9408 Wilson Ave SW, Byron Center, Mi 49315

(616) 878-1619

Email: parishoffice@stsebastianmi.org

Religious Education – Preschool-Grade 5

Vision/Mission/Goal

WELCOME TO ST. SEBASTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM!

Our vision is that every child comes to know, love and have a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ in order to respond to the message of the Gospel.

Our mission is to help our children experience the presence of God in their lives; by learning who Jesus Christ is by the guidance of the Holy Spirit; by following the ways of Jesus Christ through stories, beliefs, symbols, traditions and prayers of our Catholic faith; and by developing their God given gifts and talents to serve others.

Our goal is to support the faith life of families, knowing that it is in the domestic church of the home that faith develops and is nourished.  Because faith is “caught” more than “taught,” family involvement is central to the success of our Religious Education Program.  Therefore, we will support and enhance the efforts of parents and/or guardians who share their Roman Catholic faith at home with their child.

 

RE Meeting Times

3 Year Old Preschool (must be 3 by September 1 & be able to use the restroom on their own).

4 Year Old Preschool (must be 4 by September 1 & be able to use the restroom on their own).

Young 5’S/Developmental Kindergarten

Kindergarten

  • Classes for the above grades are offered on Sunday mornings during the 10:30 AM Mass
  • Classes are held in the Parish Hall.
  • Drop off begins at 10:10AM.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you have children younger than age 3, you may use our supervised NURSERY during the 10:30 Mass which is located in church.

 

 

GRADES 1-5

Monday 6:00-7:15 pm

Tuesday 6:00-7:15 pm

Wednesday 6:00-7:15 pm

  • Please choose the ONE night that works best for your family.
  • Classes are held in the Parish Hall.
  • Only the south entrance will be open for drop off and pick up.

 

 

Registration Form

2018-2019 Religious Education Registration Form

  • FAMILY INFORMATION

  • Today's DateFamily Last NameAre you registered parishioners at St. Sebastian?If not, please indicate where you are currently registered? 
    Add a new row
  • Program materials and updates are sent primarily by email. On occasion I may need to contact you by phone. Please indicate your preferred email(s) and phone number(s).
    EmailPhone 
    Add a new row
  • Relationship to ChildEmailCell PhoneHome PhoneReligion 
    Add a new row
  • Relationship to ChildEmailCell PhoneHome PhoneReligion 
    Add a new row
  • FIRST CHILD'S INFORMATION

  • School AttendingBirthdateBaptismal Month (date if you have it)Child's Godparents Names 
    Add a new row
  • Please list any food allergies and/or medical issues we need to be made aware of. These will be kept confidential.
  • In order to make the classroom environment welcoming for your child, please help by providing their strengths and/or weaknesses below. Do we need any special accommodations for your child? Are there any learning challenges? What motivates your child?
  • SECOND CHILD'S INFORMATION

  • School AttendingBirthdateBaptismal Month (date if you have it)Child's Godparents Names 
    Add a new row
  • Please list any food allergies and/or medical issues we need to be made aware of. These will be kept confidential.
  • In order to make the classroom environment welcoming for your child, please help by providing their strengths and/or weaknesses below. Do we need any special accommodations for your child? Are there any learning challenges? What motivates your child?
  • THIRD CHILD'S INFORMATION

  • School AttendingBirthdateBaptismal Month (date if you have it)Child's Godparents Names 
    Add a new row
  • Please list any food allergies, and/or other medical issues we need to be made aware of. These will be kept confidential.
  • In order to make the classroom environment welcoming for your child, please help by providing their strengths and/or weaknesses below. Do we need any special accommodations for your child? Are there any learning challenges? What motivates your child?
  • FOURTH CHILD'S INFORMATION

  • School AttendingBirthdateBaptismal Month (date if you have it)Child's Godparents Names 
    Add a new row
  • Please list any food allergies and/or other medical issues we need to be made aware of. These will be kept confidential.
  • In order to make the classroom environment welcoming for your child, please help by providing their strengths and/or weaknesses below. Do we need any special accommodations for your child? Are there any learning challenges? What motivates your child?
  • EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

    In case of emergency, parents will always be contacted first. In the case that you are unavailable, the adult you list below will assume responsibility for the child.
  • Home PhoneCell PhoneRealtionship to child(ren) 
    Add a new row
  • FAMILY MEDICAL INFORMATION

