Religious Education

Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is now available! Sign up today!

Maria Centeno - Director of Religious Education - (301) 262-2227 x 5 - [email protected]

Ascension provides religious education for children in grades K through 8th
who attend either public school or non-Catholic private school.  

The parish also schedules required events and sessions for those who are preparing to receive the sacraments
of First Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, including parishioners
who attend Catholic school and homeschoolers.  

If you are new to the parish or if you have not participated in religious education before,
we invite you to explore this page or to call the parish to find out more about opportunities for your family.  

For those who are regular participants in our program, welcome back!

 

Children's Religious Education Schedule and Registration

Classes for children in grades K-8 are held Sundays, September 8th through May 17th, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass is included within this time frame, at which all students are expected to attend each week with their families). Children must be registered (with payment) to attend classes.  No one will be admitted to class who is not registered and paid. Financial assistance is available.

SCHEDULE

2019-2020 SCHEDULE (Click link to the left to open this year's Religious Education calendar)

FEES

  • $50 per child until September 15
  • $70 per child from September 15- December 8
  • First Communion and Confirmation see under specific sacrament below

Registration is online and electronic payment is to be made via the secure website PayPal. Please be assured that your private information is safe with PayPal.

REGISTRATION -  Click HERE to register if you are in grades K, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 (if you are in the sacramental years of 2nd or 8th, see the link for Sacramental Online Registration below). All registrations are collected online through the secure website Wufoo.  Please be assured that your private information is safe with Wufoo. Note: your computer must have JavaScript installed to access the form.  If you cannot open the link below, please check to be sure that you have JavaScript (it is easy to install JavaScript).  Please be ready to make your online payment at the time you register or you will lose your registration information.

 

Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion

Children generally receive these sacraments in the second grade (If you have a child who is in a higher grade and has not received these sacraments, please call the Director of Religious Education at (301) 262-2227 to develop a special plan for preparation).  Children who wish to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion are strongly expected to have attended either two years of religious education or two years of Catholic school prior to receiving the Sacrament.

The first reception of the Sacrament of Penance takes place on Saturday, February 29, 2020 and the first reception of the Sacrament of Holy Communion will occur on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  

First Penance/First Holy Communion Schedule of Events

All Religious Education students are expected to come on a weekly basis to Religious Education classes (see calendar above). In preparation for the sacraments, four of these class days will be special Sacramental Preparation classes (dates to be released soon) which are mandatory for all students enrolled in Religious Education classes, St. Pius X Regional School, other Catholic schools, and all homeschoolers. The Day of Reflection and rehearsals are also mandatory for all the above groups.

First Penance/First Holy Communion Fees

  • $100 for children who attend Ascension religious education (includes RE classes) - must be registered by October 1
  • $50 for Ascension children who attend Catholic school or are homeschooled - must be registered by October 1
  • Financial Assistance is available for all in need: please contact Maria Centeno at [email protected] for more details.

First Penance/First Holy Communion Registration

All registrations are collected online through the secure website Wufoo.  Please be assured that your private information is safe with Wufoo. Note: your computer must have JavaScript installed to access the form.  If you cannot open the link below, please check to be sure that you have JavaScript (it is easy to install JavaScript).  Please be ready to make your online payment at the time you register or you will lose your registration information.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

Young people generally receive this sacrament in the eighth grade (If you have a child who is in a higher grade and has not received this sacrament, please call the Dirctor of Religious Education to develop a special plan for preparation.).  Young people who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are strongly expected to have attended either two years of religious education or two years of Catholic school prior to receiving the Sacrament.

The date for administering the Sacrament of Confirmation will be announced as soon as we hear back from the Bishops' office.

Confirmation Schedule of Preparation Sessions and Events

See the 2019-2020 Religious Education calendar linked above for a complete list of classes.

New this year, per the Rel. Ed. calendar, all 8th graders must attend the 2-hour Sacramental Prep classes which take place every other Wednesday during the school year, September through May. This includes all Religious Education students, as well as those who attend St. Pius X Regional School or other Catholic schools, and homeschoolers.

Please note: Our program includes a mandatory day-trip in the Fall (October-November) and weekend retreat in the spring (late March-early April). We will release details for these events as soon as we receive confirmation from the away sites.

Confirmation Fees

  • $100 for students who attend Ascension religious education (includes RE classes) - must be registered by October 1st.
  • $100 for Ascension students who attend St. Pius X school or other Catholic schools, and homeschoolers - must be registered by October 1st.
  • Financial Assistance is available for all in need: please contact Maria Centeno at [email protected] for more details.

Confirmation Registration

All registrations are collected online through the secure website Wufoo.  Please be assured that your private information is safe with Wufoo. Note: your computer must have JavaScript installed to access the form.  If you cannot open the link below, please check to be sure that you have JavaScript (it is easy to install JavaScript).  Please be ready to make your online payment at the time you register or you will lose your registration information.

Please register here: SACRAMENTAL ONLINE REGISTRATION

Homeschoolers

All homeschoolers must register with the parish office as such, for our records. Please call DRE Maria Centeno at (301) 262-2227 or via email at [email protected] to do so.

In preparation for the Sacraments of Penance and First Communion, all second graders of the parish, including homeschoolers and those enrolled in Catholic schools, must attend the four Sacramental Prep classes that will be held throughout the year, as well as the Day of Reflection and all rehearsals. The dates of the Sacramental Prep sessions will be: November 17, February 9, March 15, and April 26. Please enroll your child by October 1st via the registration link above (entitled Sacramental Online Registration in the "Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion" section).

New policy this year - In preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, all 8th graders of the parish, including homeschoolers and those enrolled in Catholic schools, must attend our Sacramental Prep sessions held on every other Wednesday throughout the year, September through May, as well as the day-trip in the Fall and retreat in the Spring. Please see the calendar above for a list of dates, and please enroll your child via the registration link above (entitled Sacramental Online Registration in the "Sacrament of Confirmation" section).

Religious Education Wish List 2019-2020

As we gear up for the upcoming school year, there are a few supplies we still need to acquire in order to be fully prepared for the school year. Per the suggestion of some of our parishioners, we have launched a SignUpGenius list of the materials that still need to be purchased. If you would like to buy any of these supplies and donate them to our Religious Education program, please write your name on the SignUpGenius and drop them off by Wednesday, September 4th to the parish office.

As needs arise, the SignUp-Genius will be updated throughout the year, so please check back from time to time to see what may be needed. Thank you for your generosity and the support you give to the children of our Religious Education program here at Ascension!

Click Link Here: RELIGIOUS EDUCATION WISH LIST 2019-2020