Religious education is the core of the curriculum at St. Richard School. In addition to daily formal classroom instruction, faith development is enriched through school liturgies prepared by teachers and students. All parent/guardians are always welcome and encouraged to attend these liturgies.
St. Richard School and the School of Religious Education follow the same program of sacramental preparation. Children in second grade are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Students in eighth grade are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If a student comes to us needing these sacramental preparations outside of these grade levels, instruction is provided. There is a fee that accompanies the preparation necessary for the reception of the sacraments.
All programs involve not only the students but also the parents of the students in the sacramental preparation program. Parents are expected to attend the parent meetings and to use the home session activities. Formal education of the child takes place at school. The parents must give the informal instruction and guidance to the child at home. As primary educators of their children, parents must be aware of the responsibility of attending Sunday Mass and encouraging participation in the sacraments as an example for the entire family.
Each student preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation is expected to complete the required extra activities, projects, and service hours, as well as receiving a passing grade in religion.