  • Only used in case of emergency.
    Name of DoctorAddressPhone Number 
    Add a new row
  • HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION

    Only used in case of an emergency.
  • Name of Insurance CompanyPolicy NumberGroup NumberContract Number 
    Add a new row
  • Medical Treatment Release

    As the parent or legal guardian, I hereby authorize first aide/medical treatment (for all children listed on this form) in the event of an emergency, which may endanger her/his life, cause disfigurement, physical impairment, or undue discomfort if delayed. It is understood that efforts will be made to contact the person listed on this form as soon as reasonably possible. In the event that the aforementioned requires my authorization for treatment and I cannot be reached in an emergency, I hereby give my permission to the physician selected by the activity leader to hospitalize, secure medical treatment, and/or order an injection, anesthesia or surgery for the aforementioned as deemed necessary. I understand all reasonable safety precautions will be taken at all times by the parish and its agents during youth programing and events. I understand the possibility of unforeseen hazards and know the inherent possibility of risk. I agree not to hold St. Sebastian Church, its leaders, employees, drivers, volunteers, or the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids liable for damages, losses, diseases, or injuries incurred by the aforementioned.
  • By checking the box you are agreeing to the above Medical Treatment Release Statement for all children listed on this form.
  • Photo Consent

  • Photos are often taken during our program nights and family events. They may appear on our website, in the bulletin, or posted in the parish hall. Clicking the box indicates this is for all children listed on this form. By clicking the box, it indicates this applies to all children listed on this form.
  • DROP OFF AND PICK UP

  • By checking this box you understand that 1. You must come in to drop off and pick up your child from their classroom. 2. Your child will not be released to anyone under the age of 18 unless you have cleared it with the director.
  • Who will be the main person(s) picking up your child? If you will be carpooling, please indicate that also.
  • Registration Payment

    From now until August 12 fees are $25 per child - $75 max per family. Beginning August 13 and after the fees are $35 per child - $85 max per family. If you are not a registered member of St. Sebastian you need to add an additional $50 per family to the above. We do not want payment to be an obstacle for attending RE. If there is a financial hardship, please contact the RE office.

 

2018-2019 RE Schedule and Events

December 3, 4, 5 Class for Grades 1-5

December 9 Class for Preschool-Kindergarten

December 10, 11, 12 Class for Grades 1-5

December 9 Class for Preschool-Kindergarten

December 10, 11, 12 Class for Grades 1-5

December 15 First Reconciliation for Grade 2 and Sacramental Preparation Classes at 9:30AM in church.

December 16 Class for Preschool-Kindergarten

December 17, 18, 19 Class for Grades 1-5

December 23-January 2 NO CLASS for Preschool-Grade 5

January 6 Class for Preschool-Kindergarten

January 7, 8, 9 Class for Grades 1-5

 

 

Catechists -- Assistants -- Substitutes

The work of being a catechist is truly God’s Work.

**If you feel God is nudging you and want to discern His call.

OR

**If you would like to volunteer as a substitute catechist and/or helper from time to time.  We really need more substitutes for all grades.

Please contact Debbie@stsebastianmi.org or 616-878-1619 X102.

Vacation Bible School 2019

Vacation Bible School

June 23-27, 2019

MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!!

Planning will begin after the holidays.

 

Children's Liturgy of the Word

This program is available from Mid-May-August

If interested in being a leader-please contact debbie@stsebastianmi.org

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
during the 10:30am Mass
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is for children
ENTERING Kindergarten-Grade 2 THIS SEPTEMBER, 2019.

Children will be dismissed after the Opening Prayer to follow the leaders to the LAMP room.  There, they will continue the Liturgy of the Word by listening to the readings and talking about them on their level.  Children will be returning to their seats during the offertory.

Parents, just a few notes…

  • Make sure your child knows where you are sitting so it is easy for them to return to you at offertory.
  • Make sure your child has used the restroom before Mass begins.
  • The only thing they may bring with them is their offertory to place in a basket that will be in the room.
  • Remind them that even though they are leaving at this time, they are still in Mass.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact debbie@stsebastianmi.org.

 

Volunteer Applications

Photos