Sacred Heart offers catechesis for children from Preschool (ages 3-5) through 8th grade. Our catechists and students share and grow in faith as they journey together. Our primary text for grades 1-8 is
Be My Disciples
, from RCL -Benzinger. Our focus is to help our children grow each year in the four areas of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- We Believe (Creed)
- We Worship (Liturgy & Sacraments)
- How We Live (Morality)
- We Pray (Prayer)
The Religious Education Offices are located in the Michigan Building. For more information on any program please call: (313) 565-1020.
We have a dedicated teaching staff at Sacred Heart School and volunteer Catechists for our evening & weekend programs who are trained to help lead our children in learning and experiencing the Catholic faith. Their involvement and commitment to Religious Education is truly an inspiration. We welcome the involvement of parents in all of our programs.
In the Sunday Preschool Program, designed for children ages the basic concepts of our relationships with God and the world are explored. Through Scripture, stories, videos, songs, and crafts, catechists introduce our youngest Catholics to an experience of their faith.
These sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings during the 9:30 AM Mass.
Beginning with Grade 1 through 6th grade, the children experience God on a deeper level. We use texts that approach religious education from a spiraling format. At each grade level, children will engage in lessons relating to the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church-Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer-thereby allowing them to build on their beliefs from year to year.
These sessions are held weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Summer Religious Education Program
We recognize that schedule issues sometimes make participation in our weekly Religious Education
Programs difficult. For those who prefer, we offer a daytime summer religious education program. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the third week of June. Families participating in this program also make a commitment to five out of eight ongoing faith formation activities, such as our
Generations of Faith
sessions and other specific family events during the school year. Contact the Religious Education Office for information on this program.
Middle School Students
Our Middle School Program (grades 7-8) allows students to experience and engage in their faith outside of school through a Youth Ministry-based model including group learning and sharing, various prayer experiences, annual CYO W.I.N.D Youth Conference, discipleship and service opportunities, social justice experiences, retreats, and hands-on creative projects all connecting to key topics of interest to middle school youth and connecting also to their Catholic faith. We also offer additional activities for this age group through a Youth Ministry based program called J.A.M.S. (Jesus and Middle School Students).
Middle School Faith Formation sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The main text used is the
Catholic Handbook for Middle School Students and covers topics such as Jesus Christ, the Sacraments, the Church and the Holy Spirit, Morality, and the Eucharist.