Religious Education Objectives
In keeping with the Mission Statement of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, all those who are called to serve in the catechetical ministry of the church work together to carry out these specific objectives:
- To teach the message of Godís love to children, youth, and adults within the parish community;
- To educate children, youth, and adults in the basic teachings of the Catholic Church;
- To present Christís love and teaching to each person with disabilities in as full and rich a manner as she or he can assimilate; to provide for the religious educational needs of children, youth and adults who, for whatever reason, cannot fit into regular programming;
- To inspire and to motivate a living faith which leads to a deeper understanding of the message of Jesus Christ and a greater desire to follow him;
- To Prepare for and to celebrate the sacramental life of the Church;
- To lead people to holiness through prayer, worship, and apostolic service;
- To Build the parish community of faith by strengthening the faith life of those who are already committed; by reaching out to those who are already committed; by reaching out to those who are hungering for God; and by providing opportunities for continuing spiritual information for all;
- To give witness to the Gospel by loving and compassionate services to others;
- To welcome the rich diversity in age, ethnicity, culture, language and economic background of our parish community and to share our resources at all levels.
Religious Education Classes
Kids Word allows children of elementary age (age 5-10) to hear scripture in a language they can understand. Children are invited to celebrate the word after the opening prayer at the 6:30am and 8:30am Masses. This DOES NOT replace the formal religious education of your child.
Grades K through 8
The Religious Education Program is lectionary-based and encourages children to live the Sunday Gospel message. The program is intended for children in K-8 who attend public or private non-Catholic schools. However, Catholic school children are also invited to attend. Instruction is at age-appropriate levels. Classes are on Sundays (September-May) from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Jr. Youth Ministry
Grades 7 & 8
Jr. Youth Ministry is designed to assist youth in the transition from elementary school to high school. Youth in Grades 7 and 8 are invited to build friendships, share their faith, and discover their gifts and talents through fun activities. The program also includes study of Scripture and exploring the Catholic faith.
Grades 9 and above
The Youth Ministry Program aims to empower the youth in our community to live as disciples of Jesus Christ. This program offers teens in grades 9-12 an opportunity to gather with their peers to share their faith and have fun in a supportive atmosphere. Teens are encouraged to participate in the various activities planned, which include movie Bible study nights, service projects and Windward Vicariate and Diocesan Youth events.
Adult Faith Formation
This program is designed to assist adults, young and old alike, to deepen their relationship with the Lord through various enrichment opportunities. Speakers present various topics related to the life and teachings of the Church.
Men's Scripture Guide Program
This program is for men that wish to gather to share God's word. It will challenge and encourage you to be the man God seeks.
Contact: Michael McCarthy 262-7036
Women Walking With Jesus
A faith sharing group. Members come together weekly to increase their faith awareness and their love for the Lord.
Contact: Margaret Randolph, Sr. Isabel Rabbon, MM 261-1468
Religious Education Director
Phone: (808) 266-2222 Ext. 14
Fax: (808) 266-2229