FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When is registration taking place, and what is the process?
Registration for religious education classes for the 2022-2023 catechetical year will take place during the month of August.
The dates and times that the office will be open for registration can be found on the "Registration" page. The packet with complete information on registration can be found in the "Registration Packet" page.
What days do you offer religious education classes?
Classes are offered on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm and Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Students attend one day per week. All of our classes have enrollment limits and will close when they reach full capacity.
What classes are offered on each specific day?
Please see the "Class Days and Information" page under the Registration tab for more information.
What needs to be brought in when registering my child for religious education classes?
The "Registration Form" and "Requirements and Commitment Statement" need to be filled out completely for each student and submitted to the Religious Education office, along with the payment. These forms can be found in the Registration Packet. If it is the first time registering in the program, a copy of the child's Baptism Certificate is to be included with the forms. All forms, documents, and certificates need to be submitted at the time of registration.
Who can submit the forms to register a child in the program?
One of the parents needs to be present in the office to submit the forms and to complete the process of registering their child in the program. Registrations will not be accepted or processed through third parties (i.e. grandparents, relatives, friends, etc.). If submitting the registration via email, the parent must submit all necessary forms and documents to the designated registration email.
How will I know which class day my child is registered for?
At the time of registration, the parent will be informed which class day their child will be registered for the catechetical year.
Can I change my child's class day after I complete the registration?
Per the policy in our Religious Education Handbook, "[o]nce classes for the catechetical year begin in September, NO changes will be allowed to a child's day." A change in class day may be made during the month of August, provided that there is availability. We do recommend that parents register their child(ren) as soon as possible, as classes on a given day do close once they reach full capacity.
When will the classes begin?
Classes will begin in September, after the Labor Day weekend. Parents will receive a Welcome Packet at registration, which will contain a calendar of important dates for the year. An online version of the calendar will also be available on our website. If a student is in the second year of preparation for a sacrament, the Welcome Packet will also include additional important information for the start of the year, such as the basic prayers as well as the Confirmation service requirement and sponsor information.
How will religious education classes be held starting in September?
Religious Education classes will be held in-person at the parish at the start of the Catechetical year in September. We will follow the Archdiocese of Miami with regards to the guidelines that will be in place. There will be no online/virtual option offered.
What is the tuition associated with religious education classes?
For one child, the tuition for religious education classes for the entire year is $125.00. A discount is given for payments made in full at registration in cash or check. The complete table with the breakdown of the costs for additional children and sacramental logistics can be found in the "Registration Packet."
How do I make the payment for the tuition?
Payment of the tuition and fees for this catechetical year will be made at the time of registration, and can be in cash, check, or credit card. Please see the Registration Packet for more information.
How long is the preparation for First Communion or Confirmation?
Per the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Miami, in order for a child to celebrate First Communion or Confirmation, at least two consecutive years of religious education is required. The preparation for First Communion begins in second (2nd) grade at the earliest, and the preparation for Confirmation begins in seventh (7th) grade at the earliest. However, the program also offers continuing faith formation classes.
What are continuing faith formation classes?
Continuing faith formation classes afford children the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the faith beyond the sacraments and to continue to grow in their relationship with Christ. Religious education is a continuous process that does not end with the reception of the sacraments. In the same way that children continue going to school as they progress through each grade level, they should also continue their religious education as they progress on their journey of faith. Children can begin attending continuing faith formation classes as early as first grade. After First Communion, parents are strongly encouraged to continue their children's faith formation in the religious education program and to remain involved in the parish through the various ministries offered.
What other opportunities do you offer for my child?
Children are given different opportunities to become involved in the life of the parish community by participating in one of our ministries, such as Altar Servers, Music Ministry, and Youth Group. There is no cost involved to participate in a ministry. More information on these and other ministries can be found under the "MINISTRIES" tab.
My child has not yet been baptized. What is the process?
Children seven (7) years of age and older who have not yet been baptized are considered catechumens. The situation of each catechumen will be evaluated on an individual basis when the parents come to register their child. In general, children need to attend religious education classes for at least two consecutive years (three years in some cases) prior to being baptized. If a child is under seven (7) years of age, the parents should contact the Parish Office for additional information.
How many absences can my child have?
In a sacramental preparation year, students are allowed up to five (5) absences for the year. There are no excused or unexcused absences. This guideline does not apply to students attending for continuing faith formation.
If my child needs to miss a class, can he/she make it up by attending a different day?
No. There are no make-up classes. Please keep in mind that there are only approximately 30 classes for the entire year, and students are asked to miss no more than 5 classes during the year.
If I have additional questions, how can I contact the office?
The best way to contact the religious education office is by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also come in to the office during any one of our registration days.