Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in the religious upbringing of your children. We are here to help and support you in the role as primary educators of your children. This is a great responsibility but one that brings an amazing grace from God. Please feel free to contact us so we can be of assistance to you.
Religious Education Classes (2020-2021):
Welcome to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Religious Education program for 2020-2021!
Our current catechetical year for faith formation looks a bit different due to our restrictions, but we are very excited to continue to be involved in the children’s faith journeys in partnership with their families.
To prepare for Covid-19 eventualities, we are using a new program called A Family of Faith. This program allows for us to meet with children from each family at once (no separation by grade). This enables us to maximize our space by grouping families together, while social distancing in the SEAS Social Hall.
In the event of a lockdown, A Family of Faith can continued to be used at home with instruction given in the parent guide, and guidance from your children’s catechist.
As for safety protocols, in accord with Diocesan guidelines, temperature checks will be performed at the door and face coverings are required for all those 5 years of age and older. Also, please review the entrance questions posted under the “Announcements” section to make sure that your family can answer “no” to the required conditions. The questions are also posted on the social hall entrance doors.
Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation/Holy Communion: In the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we encounter our Risen Lord who offers us His forgiveness and His love. Teaching children the beauty of this sacrament, and how much God wants to forgive us and welcome us back when we go astray, is a beautiful gift that will help your child throughout their life. The preparation for this Sacrament, also known both as Confession and Penance, is done as a communal effort between the family and the parish for those baptized students of catechetical age and is in addition to their grade level religious education program. Parents, as primary teachers of the faith, are strongly encouraged to work with their children by using resources provided and by discussing the sacrament at home. Classes and parent meetings for both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are now underway. If you have questions, please reach out to Religious Education Volunteer, Michelle Boyer at: 334-379-9308.
Reminder: Diocesan Safe Environment Regulations – Code of Conduct with Minors #7: “Parents have a right to observe programs and activities in which their children are involved. Parents, who desire to participate in or have continuous contact with their child’s programs at school or the parish, must fulfill the requirements of the volunteer background screening process and safe environment training.”
If you would like more information on the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Protecting God’s Children/Safe Environment Program, please click here.
Any parent with questions or who is in need of assistance with signing up for Safe Environment training, please contact the SEAS Parish Office at 804-932-4125 or visit the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Virtus Program Page.