Religious Education

Monday – Wednesday & Friday: 9 am to 4 pm in Parish Center .

During Religious Education in School
Monday and Wednesday: 6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Sunday Mornings: 10:30 am to 12:00 noon
Closed Thursday & Saturday
Other times by appointment

Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm in the Parish Center.


Registration is now in progress. If you have not registered your child/ren, please due so as soon as possible. Please remember one form per student must be completed and returned to the Religious Education Office.

PLEASE NOTE: All registrations will be charged an additional $10.00 late fee per student.

If you intend to have your son/daughter continue with his/her religious education at Ascension Parish, kindly complete a Registration form and return to the Religious Education office or Rectory as soon as possible.

The Ascension Religious Education Staff:

Ascension Religious Education is an important part of the ministry of the Word here at Ascension. We are a dedicated group of catechists, aides, registrars, class mothers, and others, who are committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus to our young people. For many years our work was carried on under the title of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (C.C.D), but we now use the more familiar term, Religious Education.

We offer religious education sessions for children in grades 1-9 who attend public or non-Catholic private schools (Pre-K and Kindergarten groups are also available on an optional basis). Grades 1 through 6 meet for weekly sessions, late September through mid-May, with a choice of either Sunday mornings or Tuesdays after school. Seventh and eighth graders meet twice a month on Monday evenings. The ninth grade Confirmation program meets on Wednesday evenings. Students generally prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in second grade, and for the sacrament of Confirmation in ninth grade. However, to be eligible to prepare for these sacraments students must have completed all prior grades of religious education from first grade on, or an equivalent make-up program.

Our sessions are led by catechists. We call them catechists rather than teachers, because they do more than just teach about faith, they catechize. This means they try to help their groups learn to live their faith, by praying, by recognizing the importance of worship and by putting love of God and neighbor into practice in their daily lives. This is a far different activity than asking children to memorize answers from a catechism, as was done thirty or more years ago. Although we do ask children to memorize certain basics, such as prayers, the Law of Love and the Commandments, much more time is spent reading and talking in a more relaxed fashion about Bible stories, the sacraments, the church, morality, and how these things can help us to find happiness in our everyday lives as God intends.

Consider helping as one of the over 60 volunteers who keep our program going as catechists, aides or other helpers. If you have a child in public school who will be entering grade K or lor who has not previously attended, call the office for information about registration (836- 3085).