, at bottom of page under LINKS, for details on the requirements.
For the safety of our children and in compliance with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, St. Raphael follows the diocesan safe environment policies. All adult catechists and chaperones are required to go through safe environment training and pass a background check. We also provide safety training for your children. Our new program was designed by the Diocese of Omaha and is faith-based.
If you wish to "opt-out" your child from the Safe Environment Program, please sign the back of the Acknowledgement Form (at bottom of page under LINKS) and return it to the Parish office.
Click here to read our diocesan mission statement on safe environment.
Click here to read about Circle of Grace at the Diocese of Omaha website.
2019/2020 St. Raphael Faith Formation Handbook All families are requested to read the handbook and sign the Acknowledgement Form (further down list.)
To pay online, click HERE.