Our mission is to prayerfully lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and, to do so in such a way that true conversion and a genuine transformation of hearts, beliefs and behaviors occurs. We want to form intentional disciples.

We accomplish this mission by:

1. Offering engaging Catholic faith formation for children and families, staffed by caring and trained volunteers.

2. Preparing children and adults to become missionary disciples.

3. Creating opportunities for enriching faith formation for people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of understanding.

Religious Education Classes

Religious Education classes are offered for Pre-K (4 yrs old) through 8th grade. Weekly options are available that meet on Sundays, and Thursdays. This year we have several different options, including middle school semesters!

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017-2018 Calendar

YOU MUST READ THIS BEFORE REGISTERING

Registration is made possible through ParishSoft. We are mandated by the archdiocese to use this system. This may take time in the beginning, but it will GREATLY benefit you in the long run.

You can click on the instructions below the “register now” button to get step-by-step HELP on how to register.  By signing up as a member of St. John Parish, (BE SURE TO SELECT OUR PARISH NOT THE ARCHDIOCESE) you will be able to completely control your registration here at the parish, your contact information, your giving . . . everything. So, the very first thing you need to go is sign up as a “new user.” When you sign up, an email request will be sent to Lina (our administrative assistant) who will approve your registration, then you will be able to sign up for faith formation. DO NOT WORRY IF YOUR APPROVAL DOES NOT COME RIGHT AWAY!! YOUR REGISTRATION WILL OCCUR IN THE ORDER IT WAS RECEIVED! This is especially true for those of you who will sign up during the hours we are closed. 

If you are not a member of St. John, and would like to register for our classes, an additional fee of $100.00 will be added to your registration fee and you can simply download the form and email it to Lina Ocasio and mail a check to the parish office.

**We reserve the right to cancel classes/sessions with LOW enrollment!

PAY NOW!

(This is an older system, you scroll to the bottom and select “Religious Education” and calculate what you should pay)

Confused? Email Lina at locasio@sjwest.org to request a fillable form.

Classes Options:

SUNDAY SESSION 1- 9:00am-10:15am Grades Available for Weekly Meetings: PreK, K, 1st-5th grade + RCIA + Middle School Sessions + Confirmation

Middle School Semester Options for 6th-8th Grade (choose only 1 semester). This will meet at the same time as the younger students, but for intensive Out-of-the-Box faith formation! What does that mean? We are breaking out of book work, lectures and sitting in classrooms. These Sunday sessions will be whole group based, with SOUND CATHOLIC TEACHING from the catechism, activities, Catholic experiences like Adoration, confession and Mass that will focus on leading kids into a relationship with Christ, not just pushing them through the conveyor belt of “CCD.” The old way of faith formation is on its way out– its time to do something new!

FALL Session: October 1st-November 19th, 2017

WINTER Session: February 4th– March 25th, 2018

SUNDAY SESSION 2- 10:45am-12:00pm Grades Available for Weekly Meetings: PreK, K, 1st-5th grade + Middle School Session options

Middle School Semester Options for 6th-8th Grade (choose only 1 semester). This will meet at the same time as the younger students, but for intensive Out-of-the-Box faith formation!

FALL Session: October 1st-November 19th, 2017

WINTER Session: February 4th– March 25th, 2018

(kids only attend 1 of the above!)                                                 

THURSDAY SESSION- 5:00pm-6:15pm PreK-8th grade

HOME STUDY- 6:45-8:00pm (1st Wed) 1st-8th grade [Because of the middle school semesters that have been added we will be limiting home study– plus the Middle School session is condensed]

Monthly Classes

We call these classes Home Study (They are not homeschool—but it’s confusing!) These are our religious education classes that meet once a month and do the work at home.

So how does this monthly thing work?

With Home Study, parents work with their children at home and help them to complete the chapters every month. Then, during the one monthly class, the students will have their book reviewed and the teacher will lead a review of the chapters the students should have completed at home. Class sizes are kept to a minimum. Home Study wil be limited this year because we have added the Middle School semesters. There is a possibility that everyone seeking Home Study will NOT be accommodated so please register as soon as registration is open. If your child does not get into Home Study, he or she must attend a regular Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday session! We have added a later Sunday session!

Home Study is not available for Confirmation classes!

