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Religious Education for Children

Grow, Pray, Serve

Welcome to Ascension Parish! Thank you for your interest in Ascension’s Religious Education Program. The goal of religious education is to help parents nurture in their children a lifelong desire “to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.” (Rite of Baptism) We support parents by creating a learning environment for children beginning at age 3 and continuing through 8th grade.  Our program combines class sessions, celebrations and service in order to pass on a living faith to our children and enhance the overall spirit of the Parish community.

Ascension’s Religious Education is a wonderful and vital ministry of the parish because so many members of the parish serve as catechists, class aides, board members and office volunteers. If you haven’t found a way to be involved at Ascension, please consider joining this amazing ministry. 

We look forward to Growing, Praying, and Serving with you and your family.  

Program Offerings

Ascension offers four unique programs for religious instruction for children in PK3 through 8th grades. Classes are held September - April.  Which program best meets your child’s learning style?

Traditional Religious Education-(TRE) is a text-based faith formation program that uses the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for 1st-5th grade and Catholic Connection Handbook for 6-8th grade.  This program is designed for students to learn about our Catholic faith, teachings and traditions.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd-(CGS) is a Montessori-inspired faith formation program. Our specially trained catechists facilitate the children’s exploration of scriptures, prayers and teachings of the Catholic Church. 

The CGS program has three multi-age levels for children beginning at age 3 through 6th grade.  

Family Faith Formation (FFF) is a monthly inter-generational catechesis where parents and children learn together and from one another. All families of the parish are welcome to attend the potluck gatherings.
Home Study - is an option for FFF participants who commit to attending five out of the six meetings and complete unit tests when due.

Special Religious Development (SPRED) is a one-on-one religious education program that is designed for children with special needs. Ascension’s SPRED program provides religious education and sacramental formation for children ages 6-10.  Please call our office at (708) 848-3099 to learn more and register.