Religious Education Program and Sacramental Preparation

Religious Ed at St. Gertrude's

For children in grades 1-8 who attend public or non-Catholic private schools, the Religious Education program provides a faith community for children and their families as they awaken, nourish, and deepen their awareness of God's presence in all things. 

The goal of the Religious Education program at Saint Gertrude is to teach children to listen for and respond to God's invitation to love. 

In class, students and teachers work to: 

  • Understand that everyone is loved and treasured by God.
  • Live the lessons of Jesus Christ - loving God with your whole heart and loving your neighbors as yourself.
  • Build a deeper personal relationship with God through prayer and reflection.
  • Learn to pray as an individual and as part of a community. 
  • Discover ways to love and serve others in our day-to-day lives. 
  • Appreciate what it means to be part of a welcoming, loving community that cares for and respects people from all walks of life.
  • Deepen their knowledge of the Catholic tradition.

The Religious Education program begins in September and concludes in May. Classes for the 2018-2019 school year are held on Sunday mornings from 8:30-9:45 am. A schedule for the year is available below. 

Classes are taught by volunteer catechists and overseen by Jim Potthast, the Family Minister.     

Sacramental preparation is an integral part of the curriculum for second and eighth grades. Students must have completed two full consecutive years of class before celebrating their First Communion or the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

2018-2019 Religious Education Schedule

2018-2019 Religious Education Family Masses and Kids Word Calendar (pdf)