PreK – Grade 6

At St. Charles Borromeo, we believe that it is first, and foremost, the responsibility of the parents to educate their child/ren in the faith. It is a responsibility that was accepted at the time of your child/ren’s baptism. At St. Charles we also believe that it is our responsibility to support you in this endeavor. The goal is that the children of our parish will come to know, love, and serve our Lord, Jesus Christ through a commitment that lasts a lifetime. With that in mind, the best catechesis will take place in cooperation with one another.

All levels are taught about prayer as talking to God and building a relationship with Him. There are also certain recited prayers they are expected to learn at each level.

Faith Formation classes for preschool through grade six meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. for 26 – 28 Sundays during the school year. See the current Faith Formation calendar for this year’s schedule. formation schedule

Some of the major concepts at each level are…

The children focus on God’s great love and are introduced to the idea of Church as family. They will listen to and experience several Bible stories.

First Grade

Preparation for First Communion and Reconciliation is a two year process. The children will be introduced to the sacraments of initiation as well as Penance. They will continue their exploration of Bible stories with a concentration on creation and on Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

Second Grade

Second grade focuses on preparing the children for the Sacrament of  Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of Eucharist.  They will learn about sin and forgiveness.  The Liturgy of the Mass will be explored in great detail and they will be taught about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  There is also a retreat for First Communicants in April.  . They will learn about sin and forgiveness. The Liturgy of the Mass will be explored in great detail and they will be taught about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. There is also a retreat for First Communicants in April and four required parent meetings.

The parents and guardians of these children meet four times during the year as part of the preparation process.

Third and Fourth Grades

The children learn about the seven sacraments, and expand their knowledge of scripture, sin, Eucharist, and Church. They study about missionaries and what it means to evangelize. The children make banners of the Three Kings prior to Christmas that will be hung in the gym during the Christmas season.

Fifth and Sixth Grades

Students at this level will deepen their understanding of the seven sacraments, of sin and living a virtuous life, living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, and praying the rosary.  A field trip for 5th/6th graders will be held in April alternating between St. John, Indiana where there is a life-sized rendition of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, and another place which may change from year to year.