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St. Nicholas Catechism Education Program

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Mission & Objectives
The primary missions of our St. Nicholas Catechism Ministry are:

  • To educate our younger generation religiously and morally, and to give them the tools to grow spiritually, in accordance with the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Holy Traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church.
  • To develop in our young people the need and sincere desire to attend all Church Services of our Faith on a regular basis, and the need and sincere desire to participate conscientiously in the worship and sacramental life of the Greek Orthodox Church.                                                             
  • To cultivate in our young people a Greek Orthodox conscience, as well as devotion to our religious-cultural ideals and principles and to prepare them in order that they may become faithful, unwavering and devoted members of our Greek Orthodox Church.

Administration – General Information
1. Academic Year

  • Our Catechism School Academic Year begins in September and ends the following June.
  • Registration Sunday and the First Day of Church School Classes are usually the first Sunday after Labor Day.
  • Graduation is on a Sunday close to the beginning of June.
  • Specific dates appear on the online Church calendar.

2. Student Eligibility

  • Our Catechism School accepts children ages 3 through 12th Grade.
  • To enroll in a particular Academic Year, a child’s 3rd birthday must have occurred before the start of the Academic Year (which is defined as October 1st).

3. Divine Liturgy and Classes

  • Catechism School students must be in Church by 10:00 AM every Sunday and attend the Divine Liturgy with their teachers.
  • Church attendance on Sunday is a requirement of our Catechism School curriculum.
  • Our children must attend the Divine Liturgy properly to establish a sense of order, duty, and to appreciate what is important to us as Greek Orthodox Christians.
  • After the reading of the Gospel, students will proceed to their classrooms for lessons.
  • Some classes will return to church where the children will receive Antidoron.
  • The time allotted for in-class instruction is approximately 50 minutes. Classes typically end by 12:00 PM. There may be occasions, however, when extra time is required to finish a lesson.

4. Attendance and Tardiness

  • Classes start at 10:00 AM sharp (being present for the Divine Liturgy is a requirement of the curriculum).
  • In-class instruction begins immediately after the Reading of the Gospel.
  • Students must be in class on time, so as not to disrupt instruction.
  • Teachers take attendance each Sunday.
  • Students can make up absences by attending services during Great Lent and other Feast days during the year. Advise teacher or Catechism office of attendance to receive credit.
  • Students can record attendance for attending service at another Orthodox church with a note from the priest or Catechism Directors of the church that was attended.

5. Charitable Outreach Mission Program & Fundraiser

  • Our Catechism School (Preschool through 12th grade) participates in major Outreach Missions & fundraiser programs throughout the year:
    • “Children feeding other Children” to gather food for the needy in our communities (Southeastern Oakland Shelter—S.O.S.).
    • Raise funds for the “Orthodox Christian Mission Center” (O.C.M.C.) during Great Lent.
    • Through these projects our children learn to share with others, thereby practicing the virtue of Christian charity.
    • One additional project will be the “Crowns” for cancer patients at Karmanos Cancer Center and Mott children’s Hospital Ann Arbor.
    • Exact dates of these Outreach Mission Programs & fundraisers appear in the Church School calendar.

6. St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

  • Information about the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival will be available once the office has received the topics.
  • All Catechism School students must participate in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival at the parish level.

7. Award Pins

     A student will be given credit:

  • If he/she attends at least 30 days
  • Serves in the Altar
  • Exhibits participation during class 
  • Reads the Epistle
  • Engages in the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival either by writing a paper for class and/or participating in the festival at the parish level.
  • Participating in stewardship
  • Participating in Catechism & Church activities
  • Extra credit is awarded at the teacher's discretion

 

Registering for our St. Nicholas Catechism Program
Registration in Catechism School is not automatic. Families need to register their children for each new Academic Year.

Students should be registered for Catechism School prior to the start of the Academic Year.
Click here to register today!

Registering for Faith & Fun Week
Each year, St. Nicholas offers students within our Catechism an opportunity to engage in fellowship by participating in our yearly Faith & Fun Week.  This event is designed to help students understand their Orthodox faith, and to have some fun at the same time!  

To register for Faith & Fun Week, click here.  For additional information, please contact the church office at (248) 362-9575.

Catechism Contacts
Name Position Phone Number
Karen Cosmos Catechism Director (586) 201-7771
Margaret Theofanous Catechism Director  

Please click here to send an email to the Catechism Team.  Their email address is CatEd@stnicholastroy.org.

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