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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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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.

Prayer For Children

  • 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

 

Catechist Corner

 

Dare to be a Disciple

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

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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. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atriums are in the back of the John Bosco Center.  More information can be found online at www.cgsusa.org.

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Class Days and Times:

  • Monday: Grades 1-8 from 6:15 pm -7:30 pm
  • Monday: Ages 3-5 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 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 10:15 am - 11:30 am
  • Sunday: Ages 18mos-3 8:30 am - 11:30 am (variable) Toddler Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  • Sunday: Ages 3-5 from 8:30 am - 9:45 am Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I
  • Sunday: Ages 3-5 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level I
  • Sunday: Ages 6-8 from 10:00 am - 11:30 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 819dc281c9d3c6c79e83cec2cacdd5d09bc6cdcdc6cfa1c6d4d1cad3cad5d6d4c2cfd5d08fc4c4839fa6cdcdc6cf81abd0cfc6d49d90c29f81c2d5819893988f9992938f9597969781 QgA2YRQYo3eCmp5iBTZVRgOi4KZzNtP 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.

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 2017/2018

Parent/Student Handbook Signoff Sheet 2017/2018

Promotional Media Release Form

Parent's Calendar 2017/2018

Prayers by Grade Level

How to Pray the Rosary

Praying as a Family

Family, Faith and Fun

A Call to Faith- More Actitivities  

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 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   779c5ba3ada0a1785da89ca4a7afaa75a0a7a7a0a97ba0aeaba4ada4afb0ae9ca9afaa699e9e5d7980a7a7a0a95b85aaa9a0ae776a9c79675b7fa4ada09eafaaad5baaa15b8da0a7a4a2a4aab0ae5b809fb09e9cafa4aaa9675b8e9ea3aaaaa75b7db0a4a79fa4a9a2675b726d7269736c6d696f71707169 65LHYvnaBhfVGes83FgcfmcUPPMhPn 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.

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