Kindergarten- 8th Grade

Religious Education Programs

Parents are the first and most important teachers and examples of our Catholic beliefs and so we are counting on you to be involved in your child’s faith formation.

Religious Education begins when a child enters the 1st grade and continues through Confirmation.

Continuous participation in religious education classes through and beyond the sacrament years will nourish their spiritual growth in our faith.

Children who are finishing Kindergarten this year should be enrolling their children this summer for the 24-25 school year.

Classroom Program

Space is limited

Grades 1-6

Pick a Day

Monday or Tuesday

  • September- February
  • 5:00-6:30 pm
  • Family Enrichment programs for the entire family throughout the school year, l(ast one will be held in April). We will schedule them either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 5-6:30pm and no class will be held.

Classes starts the week of September 16th , 2024

& ends the week of February 10th, 2025

Family Enrichments last until April.

*we no longer have two semesters.

Home-Based Family Program

Grades K- 6

Great opportunity to share your faith with your children at your own pace and on your own schedule.

  • Monthly turn in dates for work completed.(October-April)
  • Each child receives a grade-specific workbook and a syllabus. 
  • Link to online help for each chapter.
  • Work with your child to focus on Bible stories and vocabulary words.
  • Family Enrichment programs for the entire family throughout the school year, (last one will be held in April). They will be on Monday or Tuesday nights from 5-6:30pm.

Books will be picked up at a later date.

For information or questions about our Kindergarten through 6th grade program email Michelle Kustarz mkustarz@sjvshelby.org

We follow the Utica Community School calendar, so when they do not have class we do not.

In person Program

7th grade and up

Confirmation is a 2 year program to help prepare your child with the knowledge of the Catholic faith and how they can live out their faith in their daily lives. 

Which program do I register for?

  • You will register for year ONE if…
    • Your child is in 7th grade.
    • Your child is in 8th grade and has not completed Year One.
  • You will register for year TWO if…
    • You have completed year one of the confirmation prep. 
    • Your child completed 7th grade religious ed in another parish. 

Year ONE Students: 

  • Confirmation students are in person only. We do not offer a home study program for the Confirmation program. 
  • Year 1 is run from September-April. 
  • From September -January students will meet weekly on Monday or Tuesday.
    • Students will choose either Monday from 7-8:30 or Tuesday from 5-6:30.
    • Once they choose a day, that will be their day from September-January. 
  • From February-April we will have a once a month parent/student night.
    • The day is yet TBD for the parent/student night but we will offer two options to attend. 

Year TWO Students: 

  • Confirmation students are in person only. We do not offer a home study program for the Confirmation program. 
  • Year 2 is run from September-April. 
  • From September-January students will meet weekly for a small group.
    • Small groups are offered at a variety of times and are held Monday-Wednesday. You will pick one day and time to attend for the entire year. 
  • From February-April we will have a once a month parent/student night.
    • If you have a child in year 1 and in year 2, these meetings will be the same meeting, meaning you can attend the parent/student night with both of your children, the one in year 1 and the one in year 2. 
    • The day is yet TBD for the parent/student night but we will offer two options to attend. 
  • April/May Students will attend a Confirmation retreat at St. John Vianney to receive their red Confirmation journals. 
  • May-August students work on their journals at home. 
  • They will make their Confirmation in the Fall of 2025

For information or questions about our Grade 7/8 program email Carly Fleury at cfleury@sjvshelby.org

Shine Program (Special Needs)

For those children who are unable to learn with a traditional structured curriculum and have received a special needs diagnosis, we offer an “adaptive curriculum” for Religious Education as well as sacramental prep.  Please email Michelle Kustarz.

For information about our Religious Ed program,

email Michelle Kustarz at mkustarz@sjvshelby.org