Parents have the unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators or cathechists. They teach by their witness of the faith, through their values and attitudes by their Christian example of love for Christ and his church.
It is our mission to make the truth of the Gospel shine forth to lead all people to seek and receive Christ's love which surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:19)
Many families have made the choice to teach their children religion in their homes do so because they have discerned it as a calling from God, because they really enjoy that time spent together with with child or because of time constraints. Catholic home education displays a richness of diversity of styles, methods and philosphies.
The home school families meet the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the church hall. At which time they turn four assignments for each month, they do one presentation of their choice throughout the year, they are incharge of the Divine Mercy Sunday mass, fullfill their sacraments and prayer testing and volunteer in the community and in the church.
The parents that take on this awesome responsibility of sharing their faith really enjoy the time they spend together with their child/children learning all about the Sacred Scripture and the living Tradition in the Church. In their love for their children, their generosity, and their willingness to make great sacrifices for the sake of education, they offer an outstanding and exemplary witness in our parish communities. (Faith Education in the Home)
Catechesis is "the name.... given to the totality of the Church's efforts to make disciples, to help men believe that Jesus is the Son of God so that believing they might have life in his name, and to educate and instruct them in his life, thus building up the body of Christ. (Catechism of the Catholic Church).
We have several resources available in our library and also at the Learning Media Center at St. Paul Seminary. These parents are welcome to books, audio and video tapes, computers with Internet access, and other materials useful for the teaching of the faith. All materials that parents choose for home catechesis should be sound in Catholic doctrine and in conformity with the published standards and teachings of the church.
Parents who wish to homeschool their children in religious education under the direction of the church (thus the name Directed Studies)should call the rectory.