At St. John, faith formation and sacramental preparation include parish and family, working together form the whole child in a safe and inclusive environment. We have two options for the Parish School of Religion:
In this option, students meet once a week. For first through sixth graders, parents have the option for their child to attend either Wednesday classes from 6:30 to 7:45pm or Sunday morning classes from 10:45 to 12pm. Seventh and eighth graders will meet on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30pm.
Fees before July 31: $70 per child, $210 family maximum. Beginning August 1: $80 per child, $240 family maximum.
Weekly Catechists & Assistant Catechists: As a "Thank You" for your time and talent, your children attend PSR free of charge.
Home Study PSR:
The parent goes through the coursework with their child at home during the school year. The parent and child also attend a few meetings and events throughout the year as part of the PSR requirement.
Fees are the same as above. Home study includes family time for reading, reflection and chapter assessments, as well as two parent-child gatherings with other Home Study families. The gatherings are on November 6, 2022, January 22, 2023 and March 5, 2023 and these are a required component of the Home Study Commitment.
Please note: You must be a registered parishioner to enroll your child in faith formation classes at St. John. (If you and your family would like to become members at St. John, please click here.) If you have any questions about which program would be best for your child, please contact Mary Montour in the Parish Office.
Grades 1-8 Dates Time Location
Sunday Mornings Sept 11, 2022- 10:45am-12:00pm Center
Grades 1-6 April 23, 2023
Wednesday Evenings Sept 7, 2022- 6:30pm-7:45pm Center
Grades 1-6 April 26, 2023
Sunday Evenings Sept 11, 2022- 5:00pm-6:30pm Favret Hall
Grades 7-8 April 23, 2023
Home Study Sept 13, 2022- Family determine At-home learning
Grades 1-8 April 28, 2023
Home Study Nov 6, 2022 1:00pm-2:00pm Favret Hall
Gatherings Jan 22, 2023
Mar 5, 2023
Textbook Series: Finding God
We will be using the series Finding God (copyright 2021) from Loyola Press for both our Classroom (Grades 1-6) and Home Study (Grades 1–8) formation. Individual meetings will be held for parents who are new to PSR, classroom or home study. For more information, click here.
Junior High PSR
Jr. High students (7th & 8th grade) will be using the textbook series Finding God (copyright 2021) from Loyola Press. This faith formation includes more hands-on activities, including service, and a discussion-based community. (7th & 8th grade students may also sign up for Home Study which also uses the Finding God (copyright 2021) Series.)
Home Study This option is available to families of children, grades 1 – 8, using the Finding God (copyright 2021) textbook series. The time frame for home study is the same as class room study: September – April. In addition there will be three Sunday afternoon gatherings throughout the year to give families an opportunity to reflect and dialogue with other home study families. The family gatherings are a requirement of the home study curriculum.
Generations of Faith
A great success over the years, Generations of Faith gatherings will occur twice next year (October 4 & 5, 2022, and February 7 & 8, 2023). All families in PSR, Grades 1 - 8 (classroom study & home study) are required to participate one night in the Fall and one night in the Spring.
Special Events for All PSR Families
October 4 or 5, 6 – 7:30pm | Generations of Faith
October 30, 6 – 7:30pm | Trunk N' Treat
December 10, 9:00 – 10:30am | Breakfast in Bethlehem
December TBD, 7:00pm | Parish Reconciliation Service
February 7 or 8, 6 – 7:30pm | Generations of Faith
March TBD, 7:00pm | Parish Reconciliation Service
April 2, 12:30pm – 2:00pm | Easter Egg Hunt
April 23 & 26 | End of Year Prayer Service, Time TBA
June 19–23 Vacation Bible School 2023
The success of our program depends on many volunteers, including catechists, co-catechists, assistant catechists, office assistants, and substitute catechists. Your help and time is needed and greatly appreciated. Please indicate any way in which you can help on the registration form. Books, supplies, and training are provided. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. Please direct any questions or concerns to me at 513-777-6433 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.