Religious Education

Classes Begin on September 25th, 2016

Religious Education of elementary-age children is centered on the Family Catechesis Model.  Family involvement is a major if not crucial focus of the program. Our parish is committed to providing the highest quality religious education for our children. We believe in the teamwork of teachers, students, and parents, at home and in the classroom. We ask that all parents assist with the program.

The Sacramental life of our children is important. Preparation for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation take place in the 3rd grade.   A belief in and understanding of the communal nature of the sacramental life of the parish are woven into the fabric of our program. In light of this, the importance of service to the community is emphasized as the students participate in various community projects throughout the year. Attendance is critical. Parental follow-up at home is essential to the success of the program.

Confirmation prepreation is a two-year process beginning in the 8th grade year for students who do not attend Catholic school.  For those who do, prepration begins in their 8th grade year.  Attendance is critical. Parental follow-up at home is essential to the success of the program. Students will be encouraged to pray, form community with their classmates, and engage in community service within and outside the parish community.   

For more information regarding religious education programs for children and youth, contact Sr Teresa Aparicio, OLVM.  

You may call Sr. Teresa at Casa de las Comunidades at 505-265-2371 for further information or email her at


During the 9:00 AM  Mass on Sunday, children are invited to participate in hearing the readings and the Gospel in a more age-appropriate way. The children are blessed and dismissed at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word and rejoin their parents and the congregation at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. 

Religious Education Registration will begin Sunday, August 7th, 2016 after the 9 am, 10:45 am and 12:30 pm mass in the vestibule of the Church. 

*** Religious Education Classes will begin on Sunday, September 25th, 2016.  All classes will be held at St. Mary's School classrooms.

Religious Education for Pre-K to 7th Grade begins with the 9:00 am mass and classes end at 11:15 am at St. Mary's School classrooms.  Parents are encouraged to attend mass with their children.

Confirmation Classes for 8th grade thru 11th grade will start at 3:45 pm  at St. Mary's School and will finish after the 5:00 pm Sunday mass.

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