"Religious Education" Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2226)
We welcome you, along with your family, to our Religious Education Program (REP), of Our Lady of the Snows Parish. We believe it is very important to offer our children the necessary education to build a solid base nurtured in our Christian beliefs and our Catholic tradition.
Our catechists offer, on a volunteer basis, their time, talent and treasure to give each child the opportunity to better understand what it means to be a follower of Christ. They understand that what we are able to achieve in an hour and a half on Saturdays can only be complemented and reinforced at home. Children learn most about our faith from parents, grandparents and other members of the family. Therefore, for our catechist to be successful, they need your support.
We are very proud of our program and hope that through it our children will experience the great love God has for every one of us. Let’s pray that the education our children receive here may help them prepare for a life with a deep devotion to Christ and love to the Catholic Church, as they continue in this journey of faith.
As a parish, we are committed to fully participate in the religious education of your sons and daughters. Your love for our Christian faith, your knowledge of our Catholic Tradition, and your passion teaching our children are highly appreciated. We hope to see everyone at Mass every Sunday.
Sincerely in Christ,
Deacon Franco Foti
Director of Religious Education
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The RCIA is the process in which those adults who wish to become Catholic are fully initiated into the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. It is also the process for those baptized Catholics who have not had the opportunity to be fully initiated into the Church to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist. This process stresses the importance of not only having knowledge about the Church, but also the living experience of what it means to be Church. The RCIA is a faith journey that includes several steps, with the Sacraments of Initiation being celebrated on Holy Saturday night (Easter Vigil) with sponsors, family, and parish. The RCIA process is also offered to children of catechetical age who have not been baptized as infants or have not completed the sacraments of initiation so that they may also be welcomed into full membership in the Church. The process has appropriate adaptations geared to the age of the children.