Youth Education

St. John-Sacred Heart Parish

offers Religious Education classes as part of the Tri-Parish

faith community of St. John-Sacred Heart,

St. Mary Help of Christians and St. Mary of the Seven Dolors.


We like to think of our religious education as a Family Program, “Journeying Together in our Faith”. Parents are asked to participate in their child’s religious education through attending mass and various program activities, workbook assignment review, family events and other suggested opportunities.

Our religious education families benefit from:

  • Catechists who are caring and eager to share their faith as the Holy Spirit fills their hearts with grace and wisdom

  • The Christ Our Life Program series which employs the spiral curriculum.  A program for each grade level that builds upon previous ones, following a pattern of continuous growth in depth and scope.  At the heart of the Christ Our Life Program is a harmonious integration of Scripture, Tradition, and action. Scripture is centered between Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer.

  • A choice of two class locations for Grades 5K through 9 – Sherwood or Hilbert

Classes are held as follows:


Grades 5K – 9, Sept. - March
Every Wednesday • 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
St. John-Sacred Heart – Sherwood School site
and St. Mary Help of Christians, Hilbert


Confirmation Grades 10 & 11, Sept. - March
Grade Alternate Wednesdays Beginning Sept. 18 • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
St. John-Sacred Heart – Sherwood School site


OPTION***    Sunday Night Catechism
Grades 6-9, Sept. - March
Youth Alpha with Classroom Activities
Light Meal Included
 Sunday Evening • 5:00 pm - 7:45 pm
St. John-Sacred Heart - Sherwood School site


In addition to class time, students are also given the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the celebration of Mass with their families and catechists throughout the religious education study year

  • Share in activities between classes, service projects, holy day concerts and family events.

The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are received in the second grade – sacramental preparation begins with Religious Education in Grade 1 and continues in Grade 2. Child must be baptized prior to receiving First Reconciliation.


The sacrament of Confirmation is received in Grade 11, with completion of religious education from Grades 1 through Grade 10.  Parents are required to participate in sacramental preparation through periodic parent sessions and home study.

Please contact our Religious Education Coordinator if you have questions regarding sacrament preparation.

If you are interested in volunteering to become a Catechist for the Religious Education Program, please contact our Religious Education Coordinator.  We are always looking for positive, motivated Catholic role models for our youth!

Candace Gehl

RE Religious Education


Office: 920-439-1500