Because they are the primary educators of their children the Church assigns to parents the fundamental place in their child’s education in the faith and this basic understanding is reflected in the Church’s documents on catechesis and family life:
“The right and duty of parents to give education is essential…. it is original and primary…. it is irreplaceable and inalienable, and incapable of being entirely delegated or usurped by others.” (John Paul II Familiaris Consortio).
This teaching of the Church corresponds to the promises a couple makes in the Rite of Marriage and also during the Baptism of their children: to accept children from God and to raise those children in the Catholic faith. At Baptism the parish community promises to assist parents in this role especially through liturgical celebrations and a programme of systematic catechesis. Families and parish complement one another; together they form a partnership in the responsibility for forming children in the four pillars of the Catholic faith: Creed, Sacraments, Christian life and Prayer. The teaching Church is the guarantor of the soundness of Catholic doctrine — the revealed truth that comes from Jesus Christ. Parents are obligated to fulfil their duties, as are priests and bishops as pastors, and all must cooperate in this single endeavour to educate in Christ’s name. Accordingly, the parish has put in place programmes of catechesis for children who attend non-Catholic schools.
The parish team wish to encourage the parents of these children to enrol them in these classes which support parents in their responsibility of educating in Christ’s name.
- Small group catechesis, weekly sessions approximately one hour, term time only.
- Children follow a course of study which is specifically designed for their age group, facilitates the complementary roles of parish and family and is soundly based on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Sessions are led by parish catechists who have attained the Echoes certificate
- Prayer forms an integral part of the programme.
At present the Classes for Children who are not at Catholic Schools take place in the Parish Centre on Tuesdays of term time from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm
N.B. From September 2007 children at non Catholic schools must have attended these classes for at least one year before enrolling on the First Communion Programme. During the preparation year of First Communion they must continue to participate in these classes.
If you would like to enrol your child or require further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office.