Religious Education and Family Life in our Elementary Schools
All students in our Catholic elementary schools have Religious Education and Family Life programs as part of their learning.
Religious Education in Catholic schools complements family and parish-based catechesis. At the heart of Christ’s teaching lay the primary goal of the Catholic school, the promotion of the human person in their material and spiritual needs. Religious Education supports our students in developing body, mind and soul. It assists them in understanding the teachings of Jesus Christ, and how these teachings relate to their lives. The program used in our schools was developed by the
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Kindergarten – In God’s Image
Grade 1 – We Belong to God
Grade 2 – We Belong to the Lord Jesus
Grade 3 – In the Spirit We Belong
Grade 4 – Come and See
Grade 5 – May We be One
Grade 6 – You Shall be my Witness
Grade 7 – Believe in Me
Grade 9 – Stand by Me
The Institute for Catholic Education has just released a new elementary provincial
Religious Education curriculum. It will be phased in over the next few years as new resources are produced.
Fully Alive is a Family Life Education program sponsored by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO). Catholic Family Life Education is closely associated with Religious Education. In Ontario Catholic schools, it accounts for 20% of the Religious Education program, and is usually taught once a week.
Family Life Education, as it is represented in the resource Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grade 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be — to be fully alive. The Ontario Bishops have a parent website, with program background, overview, resource material and information.