Jesus empowered the Church to continue His mission when He said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20
This great commission has been handed to women and men, whom God has called to proclaim the Good News. This ministry of teaching and forming has traditionally been referred to as catechesis. Catechesis is a life-long process of initial conversion, formation, education, and on-going conversion. Through word, worship, service and community, it seeks to lead all God’s people to an ever deepening relationship with God who reveals himself in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Catechesis takes many forms and includes the initiation of adults, youth and children as well as the intentional and systematic effort to enable all to grow in faith and discipleship.
St. Elizabeth Seton Church is committed to the education formation of our parishioners young and old in an effort to “put people in communion with Jesus Christ” (CCC #426). The below programs are available in our parish:
CCD – Religious education classes are offered for students in grades 1st through 11th.
First Reconciliation – This program is for students beginning their 2nd grade year.
First Communion – This program is for students beginning their 2nd grade year.
Confirmation – The Confirmation program is intended for students who are entering their Junior year of high school.
Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) – The OCIA program (formerly RCIA) is for adults who would like to become Catholic or adults who are already Catholic and would like to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) - VBS is a summer bible camp for children entering kindergarten through 5th grade.
St. Elizabeth Seton Church is always looking for volunteers to help with our religious education programs. All church volunteers who work with children must be Safe Environment certified. For information on how you can become involved with these very important programs, contact the parish office at (337) 235-1483.