Over 100 children from 34 families take part in the St. John XXIII Parish Catechism program each Sunday from September to May. We have a full and accredited series of religious instructions for children in grades K through 12. All of our teachers are knowledgeable and devout Catholics who have fulfilled the requirements for “Protecting God’s Children,” as well as other diocesan requirements. Classes are held at the St. Ambrose School building on Haslage Ave., on Sundays at 9:15 AM.
Donuts and drinks (milk, juice, coffee, and tea) are available in the cafeteria each week before classes begin.
New this Fall for Parents: Doctrine and Donuts
While the children are in class, Father Dolan is presenting a biweekly series of talks for parents in the St. Ambrose cafeteria, entitled “Doctrine and Donuts”. A different topic will be covered each session; the first was on immigration. Future topics will include the sacrament of marriage; pastoral practice flowing from doctrine; the hierarchy of life and issues of health care, stem cell research, human cloning and doctor assisted suicide; objective moral truths – intrinsic evil; conscience and situation ethics; sin and the theology of omission. The next session is scheduled for October 1; the third will be held on October 29th, and then biweekly.
Regulations and Registration
Parents of students new to our program must submit a copy of their children’s Baptismal Certificates with their registration. Only families who are registered parishioners of St. John XXIII Parish are permitted to register their children for these classes. Children of registered parishioners receiving the sacraments of First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation are to be in our program for two years.
Schedule for 2017–2018
Classes will begin on Sunday, September 10, 2017, and will end on May 13, 2018. Registration takes place on the first day of classes.
Here is a printable schedule of classes (PDF format): Catechism Calendar 2017-18.