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Our Philosophy of Religious Education

The family is a community and the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in our world. The goal of Parish School of Religious Education is to help parents and children to grow in a greater understanding of the Catholic Faith as a family community.

The aim of catechesis is to encourage a living, explicit and fruitful expression of faith. The family becomes holy, not because it is perfect, but because Godís grace is at work within it, helping its members set out every day on the way of love.

What can you as a partner or Guardian do to help reinforce your childís or childrenís faith? Below are a few suggestions: 

1.    Make prayer part of your familyís daily life.

2.    Model and live your lives in accord with Christian principles.

3.    Participate in Sunday liturgy and discuss how it affects your life.

4.    Support and guild your child/children in making good discussions.

5.    Serve others as Jesus did; identify ways your family can help others.

6.    Make the Scriptures a part of your family and share Bible Stories.

7.    Make sure that your children attend the Religious Education Classes.

In order to strengthen the faith life of our worshipping community, St. Luke Parish strives to provide quality Catholic educational experiences for parishioners of all ages at St. Luke Parish.

Our Parish School: Lakewood Catholic Academy
President: Brian Sinchak
Principal: Maureen Arbeznik

Lakewood Catholic Academy  is an approved and accredited elementary school, grades Pre-Kindergarten  through eight, and is a joint ministry of St. Clement, Transfiguration and St. Luke Parishes. The school offers a comprehensive curriculum including religion, reading, math, French, Spanish, English, science, health, social studies, art, music, computer lab and physical education.

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

 We Are Ready and Waiting...

We are preparing to welcome the children to our Parish School of Religion (PSR)! Classes will be on Monday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm.  Online registration for children from grades one through eight can be completed by clicking the link below:

All children need to be registered whether or not they attended previously. September 6th is the final day of registration.

On Monday, September 14, we will kick off the new year with 5:30 pm PSR Mass followed by family dinner in McBride Hall. There will be  parent meeting during the first class on Monday, September 14 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Our policy book will be distributed and Emergency Medical Forms available. Please plan to attend!

Click here for a 2015-16 PSR Calendar.

Please Note:

For families involved in Sacramental Preparation of their children, it is especially helpful to know that the Canon Law of the Church requires that any person receiving a Sacrament for the first time have an understanding of that Sacrament in order to receive it worthily.  Therefore, teaching the truths and the effects of that Sacrament is necessary.  Ordinarily, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are received in the Second Grade;  For our children, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated prior to Christmas and the Celebration of First Eucharist is celebrated after Easter.  

Two years of religious instruction is required prior to reception of these two Sacraments.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in the eighth grade and that full year is dedicated to Confirmation preparation.

Sunday School Program
Program Coordinator: Carol Ormsby

St. Luke Sunday School program provides basic information on Christian beliefs in a fun, loving atmosphere to ages 3-6 from September through June during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Classes are held in the St.. Luke School building, Room 101. Please contact Carol Ormsby at 216-521-0184 for further information.

Click here to download a Sunday School registration form.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process by which adults are initiated into the Catholic community.  Adults who have never been baptized, adults baptized in other Christian faiths and who desire to explore Catholicism, and adults baptized into the Catholic faith but not reared in Catholic faith understanding or practice, are invited to explore this process.  The First RCIA class for the current year is October 13th at 7 p.m. in the Rectory. Subsequent meetings are every Thursday.

Programs for Sacramental Preparation

Children who are preparing for the reception of Sacraments (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation) are prepared in an individualized program carried out in home, classroom and parish community settings.

Youth Ministry

This program of Socialization, Spirituality, and Service is designed for all high school parishioners, those in Catholic and public schools.  This program is for the youth, with the youth, and by the leadership of the youth -- in an effort to help them minister to their own needs, those of their peers, and others in the greater community.  Fun-filled activities and spiritual growth opportunities including retreats, outreach projects, etc., comprise the components of the program.


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