“Parents have the unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators or catechists. They teach by their witness of the faith, through their values and attitudes, by their Christian example of love for Christ and his church. When children are baptized, parents accept the responsibility to raise their children in the practice of the faith…”
CCD classes are held on Sunday mornings for 45 minutes during the school year. These classes are held at St. Jude and also at Immaculate Conception. The Catechists (Religion Teachers) follow the Diocesan curriculum based on grade level expectations. Lessons are planned just as in other academic subjects, and weekly attendance is required.
Adults interested in becoming members of the Catholic Church participate in a program called RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). St. Jude Parish and Immaculate Conception Parish conduct a joint RCIA program.
The RCIA includes unbaptized individuals preparing for baptism in the Catholic Church as well as baptized Christians interested in coming into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The program includes teaching, worship and prayer for a period of a year or more. The participants are helped along their spiritual journey by a sponsor and the support of the parishioners.