Religious Education as a Part of a Child’s Life
Our program is sequential - each grade level prepares the student for the next. It begins with Pre-School and continues through Confirmation and the High School classes. Therefore, it is necessary for a child to attend formal classes every year, just as he/she does in secular education.
It is a Precept of our Church to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Celebrating the Eucharist each week with our parish community is central to the life of a Catholic family. Participating in the Mass is one of the major components of a person’s faith formation. It is at Mass that our children learn that Jesus gave us His Body and Blood at the Last Supper.
Please note - Religious Education classes never take the place of attending Mass.
Helping the young Catholic to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ within a parish community is the primary responsibility of the parents. Children should be taught to pray in their own words and learn the prayers of the Catholic Church, according to the requirements for the particular grade level and the ability of the child.
The purpose of Religious Education at the Church of Epiphany of the Lord is to assist parents in teaching their children about God, God's love for us and the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus, to help us love and serve God in our daily lives. The Office of Religious Education strives to give children, youth, and adults a firm foundation upon which to build a faith filled life. However, no religious education class can replace moral values taught in the home by prayer and example. It can reinforce only what is modeled by the family.
PRESCHOOL—5TH GRADE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education classes for Preschool (3 and 4 years old) through students in the 5th grade meet every Sunday during the school year. There are two class periods in which students can be enrolled: 9:00am—9:50am or 11:15am—12:15pm.
6TH GRADE—12TH GRADE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Religious Education classes meet on Wednesday evenings for students in grades 6 through 12, including the Confirmation preparation classes (grades 8, & 10), from 7:00 - 8:15pm
Class Texts and Materials
All texts and teaching materials used in our classes are in conformity to the guidelines of the United States Conferences of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. These texts have been reviewed by, and are on the Approved List of, the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Each Religion Education class is led by a Catechist (teacher), and helped by a Classroom Aide. Catechists and Classroom Aides are parishioner volunteers who have committed passing on the Catholic Faith in the classroom on a year-by-year basis. Catechists and Classroom Aides aged 18 years and above have undergone the Archdiocesan Safe Environment training, which includes an OSBI (Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation) criminal background check.Catechists are also required to take part in annual Certification Classes provided by the Director of Religious Education using materials approved by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.