Each day of the week presents the opportunity for students who attend the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford to experience Catholic culture integrated throughout the curriculum. On weekends, we offer Continuing Catholic Development (CCD), or Faith Formation, classes for younger parish children who may or may not attend one of our schools. Traditionally, parishes offer these Religious Education classes on Sundays or Saturdays for family accessibility.
What are the benefits of sending your children to Religious Ed classes?
To begin with, for very young children, it may often be difficult to comprehend what is happening in a sermon or during the Mass because they are designed on a level that kids cannot yet understand (making it hard for them to sit quietly and pay attention). Religious Ed, on the other hand, teaches the same concepts and values as Mass, but in a fun way that is geared towards the students’ ages and levels of understanding. These classes engage students through song, books, and games — all while reinforcing the religious truths learned during the week and catering to the 7 types of learning styles.
On a social level, attending Religious Ed classes helps children make friends in an atmosphere of positivity and love. In fact, the classes become mini communities themselves where students can ask questions and discuss their beliefs with like-minded peers. There they’ll come to understand that they are a part of a much larger congregation that is equally as loving and supportive — a congregation that they will look forward to joining for community activities and eventually Mass.
On a higher level, Religious Education jumpstarts young children’s connection with God. Kids are generally more receptive than adults are, and if a bond with God is established and a Catholic identity is formed early, they are both likely to last a lifetime.
Last, but certainly not least, Religious Ed classes promote the same feelings of well-being, peace, and hope, as well as desire for good behavior that you experience when you attend Mass. And when your young children understand Mass better, it may become even more peaceful for you. (That’s not a bad added bonus.)
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