School of Religion

for 1st through 8th graders

Program Overview


The St. Pius X School of Religion Program assists parents in providing quality catechism in our Catholic Faith for children in grades 1 through 8. Children are placed according to their appropriate age, faith and grade level. 


REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION
 

  • Certificate of Baptism. The child's baptismal certificate must be presented at the time of registration. If your child has not yet been baptized, please see the information under Baptism. 
     
  • Transcripts. Students transferring from other catechetical programs should bring a transcript from that program.

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CLASS DAYS & TIMES

Children attend classes once a week.
Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
4:30pm-5:45pm

We also have available First Communion / Reconciliation in Spanish and classes for Special Religious Education (SPRED) for children with developmental disabilities. 

For more information, you may contact the School of Religion at:

(619) 420-9193 ext. 104 and 105

 



 


SPECIAL NEEDS

Education for children with special needs is a priority at St. Pius X.
We offer classes for children with special needs to prepare for First Confession and First Holy Communion. The Catechist is bilingual and can assist students in English and Spanish. The class is designed to teach each child at his or her individual developmental level. 
Parent participation is not mandated, but it is highly preferred, as only the parents of these children know best how to communicate with their child on the lessons being taught by utilizing their own, "special home language." This enables the children to fully understand the beauty of what we are teaching in class and helps the class teacher to learn new ways of connecting with each individual child based on observations of how the parent relates to them in class. 

 


 

HOMEWORK & GRADES 

All students are to bring their books, folders, and any assigned homework to class each week. Please be sure your child completes the assignments. A passing grade will be based on class and homework assignments, attendance, and participation. 

ABSENCES 

If your child will be absent from class, please notify the School of Religion Office at 420-9193 ext 104. 
Your child is expected to make-up missed work at home. Five absences are the maximum allowed from September through May. Excessive absences may result in a child having to repeat the same grade next year. The Pastor will determine this course of action. 


OVERVIEW OF LEVELS 1-8

St. Pius X School of Religion program uses the religion textbook series Gospel Weeklies- Faith formation Program published by Pflaum Publishing Group is a comprehensive religion program for continuing students in grades 3 through 8. 

 

Proclaiming God's Word 
Grade 3:

Guides the children to more involvement in Sunday worships they see how the readings tie to their own lives. Realistic stories and Gospel narrations- plus fun to do - hands-on activities support formative learning. Colorful, versatile, and linked to Church doctrine, materials also include take-home extensions that link home and family to parish community. 
Exploring the Gospel
Grades 4-6:

Lead them to make moral choices and explore an expanding faith through Gospel dramatizations, current events, and original stories linked to the Gospel and kids' own lives. Saints' lives (illustrated as comics) and imaginative activities demonstrate applications of the Gospel message, and "THINK" questions reinforce doctrinal concepts. 
Demonstrating the Good News 
Grade 7-8:

Emphasize social justice, moral reasoning, and service to others through current-interest articles and life-dilemma stories. Discussion starters help young teens explore links between today's issues, the Sunday readings (including the Old Testament), and their own lives. Activities reinforce learning focused on the four pillars of the Catechism. 

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 
PREPARATION


Two consecutive years of religious instruction in our program are the minimum required to prepare a student to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. The requirements for a child to be recommended to receive the Sacrament of the First Holy Communion at St. Pius X Church are as follows:

  • Regular attendance and successful completion of school of religion classes
  • Regular Mass attendance (every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation)
  • Mandatory parent meetings
  • Readiness of the child, as determined by staff and parents, is of prime importance. 

For more information, visit the Sacraments page on Holy Communion.

DISCIPLINE 

In order to protect the rights of all children, it is important that parents and students understand the consequences of misbehavior. The long-range goal of achieving self-discipline gives direction and purpose to short-term consequences. We want parents to know that school rules are designed to protect all children and that students who choose to break rules are treated firmly, but kindly and appropriately. 
Students are expected to be accountable for their actions. Unruly behavior will not be accepted nor tolerated. All disruptive behavior is routinely handled on the spot.