Religious Education

Our Mission is to assist families in understanding both what we believe as Catholics and how to live out those beliefs.

 

The Church proclaims the gospel and celebrates the Sacraments to glorify God’s name and to draw his flock to conversion and discipleship.

 

The first purpose of our Religious Education Program is that we are here to assist parents, the primary educators of children, in fostering a child’s spiritual growth.

 

Faith formation is an ongoing development of the whole person into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. To use the image of St. Paul, “we put on Christ” so that Christ is the center of our lives. All Catholics are on the journey of faith formation.

 

We begin this life-long journey in the waters of Baptism and hope to continue it in eternal life with Jesus in heaven.

 

Our Religious Education Program strives to provide a solid foundation in the Catholic faith. Students are encouraged to begin formal religion classes in the first grade – though we do offer Pre-K and Kindergarten.

 

Students enrolled in Catholic School do not need to attend RE though they are welcomed. For those students not enrolled in Catholic Schools our Religious Education program meets once a week on Sundays as outlined in our calendar.

 

Faith formation does not end with Confirmation. All Catholics are invited to grow in our faith. For this purpose, the parish offers Days of Recollection, Missions, Scripture Sharing, Adult Bible Studies, and Prayer Groups. Please consult the Bulletin for more information.

 

The second purpose of our Religious Education Program is sacramental preparation.

 

BAPTISM: Children who are eight years of age and older must attend RE for one year before celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Students must attend RE classes for two years in order to receive First Holy Communion. Older children will be placed in an age-appropriate class; but still must attend two years before First Holy Communion.

 

FIRST RECONCILIATION (Confession): Students are instructed in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before First Holy Communion and celebrate the Sacrament before First Holy Communion.

 

CONFIRMATION: According to Archdiocese of Atlanta norms, students must be in the tenth grade or older to be considered for the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, they must attend a minimum of 2 full years of RE preparation prior (9th and 10th grade) and be knowledgeable in the following areas: The Sacraments, The Commandments, Major Bible Stories and Themes, and The Liturgy. Adults (18 years of age & older) who have not received sacraments are invited to speak with the Pastor about sacramental preparation for Adults which meets on Wednesday evenings following the 6:30 p.m. Holy Mass.

 

Inclement Weather Information

We would like to remind everyone of St Vincent de Paul’s protocol for inclement weather. 

 

We follow the Paulding County School Systems schedule. If Paulding County Schools are closed the parish office will also be closed, Holy Mass will not be celebrated at SVdP and all parish activities will be canceled. 

 

If the weather conditions require us to make a change in the Sunday Holy Mass schedule, including the vigil Holy Masses on Saturday, a message will be recorded on our phone system and a message will be posted on our website. 

 

To listen to an Inclement Weather message you would call (770) 443-0566 press 1 and then 4. If the message has not changed and a notification is not printed on our website, Holy Masses will be celebrated as usual.

 St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will be offering Religious Education for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the pandemic, we hope to meet in our Religious Education classrooms.  However, if we are not able to do this, we will provide the lessons for all classes here on our web page each week.

 

Your children will be registered in class as usual, each with a teacher and an assistant.  If necessary, each online lesson will include reading materials from the textbook and/or other resources, Catechism references, and Bible references for the week.  Required activities will also be included that will need to be completed and returned to the teacher who will review the work and record that it was completed.  Attendance credit will then be given to the student.  

 

Registration for the fall semester begins in May.   For the 2020-2021 school year, classes begin in on September 13, 2020.   Students who register late are marked “absent” for the classes they miss.  A student must attend at least 90% of class time in order to receive full credit for the year.  Students who fail to attend 90% of the classes will need to turn in make-up work.  For this reason, parents are encouraged to register their child early.

The SVdP Religious Education registration form for the 2020-2021 school year is provided in the link below.  This three-page form includes pricing and payment information, the attendance policy, and a COVID-19 waiver to be signed and returned.  A link has also been provided for our 2020-2021 calendar of classes.  Please complete a separate form for each child registered for RE.

 

 If your child will receive First Holy Communion this year and your child was not baptized at SVdP, then you will need to submit a copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate.  If your child will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year and your child was not baptized at SVdP, then you will need to submit a copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate and First Holy Communion Certificate or obtain a Certificate of Baptism with notations from the parish of Baptism.   

 

If you are new to Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and have not yet registered as a parishioner, you will also need to complete and submit the parish registration forms.

Please register your child(ren) as soon as possible so that we will have all necessary materials ready when classes begin on September 13th. Payment of at least 25% of the fee is due with registration. Please refer to the registration form for the fee schedule. Our Early Bird discount is available for accounts paid in full by August 16, 2020.

Youth who have been confirmed are invited to register for the Post Confirmation class.  There is no fee for this class.

 

Registration forms may be attached and emailed to:

 

 Nancy Chisholm at nchisholm@svdpatl.com

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 Mary Ware at mware@svdpatl.com

 

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You may mail payment and forms to us at:

 

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church- RE Office

680 W. Memorial Drive

Dallas, GA    30132

 

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You may place the registration form and payments in an envelope marked “RE”  and place it in the collection box when attending Holy Mass.   

We hope to see you and your children when classes begin on September 13th.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Fillable Religious Education Registration Form

(Fill out online and submit via email, mail, or place in a collection box)


 Non-Fillable Religious Education Registration Form

(Print, fill out by hand and submit via email, mail, or place in a collection box)

2020-2021 Religious Education Calendar

 

Special Middle and High School Forms

 

Catechists

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