Curriculum and Offerings
St. Valentine Religious Education offers four options for faith formation for students in Grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Grade 2 students must attend the weekly CCD program to prepare for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation, and Grade 8 students will participate in Confirmation preparation.
1. Weekly CCD Mondays and Wednesdays from September through April
6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Online, independent study with occasional face-to-face meetings with Dr. Cindi Fuselier
The students who attend weekly CCD or through HomeStudy will use Alive in Christ published by Our Sunday Visitor. Alive in Christ is approved by both the Department for Religious Education in the Pittsburgh Diocese and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each Alive in Christ lesson will provide practical examples of the ways we worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics, and the lesson introduces children to Catholic figures who stand as models of heroic virtue in everyday life. The student books use developmentally appropriate text, images, and activities that address multiple learning styles and engage students’ senses and imagination. Students will encounter Sacred Scripture that is prayed with, reflected upon, studied, and applied to their daily lives. Each year, students will study the core fundamental areas of our faith: Revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, The Church, Sacraments, Morality, and the Kingdom of God. Each year these topics will delve more in depth.
3. GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)
GIFT is a family-oriented, faith-forming, program that offers an alternative to the traditional classroom based CCD program. The GIFT Program invites parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters and guardians to join with their young child in Grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Students in Grades 2 and 8 can attend the GIFT Program with their siblings, but they are still required to attend the traditional weekly CCD classes because Grades 2 and 8 are what we consider Sacramental Preparation years, i.e. preparing to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. GIFT will use an integrated curriculum plan, People of Faith—Generations Learning Together, that addresses the six fundamental core areas of our faith—Church Year, Sacraments, Justice and Service, Prayer, Morality, and Creed.