Religious Education is Our Lady of Tahoe's ministry dealing with educational programs in the parish. Beginning sometime in September, we meet as families for religious instruction. Mom, Dad, and all the children in the family attend monthly sessions. Grandparents, cousins, and aunts and uncles are welcome when they are in town. The Catholic Church proclaims all parents are the primary educators of their children in the faith. This means we as parents are best to teach and MODEL the faith for our children. The parish will help you teach your child and grow both your own faith and the faith of the family. The most obvious purpose of religious education is to prepare baptized students for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance, the Eucharist, and Confirmation, but more importantly, it prepares them to live sacramental lives as Catholics beyond their first Communion, first Reconciliation, and Confirmation. The example set by parents, both in providing religious education (in class and at home), and in demonstrating a vibrant faith life, will foster in their children an interest, belief, and participation in the Church.
For adults interested in joining the Church, there is the RCIA program (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). RCIA classes are typically conducted when there are adults (18 years old and older) who wish to join the Catholic Church. It consists of a period of inquiry, which is a time to learn the basics about the Church, and to discern whether the students, called inquirers or pre-catechumens, wish to continue. If so, they become catechumens (or candidates if they are already baptized), and undertake prayer, deeper study, and periodically join the faithful for certain rites and blessings. This culminates at the Easter Vigil, where the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation) are received.
Anyone wanting to join or learn more about the Catholic Church should contact the office and speak with the pastor for more information.
Our Lady of Tahoe also has other educational opportunities not directly related to formal catechesis, including regular Scripture Classes, Lectio Divina (informal, and largely meditative development of the faith through scripture), and others as membership permits (please contact the office or see the parishioner groups page for current groups).