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Religious Education at St. Mark's
The parish religious education program exists to help parents as their child's "first and most important teachers," in the Christian education of their children.
Classes for all age groups meet weekly during the school year to teach the Catholic faith in a systematic way. All children who do not attend a Catholic school should be enrolled in religious education classes, even when not preparing for a Sacrament.
Sacramental preparation is offered at the appropriate time in the child's development. Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist is generally a two year process beginning in first grade. However, it is never too late to begin.
Jesus Christ is at the center of all of our catechesis, because it is through Him that we come into communion with the Triune God.
"Christocentricity" in cathechesis also means the intention to transmit not one's own teaching or that of some other master, but the teaching of Jesus Christ, the Truth that He communicates or, to put it more precisely, the Truth that He is.
At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, "the only Son from the Father...full of grace and truth," (John 1:14) who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever. It is Jesus who is "the way, and the truth, and the life, "(John 14:6) and Christian living consists in following Christ...
APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION CATECHESI TRADENDAE OF POPE JOHN II ON CATECHESIS IN OUR TIME