1. Religious Education General Information

Religious Education Program Registration

A warm welcome to both returning and new families! Registration for each school year begins in August, for students entering 1st grade through 10th grade. Students who have been previously enrolled in our Religious Education Program are automatically added to the next year’s roster, but we do ask families to fill out a registration form each year to keep our records current and to ensure updated contact information. The program year begins in early September and goes through the end of April. Most lessons are held on Wednesday evenings unless otherwise noted.

Photography Permission

On occasion, photographs may be taken during Religious Education lessons or activities in which your child is partaking. These photographs are intended to be used in the parish bulletin, on the parish website, facebook page, or shared in the Religious Education Program weekly emails. On the registration form, please indicate your preference for the use of photographs in parish publications that may include your child(ren)’s image and name.

Location

All lessons are held at St. Martin’s School or Church unless otherwise noted on the schedule. On occasion, Masses or Family Lessons will be scheduled at St. Peter’s or an alternate location, so please keep an eye on your email for location and time reminders.

Safety

Please be very cautious when driving through the parking lot, especially after dark. For their safety, younger students need to be escorted to and from the building by an adult.

Attendance

With parents being the primary educators of the Faith to your children, we ask that your greatest priority and most important influence on your child’s religious education experience be to attend Mass weekly as a family. We require this because Jesus in the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Faith, and the foundation upon which our program is built. The joyful example you set at home cannot be replaced for what will carry your children into their lifetime commitment of discipleship. Classroom lessons are meant to reinforce and support the model of faithful discipleship being delivered at home. For the Religious Education Program to be most effective, it is essential that your child attend class regularly and punctually. The amount of time put into faith formation, both at home and at the parish, all aid one’s ability to enter a deeper understanding and relationship with God through spiritual and moral development. In other words, thank you for your commitment and dedication to handing on the faith!

Absences

Absences should be communicated to the Coordinator(s) of Religious Education with as much notice as possible so the appropriate catechist can be made aware. Guidance will be provided for making up the missed material at home.

Schedule Changes/Cancellations

Changes to the schedule will be announced with as much notice as possible by way of email, the church bulletin (if enough time allows), and the calendar page on the parish website. Religious Education sessions will be canceled if Middleton-Cross Plains schools are canceled, or if after school programs are canceled, due to weather.

Youth Masses

Throughout the school year, each grade will have an opportunity to serve the assisting roles at the scheduled monthly Youth Masses (as altar servers, lectors, commentators, ushers, greeters, and Rosary leaders). These Youth Masses are intended to help the students make the connection between religious education and Sunday worship. Participation from the entire class is very important.

NCEA ACRE Assessment

The NCEA ACRE (National Catholic Educational Association’s Assessment for Catechesis/Religious Education) is administered during a Wednesday lesson in March every year. The level 1 assessment is given in the 5th grade year, the level 2 assessment is given in the 8th grade year, and the level 3 assessment is given in the confirmation year. The assessment results are intended to assist parishes and schools in designing programs to meet the needs of the people they serve, and are meant as a tool for enhancement and growth. It is important that the students taking this assessment are well-rested, have eaten a proper dinner, take their time, and try their best.

2. Service Projects

Food and Personal Care Products Drives

During the months of November for Thanksgiving and December for Advent, as well as during Lent, students are asked to bring food and personal care items with them to each lesson to help our local neighbors in need. The collected items will be donated locally to Middleton Outreach Ministry.

Box of Joy Project

Items to fill shoeboxes as Christmas gifts for children in need overseas will be collected during the lessons in October. Items of need include school supplies, personal care products, and toys. The boxes will be assembled by the students, then delivered in time to reach the overseas children by Christmas.

Lenten Fundraiser

Our Lenten service project is a fundraising challenge to support a particular international cause. The Confirmation students and parish youth group help determine which cause to support each year. Past efforts have supported the “Savior of the World” Catholic Orphanage in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and the “Feed My Sheep” Kids Against Hunger project. Suggestions on new causes to support are always welcome!

Safe Environment

The first week of November has been proclaimed by Bishop Morlino as Safe Environment Education Week for the children throughout the Diocese of Madison. During this important week, every Diocesan school and parish religious education program in the Diocese of Madison will provide learning opportunities to help their students develop the vocabulary and boundary distinctions necessary to ensure their personal health and safety. These lessons are part of the program, “Valuing God’s Gifts in Ourselves and Others”, which was promulgated on August 15, 2007. This is the Diocese of Madison’s official instrument for providing education and training about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children.

The lesson plans are accessible through the Diocese of Madison website on the Office of Safe Environment webpage by clicking on this link.

Grade Lesson Plan
1st Grade Download Lesson Plan
2nd Grade Download Lesson Plan
3rd Grade Download Lesson Plan
4th Grade Download Lesson Plan
5th Grade Download Lesson Plan
6th Grade Download Lesson Plan
7th Grade Download Lesson Plan
8th Grade Download Lesson Plan
9th Grade Download Lesson Plan
19th Grade Download Lesson Plan
Internet Safety Unit – Grades 6 & 7 Download
Internet Safety Unit – Grades 9 & 10 Download

Virtus – Adult Safe Environment Program

The Diocese of Madison requires that every adult interacting with children has a background check and participates in the Virtus Safe Environment training. This training is designed to raise abuse awareness and empower organizations to control risk factors, with the goal of improving the lives of all those who interact with the Church. The Virtus training consists of watching a video and participating in a discussion. The 2-3 hour training classes are offered at various times throughout the year. More information is available at:  http://www.virtus.org/virtus/

Grade Link
1st Grade Diocesan Standards Download
2nd Grade Diocesan Standards Download
3rd Grade Diocesan Standards Download
4th Grade Diocesan Standards Download
5th Grade Diocesan Standards Download
6th Grade Diocesan Standards Download
7th Grade Diocesan Standards Download
8th Grade Diocesan Standards Download

Prayers to Know

Vocabulary to Know

Glossary Link

3. Youth Ministry

Parish Youth Group

Launched in 2015, the parish youth group is youth-driven and invites all middle and high school students to their events that focus on faith, friendship, and fun! The group usually meets the first Saturday of every month after the 4:30 PM Mass at St. Peter’s, with some exceptions for holidays, breaks, etc.

Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus, meaning “Totally Yours”, is a summer Catholic youth program offered by the Diocese of Madison that is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. A team of four young adults travel around to different hosting parishes in the summer to put on this week-long program. The goal is to ignite as many hearts as possible with a greater and deeper love for Christ. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity offered right here at St. Peter’s!

Little Flowers Girls Club

The Little Flowers Girls’ Club is a Catholic club for girls ages 5 and up that teaches virtues through scripture, the lives of the saints, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, while having a lot of fun! Inspired by the spirituality of St. Therese, the “Little Flower”, this club is an opportunity for young girls to strive for Heaven with the support of one another and the fun incentive of earning badges along the way. The group meets monthly through the school year in the lower level of St. Peter Catholic School, and is always open to new members!

Diocesan Youth Ministry Opportunities

Camp Gray Summer Camp
Camp Gray Adventure Days
Frassati Fest
Love Begins Here