The family that prays together stays together. Pope Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Letter - Rosarium Virginis Mariae, paragraph 41
Thank you for inquiring about the St. Scholastica Religious Education Program! Following are answers to some frequently asked questions. Click on one of the links below to either learn more about the overall program or to jump a specific question. More information can be found on the following link of the Parish website – https://www.stscholasticaerie.org/ministries/religious-education/
The overarching goal of the St. Scholastica RE Program is to fulfill Jesus’ command “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28-19). Grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity, we evangelize the people of Erie, Colorado, by revealing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven!
Since the goal is to for you and your family members to be disciples, bringing the kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven, it is important that you share common prayers, study, and discussions centered around that goal. Since you already understand your faith, you will make the perfect teacher for your child! If your family were all travelling to Florida and were all traveling separately, the chance that all arrive safely decreases. It is the same with our journey to eternity. We acknowledge when we pray the Our Father that it is one will, God’s will that is done in Heaven. It stands to reason that you must be perfectly conformed to God’s will to enter Heaven. It is one thing to understand and to “know” the faith, it is another to conform your will to God’s will. This is a life-long practice and journey which involves the sacraments, prayer, study, adoration, discussion, and participation.
Traditionally, the Catholic faith has been passed from one generation to another through the consistent Magisterial interpretation of Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Prior to the 1970s, the faith had been successfully passed from one generation to the next within families.  Recently studies have been commissioned showing that families with parents that remained married have a much higher rate of transmitting the faith to the next generation,  and that a father’s active participation in church greatly impacts whether his children will practice the faith as adults.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that the Sacrament of Marriage, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring. Further, in paragraph 1666 it states that The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason, the family home is rightly called “the domestic church,” a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity.
While social connections are encouraged, the primary goal of the Family of Faith class is that families will practice their faith in their homes on a regular basis and practice being disciples.
Following are some aspects of the Catholic faith that will benefit your journey to eternity if you practice them at home: