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Religious Education

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Welcome! We'd love to have you join us for Religious Education classes.

Classes are for children not enrolled in a Catholic school. The role of the program is to assist families in teaching their youth about our Catholic faith by: providing opportunities for family development in knowing Jesus Christ, building a relationship with God and others, and living a moral and Christian lifestyle.

Registration for Returning Families

Print Form - Form can be printed out and filled in and mailed with a check to the Religious Education Office.

Registration Print Form for New Families - Form can be printed out and filled in and mailed with a check to the Religious Education Office.

 

Classes are held at the parish's Education Center and are available for Grades K-8.  Please feel free to contact our office if we can be of assistance in any way: 727.812.4656

We have several different options this year as far as the religious education of your children. We are offering limited availability in our new Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program on Sunday morning and Monday afternoon/evening. This program uses the Montessori method to bring children into a relationship with Jesus through work in an atrium environment. The environment supports their growth in learning about Jesus through hands on materials and the use of bible stories. More information can be found online at www.cgsusa.org.

For our middle school students we are offering the Edge program on Tuesday evening. This program works with our youth minister, Amy Persaud, to help the students to see their faith as part of their life. It uses the Life Teen program to promote a more youth-friendly, hands on, relational program than a typical textbook session. There is also limited availability in this program, so apply early to reserve your spot.dare-to-be-a-disciple_t

Class Days and Times:

  • Monday: Grades 1-8 from 6:15 pm -7:30 pm
  • Monday: Ages 3-5 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I
  • Monday: Ages - 6-8 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II
  • Tuesday: Grades 1-8 from 6:15 pm -7:30 pm
  • Sunday: Grades K-8 10:00 am - 11:15 am
  • Sunday: Ages 3-5 from 8:30 am - 9:45 am Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I
  • Sunday: Ages 6-8 from 10:00 am - 11:45 am Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level II

Sacramental preparation is through our office but is a stand-alone program for both Catholic school students and RE students.

   

 

 

Check out our Parent's Page & Catechist Corner

 

 

Many volunteer ministry opportunities are available within the Religious Education Office:

Volunteer Position     Catechist
Required of the Volunteer   Catechists in the Religious Education program are called to herald the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ through weekly instruction of a classroom of students. Using the materials and resources provided to plan lessons in advance, catechists should form their students in the Catholic tradition through its rich resources of doctrine, scripture, liturgy and prayer.
Experience Necessary   No
Training Required   No, but attending Catechist Certification classes is highly encouraged.
When is Training   Modules are usually offered throughout the year at various times and at various parishes.
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
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Volunteer Position     Catechist’s Assistant
Required of the Volunteer   Assistants aid Catechists in various ways. From taking attendance to setting up the classroom, helping the teacher with group discussions, and aiding hands-on learning activities, Assistants proclaim the gospel through their display of the divine virtue of caritas.
Experience Necessary   No
Training Required   No
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
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Volunteer Position     Office Clerk
Required of the Volunteer   Answering and making phone calls, helping with various projects such as cutting, stapling, filing, addressing envelopes, sending letters, making copies, and helping with special events.
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
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Many Resources are available in the Religious Education offices, including games, art supplies, posters, charts, maps and audio/video offerings. Diocesan services include Catechist Training and an audio/video library. Contact 5e7a9f5ea6b0a3a47b60ab9fa7aab2ad78a3aaaaa3ac7ea3b1aea7b0a7b2b3b19facb2ad6ca1a1607c83aaaaa3ac5e88adaca3b17a6d9f7c5e9fb25e7570756c766f706c727473745e NGDtE6itUHvHSvXPoptZ7nyG5gnvR2Gp caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page. concerning any other inquiries.

Espiritu Santo Catholic School

Cheerleaders-smallerNestled in beautiful Safety Harbor, Florida, Espiritu Santo Catholic School provides excellence in education for over 400 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The Espiritu Santo community believes in the unique gifts of every child. Students of all faiths grow as learners and leaders in our Christ-centered environment. At ESCS, each student is challenged to reach his or her academic potential, encouraged to explore their faith, and inspired through service to act as reflections of Christ for the world.

Interested in Catholic education for your student? Contact the School Office to arrange a tour: 727.812.4650

Learn more about our parish school on our school website:  www.escschool.org.

Religious Education and Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation

Preparation for children receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation is provided by the Religious Education Office.

