“Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Continuing Christ’s Teachings
Children first learn about their religion from their parents, family members, or guardians. Religious education is provided to continue and enhance the teaching of Jesus Christ to our youth that do not attend a Catholic school. Educating youth helps fund parishes with program materials, presentations, and teacher education to be able to provide youth with a great experience when learning about their faith.
Religious education teaches youth the importance of helping others, how to follow Jesus, and how to spread his word out into the world. It helps young people learn important morals and values that will impact their choices throughout their lifetime.
Since parents are the primary educators of their children, youngsters always learn first in the home about God. The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown supports parents as they foster in their children a love of God and an understanding about Jesus Christ and gospel values. One of the ways we offer this support is comprehensive, parish-based religious education programs for youngsters who do not attend Catholic Schools.
Every child should have access to programming at least until high school graduation. Many parishes also have educational opportunities for adults. Religious education is a human need that knows no age limit.