Religious Education

St. Jude's Catholic Church purpose of catechism is to make a person's faith  living, conscious, and active, through the light of instruction.

 

The Religious Education Program at St. Jude Catholic Church:

strives to make disciples of all people, to help them "believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate them in this life, thus building up the body of Christ." 

Children's Faith Formation Programs

Our Children's Faith Formation program is offered on Sunday from 11:15 am- 12:45 pm. Classes are taught in English at all levels: however, classes in Spanish for Pre-k, kinder, and 1st grade are available at the parents' request. Spanish classes are offered on Sunday from 9:15 am- 10:30 am.                      

Student textbooks are bilingual to encourage parents to participate in the faith formation of their children. Eligible third graders receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Preparations for these sacraments are through a required two-year program for second and third graders.                                

A sacramental class, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children (RCIC), is offered for third graders up who have not received their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Eucharist).                                                                                                                          

Parents or other adults may volunteer to help in many different areas of Religious Education program. Contact our Faith Formation office at 210-432-1582 to enroll your child/children in our programs or to volunteer your services. 

If you are interested in becoming Catholic we offer what is called RCIA: The formation of adults and process by which they are initiated into the Church,

  • Un-baptized: Persons 18 years or older who follow a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call.
  • Baptized in another Christian Church: Those catechized and un-catechized persons from a faith traditionother than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the Roman catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation Full reception into the Church by Profession of Faith).
  • Baptized but un-catechized Catholic Adults: Persons who were baptized as infants in the Catholic Church yet not given any religious upbringing within the Catholic Tradition. These adults will be prepared to clebrate the sacraments of Penance, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  • Lacking Confirmation: These adults have been baptized, received First Commumion (Eucharist), but have not been confirmed. These adults will be prepared to celebrate Confirmation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession, Penance and Holy Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are offered in the third grade: however, it is required that students attend first and second grades. This will provide the child a better knowledge of the basic elements of Catholicism and an understanding of our Lord's love and be able to accept His love in a positive way. Children who are beyond 3rd grade and wish to receive the sacrament will attend RCIC 1 instructions along with their regular classes.

Sacrament of Holy Eucharist

The sacrament of Holy Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are offered in the third grade: however, it is required that students attend first and second grades. This will provide the child a better knowledge of the basic elements of Catholicism and an understanding of our Lord's love and be able to accept His love in a positive way. Children who are beyond 3rd grade and wish to receive the sacrament will attend RCIC 1 instructions along with their regular classes. 

Sacrament of Confirmation

Offered to students who are in their Junior or Senior year of High School. It is a rwo year Sacramental Preparation Program with students attending at least 1 year of Life-Teen and 1 year of the final preparation for Confirmation. Students will be required to attend a weekend retreat as well as complete 20 hours of community service.

Requirements

  1. Students are required to attend Mass regularly
  2. Attend a retreat
  3. Students will need to complete 20 hours of service coordinated byt he Confirmation Catechist and Staff (all hours to be completed at St. Jude Catholic Church)
  • Confirmation Contract
  • Confirmation name and Saint report
  • Service hours 
  • Sponsor form
 

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