Introduction to PSR

The Parish School of Religion [PSR] is a parish-administered course of religious education for children in Grades 1 through 8 who attend public schools, non-Catholic private schools, or who are home-schooled. 

The PSR provides an hour of classroom instruction in the basics of the Catholic Faith, and Family Based Catechesis [FBC] facilitates the teaching of the faith in the home. But catechesis, in either context or model, is only one aspect of faith formation. 

The foundation for the faith formation of children is the family’s consistent practice of the Catholic Faith. When parents go to Mass every Sunday with their children, and when they seek to make Christ present in their homes every day of the week, they are providing the best possible context for the faith formation to occur. Mass attendance and connection with the parish are indispensable in this process.

Parents are asked to be consistent in their attendance of Mass with their children.

In PSR classes and FBC home sessions, we teach the basic content of the Catholic Faith in age-appropriate lessons using the “Blest Are We” religious education textbook published by RCL Benziger for Grades 1-7, and the Sadlier "We Life our Faith" series for Grade 8. Both textbook series are in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the newly revised Roman Missal, 3rd Edition.

Catechesis is education in the Catholic Faith. It follows evangelization and presupposes one’s coming to faith and Baptism. Catechesis is “echoing” the words of the Gospel message and as such is a continuation and aspect of evangelization. 

Evangelization and catechesis are the work of God the Holy Trinity Who seeks to reveals Himself, Three in One, to the whole world. The Father’s desire is to embrace all humanity and draw it to Himself. The Son seeks to save mankind and to reveal the Father’s love. The Spirit gives life to all things and draws all mankind to the Son of God, Who in turn leads us to the Father.

Catechesis is in a special way, the work of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives. In our own, the Spirit calls us to a life of constant conversion, turning to Christ. This is the orientation of our life of faith. The Spirit also calls, gifts, and empowers us to share the truths of the Catholic Faith with others. The Spirit is also operative in the lives of those for whom we minister, calling them to conversion and to be formed in faith. 

Because it is the work of the Spirit, we must be faithful to that role we are called to play in the faith formation of others. For the same reason, we can be content to do only what we are called to do, leaving the rest to the Spirit to bring His work to completion.

Our goals are to promote, encourage, and support:
    The proclamation of the Good News as revealed through Jesus Christ;
    Worship of God through private and liturgical prayer;
    Service to the Christian and entire world community; and,
    Parents in their roles as the primary catechists of their children.

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