Religious Education

Let the little children come to me.

In Christ’s own words we are beckoned to draw the little ones to Him.  It is in this spirit that the Director and volunteer teachers of the Religious Education Program strive to find each student where he/she is in their faith life and encourage them to take steps closer to God. All children are welcome to participate in the Religious Education Program. The purpose of this program is to aid parents in their primary role as catechists by providing a welcoming faith-based learning environment. The Catholic Church recognizes that as parents, you are the primary educators of your children in the faith. We are not seeking to substitute or replace the formation that takes place in the home, but are here to assists, support, and supplement the learning that is already occurring. We look forward to working with you as you educate your children in the Catholic Faith. May God who has begun the good work in us, bring it to completion!


Our Teaching Team

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TERI LAUWERS

Teri Lauwers is the Director of Religious Education and the Liturgical Coordinator at St. Joseph.  She has been a member of the parish for over 30 years.

Though Teri has been involved in many ministries, she started first with teaching Religious Education as a volunteer.  Teri was then hired as the Religious Education Assistant.  Over the past 20 years or so, she has moved to the running the Religious Education Program, creating a Youth Ministry program, the Adult Education and RCIA programs, running Vacation Bible School, coordinating the liturgies at the masses, coordinating the training of liturgical ministers, teachers and facilitators for RCIA and RE programs, organizing retreats, organizing many of the fund raising, outreach and parish events. Her full bio can be found here.

Teri can be reached at teril@stjoegold.org

Teachers

Our teaching staff is made up of a wonderful group of volunteers who dedicate many hours every year to preparing lessons and engaging the youth of St. Joseph in fun, faith-filled curriculum. 


Our School-Year Program

The Religious Education Program follows a recognized curriculum that is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A variety of texts, including supplementary materials approved for use in religious education, are used at the various grade levels. The Catechism has been traditionally divided into four sections. These sections are: the Creed, the Sacraments (Liturgy), Morality (Ten Commandments and Beatitudes), and Prayer (the Our Father). They are called pillars to illustrate the reality that they uphold our Catholic Identity. They are the foundation of our Catholic Faith, which is unique and universal.

Classes will start September 13th and run through April (following the schedule in the Parent Handbook)

  • Preschoolers through 4th grade will meet Tuesdays 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
  • 5th grade and older will meet Tuesdays 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Students in Middle School and High School are part of our Youth Ministry, which you can find out more about here.

Registration for Religious Education

Classes start in September. Registration forms can be found in the bulletin during August, and although we do not have online registration currently, you can print the form below. Forms can be returned to the Parish Office. Please contact Teri Lauwers at teril@stjoegold.org or 303-279-4464 if you have any questions or need to register mid-year.


Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is held in June. Registration forms are in the Bulletin in late May and can also be found in the Parish Office during that time. Middle schoolers and high schoolers help teach our younger students about their faith in a fun and exciting way that follows a new theme each year.


OTHER YOUTH PROGRAMS