The first catechists in any child’s life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home – both positive and negative – provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home or “domestic church” provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as understanding it.
Our goal is to create a program of lifelong faith formation that is centered in and flows out of the events of Church life. It embraces all ages and generation, promotes faith growth at home and promotes participation in Church life.
The Catechetical mission of the Diocese of Rockford is infused with the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed in Catholic faith and tradition. Through a variety of methods, students are encouraged to recognize and grow in their relationship with God within the Church. Catechetical programs and experiences offer students opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ within the Catholic community, provide them with instruction in Catholic doctrine, and challenge them to develop a Catholic lifestyle which serves God, Church, and world.
The Diocese of Rockford takes seriously the sacred duty of catechesis and the inalienable right of students to receive the whole of Catholic teachings from those who teach in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Rockford Diocese religion curriculum guide for grades PreK-8 is grounded in the basic truths of the Catholic faith presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). If your children have achieved perfect attendance, then they have spent approximately 40 hours of the year in a religious education classroom, learning as much as can be covered in that timeframe. During the remaining 8,720 hours in a year, the children turn to their parents to guide them in their faith formation. Families should be familiar with the diocesan guidelines and encouraged to support them at home.
To review the religion curriculum guidelines for the Diocese of Rockford, go to this link: http://www.ceorockford.org/ed/ReligiousEducationYouthMinistry/ReligionCurriculum.aspx
The Standards per grade level are underlined in purple.
- In red and blue is the Chastity and Safe Environment program. This is part of the curriculum, not an add-on.
- At the end of each grade level are the Prayers they are to know and recite at the end of the year. The prayers listed under Experience are those to which you will expose them from home, at Mass, and during everyday life.
Parents should be aware of their important role in catechesis through our parent handbook, parent meetings, and communication between the DRE, catechists, classroom and home. In addition, spending time each week reviewing the lesson covered in the classroom and preparing for the next lesson, is an invaluable way for you to discover how your child is growing in his/her faith awareness and sharing this journey with them!
For More Information Please Contact: Darlene Biggs at 630-365-9166.
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