Most Frequently Asked Questions:
What is available for my children or family in religious education?
How do I sign-up?
When do PSR (Parish School of Religion) classes start?
For your convenience, most program schedules, fees and calendars for the year can be found outside the Parish Ministries Office. You are welcome to come in to the Parish Ministries Office to register.
PSR Classes are Kindergarten through grade 5 and meet either on Sundays from 10:15-11:30 am in the school building, or Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 pm. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is offered for PreK students on Fridays, 10:00-11:30 or Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00.
EDGE Middle School Program for our 6 - 8 graders is on Sunday evenings from 6-7:30 in Donnellan Hall. This program focuses on catechetical themes and life issues that affect our youth. There are also recreational and social activities that build community. For more detailed information click on Middle School on the SJN Home Page.
Life Teen – Life nights for high school students are held on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm, following the Life Teen Mass. These evenings help teens deepen their faith and better understand their role as young Catholics today. There is also Wednesday night Pizza and Prayer from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. There is no fee for Life Teen. For more information click on Life Teen on the SJN Home Page.
Confirmation – Confirmation preparation begins in ninth grade. Tenth graders should enroll in Confirmation by completing a green sacramental form. For more detailed information click on Life Teen on the SJN Home Page.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
Second grade children: St. John Neumann offers a sacrament preparation class for second graders in which the classroom focus is specifically on preparing the children to receive Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Children need to have taken a religious education class in first grade to prepare for the second grade sacrament class. These classes meet on Sunday at 10:15 or Wednesday at 6:30. Additionally, parents are asked to attend two parent meetings during the year in which they will hear a teaching on Reconciliation and the Eucharist, and receive a booklet to work on with their child at home. Children will meet on two Saturdays for special retreats on the sacraments as well. There will be a rehearsal before the sacrament of First Communion in the spring.
Third-Fifth grade children: For those children who are in third, fourth or fifth grade and would like to receive the sacraments for the first time, St. John Neumann offers a two year sacrament preparatory program on Sunday mornings at 10:15 and Wednesday evenings at 6:30. Parents will also attend the two parent meetings and receive the booklet to work on at home in the second year of this program. These children will also participate in the two Saturday retreats and the rehearsal in their second year.
If you would like to register your child to prepare for the sacraments, please pick up a yellow sacrament form in the RE office and fill it out along with your child’s class registration form. We will need a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate if he/she was baptized at any church other than St. John Neumann. The class registration fee covers the sacrament program as well.
For specific dates and more information, please click on Sacraments at the SJN homepage.
Special Needs – Classes for those with special needs are on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:15 pm. Contact Linda Mauge in the Religious Education Office for details and to register.
Family Formation – This program is designed to assist families; those with two parents, single parents, and/or grandparents etc. in learning more about their Catholic faith within the format of home lessons, adult teachings and community gatherings. Children’s lessons are written for Pre-K through 5th grade. A separate registration form is required to enroll in this program.
For information, contact Becky Wakim at
. Thank you for your support as we work together to help our families grow in faith.