The mission of the Religious Education Program of St. Valentine Parish is to assist parents in the religious, moral, and spiritual formation of their children. Parents are the primary educators of their children, teaching by word and example. Our parish catechists support the parents and students by providing quality religious education in a nurturing, faith-filled environment. Through the cooperative effort of parents, catechists, and students, our children will grow in their love for God and knowledge of their Catholic faith and develop their God-given gifts and talents.
Religious Education Goals
The St. Valentine Religious Education Program exists to provide its students with a firm foundation of religious education that is developed and nurtured within a faith-filled environment. This is accomplished when these goals are achieved:
√ To offer instruction in Catholic doctrine and morals
√ To provide an environment supportive of religious values
√ To form students in the practice of prayer and virtue
√ To provide opportunities to participate in the Church’s liturgy and devotions
√ To unite parents, students, and the church in the work of Catholic education
√ To prepare students to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation
√ To encourage community service through a variety of projects
Course Offerings and Curriculum
St. Valentine Religious Education offers two 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.
Option 1: Weekly CCD Mondays or Wednesdays from September through April: 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Option 2: HomeStudy: Online, independent study with occasional face-to-face meetings with Mr. Cary W. Dabney
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.
For more information about our Religious Education Program please contact Mr. Cary Dabney, our Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization via the contact information below.
Mr. Cary Dabney