Religious Education

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

St. John Neumann Vacation Bible School Registration!

                                                   

We are so excited to present this year’s SJN VBS Program: Come to the Table!

SJN VBS will be held the week of July 15-19 from 9am until noon each day at Most Blessed Sacrament School.

Your child will learn that everyone is welcome at God’s table. When you eat with Jesus, anything can happen! The five Bible stories for the week show Jesus eating with unexpected people, providing food for a crowd, demonstrating humility, and extending welcome and forgiveness. Your child will make new friends, sing fun songs, dig into Bible study, participate in art and science projects, play active games, and watch dramatic presentations of the Bible stories. Children are welcomed to taste and share at God’s table, where there is always enough!

Come to the Table invites children to see that God loves and welcomes all people and challenges them to share that same love and hospitality in their everyday lives.

SJN VBS Program Details~

We are looking for VBS participants in grades K-5. Volunteer helpers from 6th grade-high school are also welcome. Service hours can be earned!  We hope you will join us!

Drop off: 8:45 am at the front doors of MBS. One the first day, please come in and sign your child in at the welcome table.

Pick up: 12:00 noon at the back/side doors, just as we do for RE classes. Please make sure you sign your child out with the group leader before leaving.

VBS Payment fee: is $35 for the first child and $15 for each additional child and should be paid before July 15th.

If you are interested in registering your child(ren), please click here to complete the form, and return a paper copy to Karen Marx, Coordinator of Religious Education, at the church office.

If you have any questions, please email or call Karen Marx at: kmarx@stjnrcc.com or 410-208-2956. Please keep in mind, she does not work everyday, so allow a day for her to respond. 

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2024-25

Until the end of May, we are offering Early Bird Registration for 2024-25 Religious Education. You may access the Registration Form here. Please complete the form and return a copy of the form and appropraite fees to the St. John Neumann church office. Please label it to the attention of : Karen Marx, Coordinator of Religious Education. Thank you! 

 

 

First Reconciliation and First Communion

First Reconciliation will occur by appointment a few weeks prior to First Communion in June.

First Holy Communion will be on the Feast of Corpus Christi June 1 & 2.

 

 

CONFIRMATION

Congratulations to our candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop William E. Koenig on Tuesday, April 30, 2024:

Maximo Castellanos, Octavio Castellanos, Grace Clark, John Crossett, Emily Fink, Mia Genga, Elizabeth Hicks, Brice King, Cameron King, Kendyl Martineneza, Declan McAlister, Erin McIntosh, Elliot Mills, Lydia Navarro, Meera Pascucci, Cailyn Reed, Justin (Finn) Reed, Kaylee Schwartz, and Daniel Shanahan.

May the holy spirit continue to pour out upon each of you the strength you need to live good, happy, holy, and Chistian lives. May you have the spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord to lead you every day of your young lives!

 

 

FAQ 

Does my child have to attend Sacramental Preparation classes for First Communion if they attend MBS?

Yes, Sacramental Preparation classes are in addition to the regular participation in the weekly religious education classes or Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and are attended by both parent and child. Attendance at all classes as well as faith guidance at home is necessary for the proper formation of the students. Building a strong foundation of our Roman Catholic faith is the main goal of our collective efforts.

Does my child have to attend Sacramental Preparation classes for First Communion if they attend Religious Education classes?

Yes, Sacramental Preparation classes are in addition to the regular participation in the weekly religious education classes or Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and are attended by both parent and child. Attendance at all classes as well as faith guidance at home is necessary for the proper formation of the students. Building a strong foundation of our Roman Catholic faith is the main goal of our collective efforts.

Does my child have to attend Sacramental Preparation classes for Confirmation if they attend MBS?

Yes, Sacramental Preparation classes are in addition to the regular participation in the weekly religious education classes or Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and are attended by both parent and child. Attendance at all classes as well as faith guidance at home is necessary for the proper formation of the students. Building a strong foundation of our Roman Catholic faith is the main goal of our collective efforts.

 

Does my child have to attend Sacramental Preparation classes for Confirmation if they attend Religious Education classes?

Yes, Sacramental Preparation classes are in addition to the regular participation in the weekly religious education classes or Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and are attended by both parent and child. Attendance at all classes as well as faith guidance at home is necessary for the proper formation of the students. Building a strong foundation of our Roman Catholic faith is the main goal of our collective efforts.

 

Does my child have to attend Religious Education classes for one year before receiving First Communion or Confirmation?

Yes, children must be enrolled in a Religious Education Program prior to the reception of a sacrament.  This education must be continuous from Kindergarten.  If this is not the case then some additional religious instruction might be necessary prior to the reception of the Sacrament. Children in the 2nd grade celebrate First Reconciliation in the Fall and First Holy Communion in the Spring. Confirmation Sessions begin in the Fall of the 8th grade and this Sacrament is celebrated by the Bishop in the Spring of the 8th grade. Children must be registered for Confirmation Sessions.