MISSION STATEMENT

The Mission of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, in partnership with parents, is to provide a strong spiritual environment that nurtures our children and encourages Christian values. Our goal is to bring the children of God at all stages of life into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ through His Church. We endeavor to teach respect for others and self; promote strong leadership skills; develop accountability for our actions; and to grow in the Catholic faith with the ultimate goal of serving God and one another. This is accomplished through evangelization, catechesis, worship and witness.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Parents as the primary educators have already given the young people a love for God and the Catholic faith. The Religious Education Program at Our Lady of Grace Parish is here to assist you with teaching your child about God, the scriptures, and the Church. Our Parish has set a high priority on maintaining a strong Religious Education program. We will strive to create an atmosphere where every child has the opportunity to strengthen his/her relationship with Jesus while growing in his/her knowledge and practice of the Catholic faith. Religious Education classes begin in September and continue until May. Kindergarten through grade 5 meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, grades 6 through High School meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.

YOUTH GROUP

Our mission is to create an environment which leads teenagers into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and His Church. This is the command of Jesus to his first disciples: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." The Youth Group is an ever-changing and vital ministry because it is about teens, for the teens and by the teens. Everything we do is directed toward the evangelization of our young people, leading them to know and love Christ and His Church! We strive to meet these goals by using age appropriate resources to excite, inspire, capture and ignite young people for Jesus, planting seeds of discipleship for our youth to grow into strong Catholic leaders through the message of the Gospel. The Saint John Bosco Youth Center is open for grades 6 and up on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. 

SACRAMENT PREPARATION

The Kindergarten through 8th grade program encompasses preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion). Our Confirmation program is a two year process and is held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:30pm for young adults in grades 9,10,11 and 12. All sacramental preparation for both children and young adults includes meetings with our pastor so that he may assess their progress and assure that the family's expectations are being met. Parents have the primary responsibility to lead their children to Christ and educate them in the faith. Our religious education teachers and teacher assistants volunteer their time and energy to supplement your parental example by sharing the Gospel message and promoting the Catholic faith.

RCIA

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which non-baptized men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for Baptism. In 1974 the Rite for Christian Initiation for Adults was formally approved for use in the United States. If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic or who has been away from the Church, invite them to come to RCIA. For more information contact the parish office.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONTACT INFORMATION- ANGIE HEIRING at 863-453-7537 OR EMAIL

LOCATION-Sarah MacDonald Education Building

A complete listing of forms, schedules, and education department materials can be found on the Forms & Resources Page of the website.