Parish School of Religion (PSR)
We want to help you share the love of Christ with your children! Growing in faith means living a life centered on Christ, through active participation in Sunday liturgy (Mass), the sacraments, and generous service to others. The Church of the Gesu is committed to providing the best possible faith formation experiences for your child. Children with strong faith and values do better in school and have happier home lives. We offer a variety of programs to support parents in their role as the primary educators in the ways of our Catholic faith.
Vacation Bible School
One of the busiest weeks of the year here at Gesu is our weeklong extravaganza of creative fun and learning known as Vacation Bible School, (VBS). Children from 4 years to 4th grade sing and dance about Jesus, learn and act out Bible stories, construct Christian-themed crafts, and engage in thematic play, all while being warmly encouraged as children of a loving Father! You won’t want to miss a moment of our annual summer program, guided by a team of volunteers who help to creatively combine learning about God with good, old-fashioned fun! For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at email@example.com.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-like approach to the faith formation of young children, starting with ages 3-6. In CGS, the child’s religious life is a shared experience with a trained catechist in weekly sessions in a shared space called the Atrium. Through CGS, it is the hope that children will come to know Jesus, the Mass, embrace the sacred and grow in their overall faith formation. Sessions begin in September, in the school chapel, on Sundays from 9:15-11:15 am. Spaces are limited to the first 15 and registration will be closed when we reach capacity, at which point you will be put on a waiting list. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSR Grades Pre-K to Grade 5
The Gesu PSR program serves to support parents in the spiritual development and faith formation of their children who attend private and public schools by offering religious instruction and spiritual development. Children in grades Pre-K to 5 gather at Gesu School from 10:00-11:15 am on Sunday mornings. Classes are periodically supplemented by family programs and intergenerational gatherings that foster both parental involvement and a connection with our faith community. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at email@example.com.
PSR Grades 6 to 8
Junior High PSR offers a faith formation program for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 that is engaging and spiritually formative. Our parish community is committed to making the junior high years an inspiring and prayerful experience, helping your son or daughter to grow in the ways of the Lord. Our PSR 6-8 program is an interactive learning model which centers upon Catholic beliefs, scriptures and morality in light of our Ignatian identity. Our primary goal is to help our youth grow in their Catholic faith by incorporating prayer, catechesis, scripture exploration, small group discussions, service opportunities, various media, and hands on experience. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSR Home Schooling Grades 1 to 8
Under certain circumstances, this PSR option offers parents the opportunity to work with their children at home as the primary teachers of the Catholic faith. Parents are responsible for covering all of the textbook material and discussing the topics with their children, on a weekly basis (following closely, the PSR calendar year/curriculum), as they learn their grade-level Catholic social teachings and catechism. Families that choose to participate in this program are still expected to participate in all family-centered PSR Intergenerational events and grade level activities throughout the year, in order to foster a connection with our parish community. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at email@example.com.
PSR High School
It is the mission of our high school PSR program to lead teens closer to Christ through the teachings of Christ and His Church and through the experience of being loved and accepted. High School PSR meets on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:10 am in Gesu School for those teens that are not enrolled in a Catholic high school. This secondary/high school catechetical program follows a four year, rotating curriculum which addresses Christian morality, God and Religion, Jesus and Christianity and finally, the Catholic Church and what it means to be “Catholic” in our world, witnessing to the gospel values. Every teen that wishes to be Confirmed, must be enrolled in either a Catholic high school or Gesu’s High School PSR program. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intergenerational events take place on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:15 am about 4 times this year. These programs are open to anyone in the parish and will take the place of the classroom PSR session on that day. They will involve a diversity of innovative activities and catechetical topics for the whole family and are designed to engage multi-generational levels within the family in order to better hand on our faith stories so that, together, we will grow in faith! We look forward to having you join us for these events. For more information, email Mary von Carlowitz at email@example.com.