St. Thomas Religious Education
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were terrified. But he said to them, "It is I, do not be afraid." (John 6:16-20)
ST. THOMAS APOSTLE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CCD)
St. Thomas Apostle parishioners provide catechetical classes for all parish students in Pre-Kindergarten through High School. All catechists are required to be fully-initiated Roman Catholics in good-standing; certified by the Diocese of Boise to teach the Catholic Faith; and, commissioned by the Pastor to instruct the youth of the parish. In addition, all catechists and support staff have completed the diocesan workshop, Creating a Safe Environment.
Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation classes for baptized Catholics in Kindergarten through 12th grade are held on Wednesday evenings (6:30pm-8:00pm) from September through April in the Parish Center. Parents are asked to complete a registration form and provide a copy of student's baptism certificate.
Two years of preparation are required for first reception of the Sacraments of Penance (celebrated during 2nd Week of Lent); Eucharist (celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday); and, the Sacrament of Confirmation (celebrated in early Spring). [Note: Eighth grade students who faithfully attend Sunday Mass and regularly attend Wednesday classes in order to complete the required course of study are eligible to be candidates in the 9th grade for the Sacrament of Confirmation].
Parents interested in assisting the Religious Education program as substitute catechists, aides or other support personnel are always needed and welcome. Home school families are asked to contact the Director of Religious Education at the beginning of the school year if their children will be receiving the Sacraments with the parish class. The Religious Education program also provides instruction for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIA) for non-Catholic families (with children) interested in inquiring into the Catholic Faith.
For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office located in the St. Thomas Parish Center at (208) 664-0793.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO PARENTS REGARDING
CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION [PLEASE READ]
Catholics should follow their conscience in all things, whether it's about voting, morality or Religious Education. It's true, and our Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us so — quite plainly, "Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions. He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience. Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters" (CCC 1782). This teaching is at the heart of what it means to have free will. But that doesn't mean that our conscience is free from all responsibility or can be ignorant of God's law. This is what our Catechism refers to as having a "well-informed conscience."
The Catechism assigns great responsibility to a persons's conscience. "Moral conscience, present at the heart of the person, enjoins him at the appropriate moment to do good and to avoid evil … It bears witness to the authority of truth in reference to the supreme Good to which the human person is drawn, and it welcomes the commandments. When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking" (1777).
In other words, our conscience isn't simply what we "feel is right" — it's what we judge to be right based on what we know of the teachings of God and the Church. And in order to make that judgment, we have a responsibility to study and pray over these teachings very carefully. The Catechism has a section dedicated entirely to the careful formation of our conscience — that's how important it is in making right decisions. And in the end, whether right or wrong, we're still held responsible for our actions: "Conscience enables one to assume responsibility for the acts performed" (1781).
When properly formed, conscience helps us to know when we've done something right — or something wrong, whereby forgiveness is required for our sin. By seeking a fully-informed conscience, we actually experience great freedom, because we're drawing closer to God's infinite Truth. It's not a burden that keeps us from doing what we want; rather, it's a guide to help us do what is right! Therefore, "The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart" (1784).
Our Religious Education Motto:
"Be not afraid…"
ABSTINENCE: ALL FRIDAYS DURING LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS (14+ YEARS OF AGE).
FASTING: ONE FULL MEAL AND TWO SMALLER MEALS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN, BUT NOT EQUAL TO FULL MEAL (AGES 18-59).
ASH WEDNESDAY & GOOD FRIDAY ARE DAYS OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE. QUESTIONS REGARDING FASTING AND ABSTINENCE: ST. THOMAS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, 664-0793.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS FRIDAYS AT 6:00 PM. GOOD FRIDAY AT 3:00 PM.
CALENDAR: FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (10:00 AM)
CALENDAR: SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – THURSDAY, MAY 11 (7:00 PM) AT ST. PIUS X.
REMINDER: Please pick up your copy of the Parish Bulletin.
REMINDER: Please make sure student Baptism Certificate in on file at Religious Education Office.
MONTHLY NOTES, APRIL / 2017
CATECHIST TRAINING: SAFE ENVIRONMENT WORKSHOP (NEW OR REFRESHER): PLEASE CALL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: (208) 664-0793 TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
CATECHIST CERTIFICATION: If you have finished viewing, please return video instruction materials to the Religious Education Office. Certification training will continue through July and August, 2015 for Catechists interested in completing Basic Certification for the Diocese of Boise. If you would like to update your worksheet, simply call John (664-0793). Upon completion, certifications will be framed and posted outside the Religious Education Office. Also, please remember to visit our web-site for information and updates. Thanks!
ST. THOMAS PARISHIONERS: If you are interested in joining our outstanding team of Catechists, please call or drop by the Religious Education Office located in the Parish Center. Be Not Afraid!
COVE OF THE CROSS: Dozens of beautiful Crosses have been donated to the Cove over the past year. Many of these Crosses came to the Cove from all over the world, and many have been donated by St. Thomas parishioners. If anyone would like to donate a Cross/Crucifix to the Cove, please contact any 6th Grade Religious Education student or call the Religious Education Office at 664-0793. Thanks!
ST. THOMAS APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE, PRE-K thru 12
April 12 (W) Class No. 30 – PreK-8 (6:30-8:00 pm), Communion Rehearsal
April 19 (W) Class No. 31 – PreK-8 (6:30-8:00 pm), Communion Rehearsal
April 23 (Su) First Holy Communion (9:30 am), Divine Mercy Sunday Mass
April 26 (W) Class No. 32 – PreK-12 (6:30-8:00 pm), Final Day Event [TBA]
May 11 (Th) Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Pius X (7:00 pm)
ST. THOMAS ADULT INSTRUCTION SCHEDULE
4 April Review
5 April Bible Study
11 April Summary / Review
15 April Rite of Reception (8:00 PM)
25 April Confession, Meet in Parish Center at 6:00 PM
+ Lectures & Reviews Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 PM (Parish Center)
+ Holy Hour Tuesdays 7:00 PM (followed by Bible Study Videos)
+ Bible Study Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 PM & Thursdays 1:30-3:00 PM
+ Holy Mass Saturdays 5:00 PM; Sundays 8:00 AM & 10:00 AM
+ Holy Day of Obligation Masses To be scheduled and announced.
+ Parish/Community Events To be scheduled and announced.
+ St. Thomas Religious Education Office: 664-0793
ALTAR SERVER NEWS & INFORMATION
THURIFER TRAINING: PLEASE CALL 664-0793 TO SCHEDULE DATE/TIME.
NEW ROSTERS (MARCH, 2017) NOW AVAILABLE.
WELCOME ABOARD LA & MA, OUR NEWEST ALTAR SERVERS!
CAMP JUNIPERO [ALTAR SERVERS] WE WILL BE ROTATING ALL SERVERS THROUGH TRAINING SESSIONS ON THE WEEKENDS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS (ON-THE-JOB TRAINING). WE WILL ALSO SCHEDULE A DAY OR TWO DURING THE WEEK IF POSSIBLE. THANKS!
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE RIBBONS: BLACK=1; GREEN=2; BLUE=3; RED=4D; GOLD=5; GOLD CORD=TRAINER.
IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING A MONTHLY SCHEDULE, PLEASE CONTACT THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OFFICE: 664-0793
Pre-K through Grade 12 Education Programs – contact the Religious Education office, 664-0793, for information.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – for those wishing to join the Catholic Church, contact the parish office, 664-9259