Religious Education at MHTP
As a parish that commits itself to living out the spirit of Vatican II, we believe that the formation of our young must be integral and wholesome, and not simply a matter of memorization. Our director of Religious Education has vast experience working with children and overseeing large formation programs that are of the highest quality. Throughout the year, you will find our young involved in classes, parish projects, celebrations, and liturgy.
Please take some time to explore the website to learn more about our religious education program. If you have any questions or would simply like to learn more, don't hesitate to contact Maredith Clack at (520) 884.9021 or via email at Maredith@mhtparish.org
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Vacation Bible School is offered for all children, ages 4 through 10 every summer, usually toward the end of June or early July. Older aged students are encouraged to assist as helpers with games, crews, dramatization etc. High School (Juniors and Seniors) may assist as Leaders and Department Leaders. Commitment is VBS Week, and any planning meetings prior to VBS Week, starting as early as February.
Since the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life, catechesis for the Eucharist recognizes it as the heart of Christian life for the whole church" (NDC pg 124)
Catechesis in preparation for the first reception of the Eucharist should:
Teach that the Eucharist is the living memorial of Christ’s sacrifice for the salvation of all and the commemoration of his last meal with his disciples
Teach not only the truths of faith regarding the Eucharist but also how from First Communion… they can as full members of Christ’s Body take part actively with the People of God in the Eucharist, sharing in the Lord’s table and the community of their brothers and sisters
Ensure that the baptized have been prepared, according to their capacity for the Sacrament of Penance prior to their First Communion at the age of seven or older
Develops in children an understanding of the Father’s love, of their participation in the sacrifice of Christ, and of the gift of the Holy Spirit
That the bread and wine becomes the body and blood of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit and the priest’s words of consecration, spoken first by Jesus during the Last Supper
Teaches the difference between the Eucharist and ordinary bread
Teaches the meaning of reception of the Holy Eucharist under both species of bread and wine
Helps them to participate actively and consciously in the Mass
Helps children to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in an informed and reverent manner
Preparation for First Eucharist is a two consecutive year process usually beginning in the First grade. Children preparing to receive First Eucharist must attend weekly Religious Education Classes and may not exceed more than three absences. Children and parents/guardians must attend a First Communion Day Retreat. First Communion is celebrated in the spring.
Christ healing and reconciling ministry is carried on in the church. God’s unconditional love and mercy is offered through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. By the sacrament of reconciliation we express the desire to be at peace with God and with our brothers and sisters/ “Catechesis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is to precede First Communion and must be kept distinct by a clear and unhurried separation” (NCD#126). Catechesis for the first reception of the Sacrament of penance and Reconciliation should help children to:
- Acknowledge God’s unconditional love and mercy for us
- That they can turn to Christ and the Church for sacramental forgiveness and reconciliation at any time in their faith journey
- Through conscious formation, recognize the presence of good and evil in the world, their personal capacity for both, and develop skill for the discernment of good moral choices
- Recognize that their sins create disconnect in their relationship with God and others
- The sacrament strengthens them to face the consequences of their sin
- Recognizes their need for forgiveness, not only from parents and other close to them, but from God.
- Understand how to celebrate the Rite of Reconciliation
Children preparing to receive First Reconciliation must attend weekly Religious Education Classes and may not exceed more than three absences. Children and parents/guardians must attend a Reconciliation Day Retreat. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is Celebrated in the Winter.
The nursery is open during the 9:00 am Sunday Masses year round. It is staffed by a coordinator and volunteer helpers. The room is also used by various parish groups during parish functions. If you feel called to the Nursery Ministry, please call Maredith
Christian Initiation of children who have reached catechetical age (7) is intended for children and teens, not baptized as infants. Classes are available for the children seeking Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). This is a two year process with the students attending classes and Liturgical rites that are marked by four (4) stages of process within the community of the faithful. Parents also attend some of the sessions. Once fully initiated the children should continue with forming their faith with the support of their parents and through participation in the parish Religious Education Program. See the Director for further information regarding this process.
Most Holy Trinity’s Confirmation preparation process is a two-year program open to high school youth entering the ninth grade and who have received Baptism and Eucharist. The earliest they may be confirmed is in the spring of their Sophomore Year. Each student must register and provide all necessary forms – family information, permission slips, and copy of Baptismal and First Holy Communion certificates. All students preparing to be confirmed must regularly attend Sunday Mass and attend all required Confirmation classes, activities and sessions.
Confirmation 1st Year
- Weekly Formation Classes on Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm
- Ongoing Stewardship & Service Projects
Confirmation 2nd Year
- Weekly Youth Group on Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm
- Ongoing Stewardship & Service Projects
- 8 Catechetical Sessions once a month on the First Sunday of the month 11am-1:00pm
- Weekend Confirmation Retreat in the spring
Offered year round during the 9:00 am & 11:00 am Sunday Masses. Children (ages 4 – 11) are dismissed during the entrance procession and return for the gift procession. At this time the children are invited to stand around the altar with the celebrant. During the Dismissal time, a Catechist, assisted by two aides share the weekly readings at a child’s level. Because we do this weekly, we are always in need of more helpers and Catechists for this rewarding ministry.
Ongoing Religious Education Classes are offered on a weekly basis (see registration form for more details). Our staff and volunteers have committed to meet a child and family where they are; and from there, to help them grow in their faith and relationship with God, the community and the world. This is achieved through weekly Catechetical Formation, seasonal activities that encourage family participation.
Together with parish leadership, the Catechists serve as co-workers in the Ministry of the Word. A Catechist is a teacher, a fellow Christian who gives witness to the faith of the Church by instructing the members of our parish community. The catechist works in conjunction with Child Ministry, Youth Ministry and Adult Ministry in implementing the designated catechetical program. The Diocese of Tucson, the Jordan Ministry Team and Most Holy Trinity offer certified training opportunities almost year round for individuals seeking to further their faith development, sharpen their skills, and become more confident in their Ministry. Generally, this position requires a commitment for the current school year from September through April, with breaks for Christmas and Easter. We always need more and more trained and untrained Catechists. Applications for this ministry are accepted year round.
A Co-catechist is expected to commit for the school year. They attend classes every week and take turns with their fellow Co-Catechist in the classroom on the preparation of weekly lessons.
Teacher aides share in the Ministry of the Word with the catechists. A year long commitment is expected. Aides are always needed.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® knows children face risks every day. That is why NCMEC provides resources to families to help keep their children safer. NCMEC knows teaching children about safety works. Take a look at the resources below to learn more about how to keep your children safer.
If your child is missing
Learn what to do if your child is missing. NCMEC recommends you immediately call your local law enforcement agency and then call NCMEC at 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678).
Child safety and prevention
NCMEC provides safety and prevention resources for families and professionals focusing on abduction, exploitation and Internet safety.
Take 25® Campaign
Learn more about the Take 25 campaign. This campaign encourages families to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and abduction prevention.
Learn more about the Internet safety resources offered by the NetSmartz Workshop. These interactive educational resources help prepare children to be safe online.
Learn more about NetSmartz411, a website providing answers to questions about Internet safety, computers and the Web.
Child ID resources
Learn more about how to prepare a Child ID for your children in the event they are missing. One of the most important pieces of this kit is an up-to-date, good quality photo.
Victim and family support
Learn more about the support services NCMEC provides to victims and families coping with the traumatic experiences of abduction and sexual exploitation.