"Let the children come to me...for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Parents promise at their child’s baptism to raise that child in the practice of the faith, to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and our neighbor. Our St. Augustine Sunday School/CCD is here to help you fulfill that promise.
If your children are not able to attend a Catholic school, we invite you to enroll them in our Sunday School program. We have classes for children as young as 4 years of age to those in high school. Our group of dedicated teachers and catechists will help you raise your children in the Catholic faith and prepare them for the sacraments.
Teachers and assistants of the Sunday School/Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) are registered parishioners - parents and grandparents - who have a desire to grow deeper in their knowledge of the Catholic faith by teaching it to the young people of the parish.
Using religion books and other approved materials, we cover a wide-ranging curriculum to educate our children and teenagers in the Catholic faith. Using Our Sunday Visitors "Allelu" and "Alive in Christ" series, and following the Archdiocese's "Religion Curriculum Guide, Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization," we prepare children for the sacraments of First Communion, First Penance, and Confirmation. Our RCIA program for children also prepares children ages seven and above for receipt of the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil each year. Our post-Confirmation teens who do not attend Catholic high schools engage in on-going formation in the Catholic faith with an emphasis on applying these teachings to their everyday lives.
Students are tested both informally and formally, with quizzes and chapter tests, and are encouraged to help with community service throughout the year. Our 3rd-8th grade students take the annual diocesan-wide assessment to measure their progress. Our teens expand their faith through weekly spiritual discussion, annual retreats, and social activities.
The St. Augustine Sunday School program provides religious instruction to the children of the parish who do not attend Catholic schools and prepares them for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation. This is done primarily through weekly catechetical instruction, special activities, and the lived example of our teachers who model the faith. In this way we supplement the efforts of parents to fulfill the promises made at their children's baptism to lead their children closer to Christ by deepening their knowledge of the Catholic faith and their experience of a loving God.
Registered parishioners with a desire to both learn more about their faith and to teach it to others are welcome to join our Sunday School teaching community. We actively recruit new teachers and assistants each July and August, and also have a need for others to help throughout the year in the administration of the program. Teaching experience is helpful but not required. Both Sunday School teachers and assistants must successfully meet the Archdiocese Protecting our Children requirements by attending a training program on recognizing child abuse, being fingerprinted, and passing a background check. Teachers are encouraged to complete the Archdiocesan Catechist certification program.
Sunday School meets in the St. Augustine School each week during the school year immediately after the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. Classes end at 12:30 p.m.
We can use help with parent-led programs throughout the year in areas such as hospitality, community service, and administrative support.
Fr. Steve Carter