Religious Education

“Every believer is a link in the great chain of believers.
I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others.” 

                                                                                       Catechism of the Catholic Church, 166

The parent, the family, is the first teacher in each child’s life.  Parents want to hand on those things, those beliefs, and those values that have helped them to grow and become a better person.  

The challenge of a parent is to teach and make sure their values, their beliefs will be carried on by their children.  This is not something that can be done alone. It takes the help of other relatives and people.

Religious Education, Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th, at OLBS is here to help the parents with their children’s growth in the Catholic Faith.  Each week the children will look at different aspects of their Catholic Faith.  This will be based on the Sunday Liturgy and the use of an age appropriate book “What the Catholic Church Believes and Teaches”.  The child will have a leaflet to take home each week and a means of conversation with the child about what they learnt that week.

The Religious Education classes (PreK-8) meet once a month Sunday after Mass from 11:00am -12:00pm.  Parents will work on the material at home with their child(ren) on the other Sundays or during the appropriate weeks.  Classes run from the middle of September to the first week of May.



High School

Class for high school students from Fort Defiance, St. Michael, Navajo, and Sawmill parishes will be Sunday afternoons 2:00 - 4:00. 

Youth Ministry involves young people sharing their ideas, talents, humor, etc. with each other and others beyond themselves. Please encourage your child to reach beyond their own space and time to find out more about themselves. 

Confirmation preparation will be part of the program. Preparation is a 2-3 year process, depending upon attendance.  The next scheduled Confirmation will be in the spring of 2020.

Those who have already been confirmed are still asked to continue in deepening on their journey with Christ through sharing their presence every Sunday afternoon. Youth from all four local Catholic parishes are invited to attend.

All High School youth are welcomed to gather with us from 2pm-4pm on Sundays, even if you do not desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at this time.

Our diocese is in the process of implementing the "Restored Order" for the reception of the Sacraments.  Therefore, changes in the preparation process will occur during the next three to four years.  Please check at the parish for further information.