Religious Education

St. Paul the Apostle Religious Education Program supports the efforts of parents in handing on the gift of our Catholic faith to their children. The program is designed to offer children and their parents opportunities to deepen not only their knowledge of our Catholic faith, but also to deepen their personal relationship with our God through prayer, communal worship, and service to others.

We want our children to come together to pray, to learn and to experience Christian values in a caring environment. In order to ensure a safe, orderly and respectful environment, families are asked to cooperate and support the policies and procedures, listed in the Family Handbook.

The most important thing to remember about any parish Religious Education Program is that it is meant to complement the faith education being offered to Catholic children by their parents. The parents are the first teachers of a child’s faith. At their child’s Baptism ceremony, parents commit to raise their children “in the practice of the faith.” This means bringing the children faithfully to Mass each and every weekend, teaching them how to pray at home, and setting a good example of Christian living.

 Religious Education School Year – September 14, 2015 – April 25, 2016

Registration and Book Pick-up
Registration for Religious Education Classes for 2015-16 will be held on:
Monday, August 24, 2015 – 9 am until 4 pm
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – 5 pm until 8 pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 – noon until 6 pm
Thursday, August 27, 2015 – 9 am until 4 pm
Saturday, August 29, 2015 – 3:30 until 6 pm
Sunday, August 30, 2015 – 7 until 11:30 am

Registration and book pick up is held at the Religious Education Office at the south end of the convent. Tuition payments can also be made at this time.  A minimum payment to cover the cost of books is requested at this time.


First Night of Class
The first night of class is September 14 at 5:45 pm. Lists will be posted in the foyer of the Parish Activity Center identifying the children’s classroom and teacher. You can take your child directly to the classroom(s). There will be an “Opening of the School Year” Mass from 6:15 until 7 pm in Church. Please plan on attending this Mass. Children will be dismissed from Church to their parents at the end of Mass.


Protecting God’s Children
There will be Protecting God’s Children workshop held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:15 until 9 pm in the Parish Center. Every  parent or interested adult is encouraged to attend one of these workshops. There is no charge and it is a requirement for any type of volunteer work in our program. Any parent who waits in the Activity Center during class time on a regular basis must take this workshop.


2015-2016 Tuition

This includes the first three children’s books.
$185 for one child
$275 for two children
$360 for three children for returning families registered by September 1st

A late fee of $20 will be assessed for all those RETURNING families not yet registered by September 1.

  • Extra fees:
    • Non-parishioner – $55
    • Confirmation fee – $40
    • Reconciliation/Eucharist – $35

Tuition covers the books, supplemental materials, supplies, postage, in-service for the teachers, helps toward electricity, heating, maintenance and so forth. Because there are extra expenses for students in the sacramental programs (Reconciliation/Eucharist, Confirmation) there is an extra fee involved. The income we receive from tuition DOES NOT cover the cost of the religious education program. The parish must subsidize the program; therefore it is also important that you regularly use your parish envelopes.

REP Office

This office is located in the convent building with an entrance closest to the Church – 120 Woodlawn. It is staffed by a full-time director, Sr. Karen Marie Lanigan, OSF, and a part-time secretary, Mrs. Denise Powers. Summer hours are irregular. Please call before stopping in (725-6927).

Sacramental Programs

First Communion Class

Two years of instruction are required prior to a child’s preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist. Transfer students must provide records from a previous program. Placement is at the discretion of the Director. The students in Grade 1 begin the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and complete the preparation in Grade 2 at which time the sacraments are received. 

Confirmation Class

Background preparation for this sacrament takes place in Grades 3 through 6. Children attending St. Paul’s REP for six years may enroll in the two-year Confirmation program in 7th grade. Transfer students must provide records showing their regular attendance in a previous religion program. Placement is at the discretion of the Director. The students in Grade 7 begin the preparation for Confirmation and complete the preparation in Grade 8 at which time the sacrament is received. 

Parent Meetings

Since parents are the primary educators of their children they are required to attend meetings to help in the understanding of the sacraments and how they can help their children prepare for the reception of the sacraments.


Parent Expectations

Parents are expected to: work with their children, not only modeling faith but also talking faith; see that their children participate at weekly Mass and help them to develop a sense of stewardship; see that their children attend class weekly; attend the Fall and Spring FLAG (Families Learning About God) session; follow procedures for notification of absence, tardiness and early dismissal; see that homework is completed and prayers mastered; review weekly lesson with children; read newsletters and other communications and respond when necessary; attend sacramental preparation meetings and other meetings that are required.


Student Expectations

Students are expected to: respect and obey teachers and helpers; do assigned work; bring their textbook to class; enter and exit in an orderly fashion; take assigned seats upon entering the classroom; respect the property of the school and the other students and be responsible for any damage to property.


Links of Interest

REP Registration Form for 2015-16

April 2016 REP Newsletter

St. Paul’s Rainbows Program 2016-17

Information & Registration Rainbows Form Fall 2016

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