Home Study Logistics:

1st Wednesday of the Month in St. John School Building from 6:45-8:00pm
Available for 1st-8th grade students (who have been in Religious Ed. for prior year)

Cost:

1 Child……..$ 75.00
2 Children…$125.00
3 or more Children …$140.00

Tuition Explained!

Tuition can be paid online– BUT IT IS NOT part of the sign-up process. After registering, you MUST go to the “Giving” tab at the top of the main website (www.sjwest.org) and go to “Donate NOW.”  You will immediately be moved to our donation site. Scroll to the bottom and huighlight “Religious Education Tuition,” calculate what you owe and pay that amount. You may also mail us a check: Attn: Lina Ocasio, 43 Monroe Street, Westminster, MD 21157

WEEKLY SESSION TUITION: *If you have a child in weekly classes AND one selecting a middle school semester—use this payment calculator:

1 CHILD- $100.00

2 CHILDREN- $165.00

3 OR MORE CHILDREN- $200.00

ADD $20.00 if you are registering a 2nd grader (Sacramental Prep Fee)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SEMESTER & HOME STUDY TUITION:

1 CHILD- $75.00

2 CHILDREN-$125.00

3 OR MORE-$140.00

ADD $20.00 if you are registering a 2nd grader (Sacramental Prep Fee)

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is open to 8th-11th graders (8th graders must be registered in an 8th grade class AS WELL AS a Confirmation class-they may choose to attend a semester session which will count). Yes, this means they need to take two classes (which is why half of our students wait until 9th grade). Confirmation classes do not begin until January!

Confirmation Options:

Sunday 9:00am-10:15am

Tuesday 4:30pm-5:45pm

Thursday 5:00pm-6:15pm

Confirmation TUITION:

1 CHILD……..$100.00

2 CHILDREN… $180.00

Youth Faith Formation

Nursery

The parish nursery is available during the 8:45 am and the 10:30 am Masses for children under 6 years old. The nursery is located in the St. Mark room of the school. The room is right across from the religious education office. Parishioners should enter the school through the entrance that is directly across from the portico. When religious education is in session, parents will have to sign in and then make their way to the nursery. Children are watched by a trained professional, given a beeper and age-appropriate activities and toys are available. Parents of young children are asked to bring a diaper bag.

Children’s Liturgy

Takes place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on the first Sunday of the month. Students who are in 4th grade or older can participate as lectors. All children are invited into the sanctuary for the homily. This group also puts on the 4:30 pm Christmas Pageant at the Christmas Eve mass in the Church every year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

All children, ages 4-8 years old, are invited to participate in this monthly offering at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The celebrant invites the children to briefly move to a designated location for a special Liturgy of the Word, adapted for them, with a homily and Prayer of the Faithful. Afterward, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, the children rejoin their families for the remainder of the Liturgy.

Boy Scouts

St. John parish sponsors a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troop #420 – For boys aged 10/12 to 18 years of age. The Troop meets at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the cafeteria of St. John School. For more information contact Chris Joneckis 410-795-0069 / joneckis@comcast.net

Cub Scouts

St. John sponsors a Cub Scout Pack #420 – For boys in grades 1-5. Pack meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month, from September through May at 6:30 p.m. Den meetings are held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Myers.

CYO Basketball

CYO Boys & Girls Travel Basketball

Parish-sponsored league for players in grades 4 through 8 interested in representing the St. John School Eagles throughout the Baltimore Archdiocese. Tryouts are held in the St. John School gymnasium in September. Adult volunteers, please call the CYO League coordinator. Contact?……………

Intramural Girls and Boys Basketball

Boys’ Intramural

St. John sponsors the program in conjunction with the Carroll County Dept. of Recreation and Parks. Over 500 boys play on 45 teams. Teams are composed of students in K-2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th-6th grades, and 7th-9th grades. Practices begin in mid-October, with games scheduled from December through March. The program is staffed by volunteers. An annual benefit is held to augment the registration fee. Contact?…………..

Girls Intramural

A parish sponsored league for girls in K through 9th grades. Practices begin in mid-February, with games scheduled from March through May. The program is staffed by volunteers. Registration cost is $42. Contact John Payne via email at jpayne6467@gmail.com.