Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Our Parish School of Religion (PSR) provides catechetical instruction to children and youth who attend public schools, so that young people can grow in intimacy with Jesus, be knowledgeable about their faith, and integrate the teachings of the Gospel into their lives. Parish religion programs also prepare young people for the reception of first sacraments. We offer programs to assist parents in the faith formation of their children.
2023-2024 program schedule runs from September 17/20 until April 28/May 1.
- Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation
- Confirmation Program typically begins in 7th grade; Confirmation is a 2-year program. Those who are older are welcome to join
- Special Sacramental Preparation class for older children wanting to receive First Reconciliation & First Communion
- Diocese approved curriculum for all grades.
- Theology of the Body lessons for grades K-Confirmation
- Seasonal events including:
- Jesse Tree Family Advent
- Stations of the Cross
- Family Rosary and May Crowning
- Option to train for Altar Serving
- Confirmation Retreats
- First Communion Workshop
- Summer Vacation Bible School
Dates for Sacraments:
- Confirmation: February 24, 2024
- First Communion: April 21, 2024
- 3-yr. old Pre-School during Sunday 9 am Mass
- 4-yr. old Pre-School options: 9 am during 9 am Mass or Pre-K PSR Sunday 10:10-11:10 am
Kindergarten - High School Confirmation class options of Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. Choose which works best for your family schedule:
- Sundays: 10:10-11:10 am
- Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 pm
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
Second grade public school students prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion in their weekly classes during regular PSR time. Catholic school students receive preparation at school and also attend certain classes together with public school students during the year. Parents attend special meetings and activities with their children. They also work with their children at home.
We offer a class that meets Wednesday evenings to prepare older students who have not yet celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist.
Sacramental preparation is provided for 7th-12 graders. Adult volunteers are needed to teach the classes and serve as sponsors.
Confirmation One – Grade 7 or older students not enrolled in a Catholic school attend classes during regular PSR times on Wednesday evening or Sunday morning. Catholic school students also attend special sessions during their first year of Confirmation preparation.
Confirmation Two – Grade 8 or older students (including those enrolled in a Catholic school) attend weekly classes on Sunday or Wednesday from September until Confirmation is celebrated.
We are always welcoming new catechists, teaching aides, substitute catechists, and hall monitors. It’s a great opportunity to volunteer. And our Diocese offers free participation in the Catechetical Institute at Franciscan University to catechists.We look forward to your children being a part of our community, growing in their knowledge of Christ, and knowing how much He loves them!
For more information, contact our Director of Religious Education, Denise Dumars at 417-887-6472, ext. 610 or [email protected]
Available during the Sunday 9 and 11:15 am Masses in the SEAS School 4-yr old Preschool room *Children must be walking.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a ministry that helps little ones (K-2nd) during Mass to better understand God’s Word & Mass. Volunteers sometimes lead at the 4:30 pm Saturday Mass & Sunday 9 am and 11:15 am Masses. More volunteers are needed. Training is provided.
Students in 4th grade or older who are interested in becoming altar servers may contact the Office of Religious Education for information. Altar servers' training occurs in February.
Adult Scripture Study:
Parents: We provide study groups for adults during most PSR times. A study will begin in September, at the same time PSR begins. Please check the bulletin for information and to sign up.
Summer 2024 Vacation Bible School: Plan now so your children won’t miss it!
Tuesday, June 18 – Saturday, June 22
SEAS PSR Curriculum Programs:
3 & 4 yr. old Pre-School: RCL Benziger’s Stories of God’s Love
Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th grades: Pflaum Gospel Weeklies https://www.pflaumweeklies.com/
2nd Grade First Reconciliation & First Communion: Dynamic Catholic
6th Grade: *Ruah Woods Theology of the Body
*Grades K-Confirmation will have 5 Theology of the Body lessons in their curriculum
Confirmation One (usually 7th Grade): Dynamic Catholic
Confirmation Two (8th-12th graders): Ascension Press
For more information, contact our Director of Religious Education, Denise Dumars at 417-887-6472, ext. 610 or[email protected]