F.I.R.E. (Family Integrated Religious Education)
Catechism for Primary 1 – 6 students
In Singapore, most parishes use the classroom model of religious education conducted in the parish at weekends. Having used this method for several years, we have found it to be not as adequate and effective as it should ideally be. The problem was that more energy and time were spent on discipline and keeping order in the classroom, resulting in the children not learning much.
We now have the Family-centred Catechesis – small groups of families who meet in their own homes for the purpose of religious education of their children. Here, parents take turns to teach and share their inputs.
We know how we learn from experiences, especially in the family. From these experiences we interpret the messages of our faith. When we do this, Church doctrines and Bible verses come alive and have meaning in our lives.
We call our new parish model for children’s catechism F.I.R.E. (Family Integrated Religious Education).:
- The families decide on the day and time they want to meet. (Weekly)
- A family-friendly curriculum from SPI (Singapore Pastoral Institute) is provided by the parish .
- Parents are encouraged to create and innovate from available materials and resources on specific themes from our
- Each session is scheduled for approximately one hour, but sessions at homes allows for flexibility.
- There is also time given for socializing and an occasional get together.
- Each lesson includes an icebreaker, praise & worship, bible sharing and paryers.
Our Late Holy Father Pope John Paul II states:
Parents are the first and most important educators of their own children, and they also possess a fundamental competence in this area: They are educators because they are parents. (Letter to the Family, #16)
If you are keen to be part of this program, pick up a registration form at the parish office today.
(More information can be found under Ministries –> Faith Formation –> “Family Integrated Religious Education – F.I.R.E.”)
Catechism for Secondary Students
Secondary 1 – 4 students
Secondary school students who have graduated from the F.I.R.E. program will undergo another 4 years of catechism to be ready for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Registration opens in November of the year before, please obtain the registration form from the parish office and submit it to the parish office or place it in the Secondary Catechist letter Box.
However, if you missed the first few months or have just shifted to the vicinity of our Parish and would like to continue your catechism here, you will be subjected to an assessment before being allocated to your class.
For further information, please contact Paul Nai (Coordinator) at email email@example.com.
More information can be found under Ministries –>> Faith Formation ->> “Secondary Catechists“