Religious Education

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

Welcome to Holy Cross Parish's Religious Education!

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All Saints' Day Celebration                                                   May Crowning of Mary

What is Religious Education?

Religious Education is our family support in raising your Catholic family. As the heads of their family, parents are the first teachers of the faith. We do what we can to support you as you journey ahead with your family, nurturing the domestic Church.

At our parish, we have Religious Education classes for children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. These classes meet each week on Sundays at 11:15, beginning in September and running through May. Many children in the program use these classes to supplement their own faith formation. The classes become their Religion class as they grow.


For some children, these classes also serve to prepare them to make sacraments: Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Communion.

In addition to these classes and sacramental preparation, our Religious Education program also throws events and celebrations throughout the year: All Saints' Day, Advent Fair, Lenten Stations of the Cross, and May Crowning, to name a few.

If you would like to nurture a deeper love of Jesus and a more knowledgeable connection to our Catholic faith, consider signing your family up for Religious Education classes!

Holy Cross Religious Education Registration 19.20

Vacation Bible School 2019!

Our Vacation Bible School Week was incredible! We had nearly 70 children participate in this amazing week, with the help from about 30 teens and 25 adults.

Our theme was "Jesus and the Holy Heroes" and we learned what it means to be future Christian heroes. To become Christian heroes, we need faith, hope, courage, charity, and LOVE!

We hope you join us for next year's VBS week! We usually celebrate VBS in the second week of July and registration becomes available in January. Join us!

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Thank You:

Religious Education Catechists: We have been meeting during the summer to prepare lessons and the curriculum for our Religious Education classes. Thank you so much to those adults and teens who are giving of their time and talents to pass our faith on to our children!


It is an honor to work with you and your families while you grow in your faith together! We love working together to help our children embrace their faith! Please let us know how we can best support you and your children as they mature in their Catholic understanding! ~Andrea Swanson~

(Director of Religious Education) (503) 206-8069


From "Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World:""Why do you think children have to go to Catechesis (religious education)?" - Ana Maria, age 10, from Brazil "You go to catechism to get to know Jesus better! If you have a friend, you enjoy being with him and getting to know him better. You enjoy being with your friend, playing together and getting to know his family, his life, where he was born, and where he lives. This is a good thing. Religious education classes help you get to know your friend Jesus better and his great family, the Church."                 - Pope Francis, as a response to Ana Maria