2015 – 2016
Saint Catherine Youth Religious Education
Sunday Worship and Youth Religious Education Schedule
• 8:15am Orthros
• 9:20am Doxology
• 9:30am Divine Liturgy
• 10:00am (approximately) Sermonette for Youth after Gospel Reading
• 10:30 – 11:30am Youth Religious Education Classes (Teachers and Youth leave after Holy Communion)
We are looking forward to starting another church school year. We have a fantastic group of dedicated teachers returning and are happy to welcome several new teachers as well.
- Preschool Teachers: Christianna Politis, Mary Heneen and Natalie Sourial
- Kindergarten & 1st Grade Teachers: Joni Xikes, Amy Kish and Vivian Hallberg (Assistant)
- 2nd & 3rd Grade Teachers: Lisa Maris and May House
- 4th & 5th Grade Teachers: Patti Farr
- Middle School Teachers: Alex Demos and Elena Paich
- 9th and 10th Grade: Dean Gartelos and Nicholas Gartelos
- 11th and 12th Grade: Fritz and Mary Lynn Garger
We are excited to announce that this year we will pilot a comprehensive Preschool-12th grade curriculum (please see attachments below) for our Church School students. This curriculum is based primarily on the Orthodox Catechism Project developed by Fr. Evan Armatas and also incorporates other Greek Orthodox lesson plans and materials. This is a web-based resource that provides weekly topics and lesson plans for teachers by grade for the entire year.
We introduce the foundations of the faith and practice in the Pre K-5th grades and then re-introduce the topics at a deeper level as the students move into middle and high school. The objective is to offer a comprehensive program that provides both the breadth and depth necessary for students to internalize the essentials of their faith.
This is a 3-year project with the following timeline:
Year One: Pilot the program and request feedback
Year Two: Incorporate feedback and re-publish
Year Three: Finalize/institutionalize the curricula
Please support us in our efforts to provide a valuable Orthodox Christian Church School program for your children. At registration parents will be able to review the list of topics for the year, by grade. Most important, we need consistent attendance on the part of students because all lessons build on earlier lessons so regular participation will be important to the program’s success. Our hope is that by the time a child goes off to college he/she should have a firm foundation and a good understanding of our Orthodox faith (understanding the prayers, sacraments, hymns, Bible, Saints, etc.)
Our church school year will kick off on September 13th. Two weeks later on September 27th we are excited to join with the Assumption Cathedral to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and combine our church school classes. This will be an opportunity to support the building of the New St. Nicholas Church and National Shrine and to teach them about St. Nicholas and the importance of this religious structure at Ground Zero.
As a church school we will be doing a couple of service projects and beginning a stewardship program. We will send out more information on that as we get closer to implementing these activities.
Please pray that God will continue to bless our Church School Program and our children. We welcome anyone who wants to volunteer as a teacher, a teacher’s assistant, a substitute or would like to be an assistant church school director and we look forward to a fantastic year!
Youth Religious Education Director
September2015 – May 2016
Youth Religious Education Calendar
• 9/13 Ministry Fair Sunday/First day of Church School
• 9/27 Church at the Assumption Cathedral
• 10/25 No Church School – Fall Break
• 11/29 No Church School – Thanksgiving
• 12/27 No Church School – Christmas Break
• 1/3 No Church School – New Year Break
• 3/6 Oratorical Festival
• 3/27 No Church School – Spring Break
• 4/24 No Church School – Palm Sunday
• 5/1 No Church School – Pascha
• 5/22 Last day of Church School and Jeopardy
• 6/5 Honor graduates