The Church teaches that parents are the primary teachers of the Faith to their children.
Because we honor this, we at MBS are committed to assisting both parents and children to grow in their faith life. The mission of the Parish School of Religion is to aide you in providing religious education for the age and maturity level of your children. Registration takes place on the first two weekends in August, after all in the Masses, in the St. John Room of the Church office (see information in the next column).
As you know, religious education and spiritual formation require more than a casual commitment if they are to be effective. For this reason, the Office of Christian Formation strongly encourages the following as a formula to ensure a foundation in our Catholic Faith.
When you sign the Registration Form, you make your commitment to and acknowledgment of these important criteria:
- Commitment to and registration in the MBS Parish Family.
- Regular attendance at Sunday Mass as a family.
- Completion of a Stewardship of Finance Card.
- Student attendance at religion classes. You will receive detailed information in the Elementary and High School Parent Newsletters which will be mailed to you before classes start in September.
- A commitment to family prayer.
- Involvement with parish ministry.
- A commitment to adult religious education through workshops and seminars offered by MBS Parish and the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
Registration for 2015-16 programs will be held the weekends of August 8-9 and August 15-16 after all Masses in the St. John Room of the parish office. Please note there are prerequisites that must be met for both First Communion and Confirmation preparation. For additional information, please call David Planche at (225) 751-5867. PSR GRADES K-8: Meet approximately two Sunday mornings a month from 9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the MBS school classrooms. Kindergarten is offered as a Religion readiness program but FIRST GRADE becomes mandatory in order to prepare for Sacraments in the Second Grade. New and returning students must register for the 2015-2016 PSR year which will begin in mid-September. Please bring a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate.
First Communion Children
Second grade is a sacramental preparation year. In order to be eligible for sacramental prep, a child MUST HAVE received a FIRST GRADE religion curriculum in PSR or a Catholic school. GRADES 9-10: Meet one Sunday a month from 5:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the MBS school classrooms. Both 9th and 10th grade religious education classes are required to enter Confirmation in the 11th grade.
Confirmation in our Diocese is celebrated in 11th grade. In order to be eligible, a candidate must have taken both 9th and 10th grade Catholic religious education in a PSR program or a Catholic high school. Classroom sessions are held once a month from September to January. Our candidates also participate in a group service project and an overnight retreat. ON THE DAY OF REGISTRATION, PLEASE BRING A COPY OF THE CANDIDATE’S BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE even if they were baptized at MBS.