Ministry of Religious Education

Adult Bible School

Each week, with the exception of the summer, we hold three adult Bible studies: Sunday mornings, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (between the Masses); Monday evenings, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday mornings, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Both novices and scholars are welcome to drop in, as we break bread and discuss the Word of God. All sessions are held in Harcum Hall.


The Sunday sessions focus on that Sunday’s readings, looking to gain deeper insights into the readings and how they may be applied to daily living.  These sessions are facilitated by Dr. Terri Hill, 410-997-0902, and Mr. Kenneth Howard, 410-281- 9393, but all members are encouraged to teach and share with one another through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Participants are encouraged to bring a breakfast food to share, but do not let lack of a contribution to hinder participation.

Our Marvelous Monday sessions begin with a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. After supper, Bible Study is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., either on the Scripture for the upcoming Sunday or various Biblical themes. Annye Bynum is the moderator, along with volunteers.

On Thursday mornings, Fr. Rich leads Bible Study beginning at 11:00 a.m. The group typically focuses on a specific book of the Bible and works their way through it, from beginning to end. At 12:30 p.m., the group shares a pot-luck lunch. When Fr. Rich is unable to lead the sessions, Dee Hawthorne the moderates the session. 

 

ALL are invited to attend any or all of the studies. If you do not have a Bible, one will be provided for you.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL (Religious Education for Children & Youth)

Our purpose is to provide religious education for young people from Pre-Kindergarten through High School. Classes are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Sunday School prepares children for the sacraments of First Holy Communion (Grade 2) and First Penance (Grade 3). Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 may participate in a two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

If you would like to volunteer to teach or assist with our Sunday School program, you need only have a desire to learn about and grow spiritually in Jesus Christ. Religious Education Certification workshops are available for those interested.

For more information to enroll or volunteer for Sunday School, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Beverly White, 410-362-8664 x114 or beverly.white@archbalt.org.

 

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) – Catechumenate

RCIA is a process that prepares adults to become full members of the Catholic Church.  Unbaptized individuals prepare for the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Individuals baptized in another Christian denomination are received through the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  RCIA can also prepare Catholic adults who still need to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.

RCIA also relies on volunteers to lead sessions and to mentor participants in the program.

If you, or someone you know, would like to prepare for the Sacraments of the Catholic Church as an adult, or if you would like to volunteer to lead a session, please contact Fr. Rich, 410-362-8664 x115, rbozzelli@archbalt.org.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Our purpose is to learn about the word of God in a fun, relaxed setting. Instructions are provided through Bible Stories, song, interpretive dance and drama. Participants also engage in games, arts and crafts. Light snacks are provided. Classes are held one week in July, Monday through Friday evenings, in air-conditioned Harcum Hall. Children who are preschool (age 4) through grade 6, are welcome. Participation is FREE! Adult teachers along with teen assistants provide participants with instruction from a specifically prepared curriculum. There are no special skills required to be an instructor. Instructional materials are provided. The contact person is Brandon “B.J.” Pinkney, Director 443-527-3524; bjpinkney1@gmail.com