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  • Reconciliation and First Holy Communion preparation begins during the second grade year. First Reconciliation sessions start in mid-Novermber and the sacrament will take place in January. Then First Holy Communion sessions occur between February and May.
  • The Confimation preparation sessions begin in October of the eighth grade year. 
  • During the month of September, parents will receive a mailed letter about the first meeting.
  • Confirmation students are required to attend one preparation session per month between October and June, one retreat, and spiritual and service hours which will be outlined during the first meeting. 

 

The Diocese of St. Petersburg requires that students be enrolled in Religious Education classes for two years prior to receiving a sacrament. Please call our office at 727.812.4656 if we can help you get your child enrolled in classes.

 

Confirmation

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Youth of Espiritu Santo (YES)

YouthHigh School and Middle School Life Teen Ministries

The mission of the Youth Ministry program at Espiritu Santo is to bring teens together in an environment that will foster positive relationships with each other, to help them see where God is in our day-to-day life, and to bring them closer to Jesus through the sacraments and provide opportunities to serve God’s people through service.

When and where do we meet?
Edge Middle School teens will meet on Tuesdays from 6:15pm - 7:30 pm in Padua Hall along with the Religious Education students and the Life-Teen High School
youth will meet in the John Bosco Center. Each group will  experience the Living Word in their own lives. We hope to provide a comfortable, fun-filled atmosphere where teens can express their faith with friends and family.

Events and Activities
Rock the Universe, Night of Joy, Fall and/or Spring Retreats for high school students, fall retreat for middle school, helping at Pinellas hope, fun outings like bowling, Word on the Water and cook-outs, etc.

Volunteer Positions needed:
The youth ministry program is in need of you and your assistance. These positions include: core team members, chaperones, meal ministers, prayer partners, and possibly administrative assistants, etc.

Volunteer Position     Core Team Member
Required of the Volunteer   This commitment will involve being present at our Sunday night Lifeteen meetings, and or Tuesday night Edge meetings as well as Core Team planning meetings. The Core team is a group of volunteers that assist the youth minister with the planning and execution of the Life Nights. Their biggest role is to be present to our teens, and mentor them in their faith journey.
Experience Necessary   No
Training Required  

First, we need to have two things completed through the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

  1. Level II Background Check (Fingerprinting needs to be scheduled online at www.dosp.org.
  2. Safe Environment Program Training (scheduled as necessary). SEP Training Information
When is Training   Scheduled as necessary.
Time Commitment   Sunday night after Life Teen Mass until 8:00 pm or Tuesday night Edge from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm.The Core Team Planning Meetings as necessary.
Contact   FOr more information regarding the Youth Ministry program, please call the 8eb372bac4b7b88f74bfb3bbbec6c18ccbc1c7c6bab9c4c1c7c292b7c5c2bbc4bbc6c7c5b3c0c6c180b5b57472c6b3c4b9b7c68f74b1b4beb3c0bd7490abc1c7c6ba72a1b8b8bbb5b78e81b39072b3c67289848980898488808588848480 tX4iQdpDb5IGsCivTWExDmXcCbIYxQoq caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page.

 

Chaperone for youth events: Occasionally we will need parent volunteers to help drive and or chaperone youth group events. All chaperones must meet with the youth minister prior to the trip, as well as have all Safe Environment Training and background screening.

Meal Ministry: In order to establish a family-like atmosphere, we are providing our teens with a meal every Sunday night. We are in need of volunteers to cook or provide monetary donations for our meal and snack program.

Prayer Partners: We are in need of prayers for our young people. Prayer is the one gift that all of our parishioners can give to our youth. They are facing many obstacles in their lives, and they are in need of your help. Please consider praying for our youth.

Administrative Assistants: If you like to help with office work including making phone calls, and helping with all of the details for the youth ministry planning, your help is needed during the week.

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I invite you to become a part of our Parish Youth Ministry program. I look forward to working with you. May the love and peace of Christ be with you and your family.

The future of the world is in your hands: Let us sow the seeds and watch them grow, to see what blessings they can produce.

Our Calling as Parents

"God's love is communicated to infants and young children primarily through parents." 

Parents are catechists precisely because they are parents.  Their roles in the formation of Christian values in their children is irreplaceable.  They "should speak naturally and simply about God and their faith, as they do about other matters they want their children to understand and appreciate.

Parents are also the most effective catechists of prayer for their young children.  They know what their children are capable of understanding and can easily teach their children basic prayer and the fundamental attitude of prayer.  By praying frequently with their children at special moments during the day and especially by praying with them at they Sunday Eucharist, parents introduce children into the prayer life of the Church. 1thebodyofChrist

By incorporating prayer into everyday family experiences, parents teach their children by example.  Their witness encourages their children to call upon God as their Father who loves and protects them; to look to Jesus, their Savior and brother, who leads them to the Father; and to acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within their hearts. 

Children ordinarily enjoy listening to their parents read to them and tell them stories.  Reading stories from Sacred Scripture combines both these simple activities.  Just as children learn their family histories through stories told by their parents, they learn about the Catholic faith as their parents introduce them to the person of Jesus and the beauty of the word of God and tell them the story of Mary, the Mother of God, aswell as of the lives of the saints.

 -National Directory for Catechesis (48E)

 

Family Resources:

Parent's Handbook for Religious Education 2016/2017

Parent/Student Handbook Signoff Sheet 2016/2017

Promotional Media Release Form

Parent's Calendar 2016/2017

Prayers by Grade Level

How to Pray the Rosary

Praying as a Family

Family, Faith and Fun

A Call to Faith- More Actitivities  

Catechist Corner

 

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Religious Education Handbook - "Encountering the Living Christ"

A useful guide in your role as catechist at Espiritu Santo Catholic Chuch.  This handbook contains information on the various catechetical roles, guidelines, policies, parent guidelines, the Safe Environment Program (SEP), catechist certification, curriculum, and classroom resources.

Section 1:  Catechesis, Roles, Policies, Guidelines, School Map

Section 2:  Religious Education Parent Handbook

Section 3:  Diocesan Safe Environment Program, Code of Conduct, and Harassment Policy

Section 4:  Catechist Certification, Teaching Tips, Games, and Prayers

Section 5:  Curriculum Guidelines by Grade Level

Section 6:  Classroom Resources

 

Helpful Resources:

 

Online Catechism

Daily Readings, Bible, & articles from the US Bishops

Catechist Magazine

Review Games, Activity Finder, & Blog links

 

Religious Education Volunteers

Many volunteer ministry opportunities are available within the Religious Education Office:

Volunteer Position     Catechist
Required of the Volunteer   Catechists in the Religious Education program are called to herald the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ through weekly instruction of a classroom of students. Using the materials and resources provided to plan lessons in advance, catechists should form their students in the Catholic tradition through its rich resources of doctrine, scripture, liturgy and prayer.
Experience Necessary   No
Training Required   No, but attending Catechist Certification classes is highly encouraged.
When is Training   Modules are usually offered throughout the year at various times and at various parishes.
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
Contact   90b574bcc6b9ba9176c1b5bdc0c8c38eb9c0c0b9c294b9c7c4bdc6bdc8c9c7b5c2c8c382b7b7769299c0c0b9c2749ec3c2b9c79083b592807498bdc6b9b7c8c3c674c3ba74a6b9c0bdbbbdc3c9c77499b8c9b7b5c8bdc3c28074a7b7bcc3c3c07496c9bdc0b8bdc2bb80748b868b828c858682888a898a82 VEAxJpvnzErD0op5tTOWi9hk8wBYpJxJ caesar This page part is protected against spam bots and web crawlers. In order to be displayed you need to enable Javascript in your browser, and then reload the page.

 

Volunteer Position     Catechist’s Assistant
Required of the Volunteer   Assistants aid Catechists in various ways. From taking attendance to setting up the classroom, helping the teacher with group discussions, and aiding hands-on learning activities, Assistants proclaim the gospel through their display of the divine virtue of caritas.
Experience Necessary   No
Training Required   No
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
Contact   {obfuscate}Ellen Jones, Director of Religious Education, School Building, 727.812.4656.{/obfuscate}

 

Volunteer Position     Office Clerk
Required of the Volunteer   Answering and making phone calls, helping with various projects such as cutting, stapling, filing, addressing envelopes, sending letters, making copies, and helping with special events.
Time Commitment   Weekly during the school year.
Contact   {obfuscate}Ellen Jones, Director of Religious Education, School Building 727.812.4656.{/obfuscate}

 

Many Resources are available in the Religious Education offices, including games, art supplies, posters, charts, maps and audio/video offerings. Diocesan services include Catechist Training and an audio/video library. Contact{obfuscate} Ellen Jones at 727.812.4656 {/obfuscate}concerning any other inquiries.

Youth Ministry

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Emmaus Team: A group of high school students (from
ninth grade and up) who serve as a leadership team
to walk with the middle school group on "The Way,"
as well as, grow closer in their own personal relationship with God.


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The Way: A group helping to bring middle school students
closer to God through group activities with peers, fun games,
interesting talks, service work and much more.






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