Religious Education

Contact:  Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

Ministry Mission Statement: Our group of catechists, headed by a director, is responsible for the religious education of children in grades Pre-K4 through eighth who do not attend a Catholic school. More than 275 children are enrolled and there is always a need for more teachers and volunteers.

The Religious Education program of any parish is designed to support, not act as a substitute, for parental responsibility. The parish, through volunteer catechists, parish staff, and pastor, desires to work as a team with parents. Together we provide our children with a sound program to help them become disciples of Jesus Christ.

Current ActivitiesRegistration is now open for Confirmation 1 and Confirmation 2 - Summer Classes.  The classes will start on June 4th and will end on June 15th (Monday through Friday) from 9 a.m. until noon each day.  Also registrations are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 Religious Education school year which begins in August.

Kindergarten through Communion 1 classes will begin on August 26th from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

Communion 2 through Fifth Grade classes will begin on August 22nd from 6:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Sixth Grade through Confirmation 1 Youth Group will begin on August 22nd from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Confirmation 2 Class will begin on August 26th from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

High School Youth Group will begin on August 26th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Catechist Orientation - There will be catechist orientation on Wednesday, August 15th, at 7 p.m. after the 6 p.m. Feast of the Assumption Mass.  This will be held in the Anthony and Bonaventure rooms in the Family Center.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Deacon Vernon.

2018-2019 Registration


Volunteers are Needed for Religious Education!!

Volunteers for the 2018-2019 Catechetical year are needed in Religious Education.  There are openings for aides for Pre-K through Communion 1 - 1st Grade curriculum - 1st and 2nd Graders in first year of preparation for First Communion on Sunday and Wednesday evening.  We need a teacher and two aides for Communion 2 - 2nd grade curriculum with 2nd and 3rd graders in the second year of prep.  If you are interested in becoming an aide or a teacher, please fill out the form below.


 JULY 1st, ST. FRANCIS WELCOMES THE NEW DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Deacon Vernon Dobelmann has served as the Director of Pastoral Ministries and Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Cheyenne since 2009. These roles encompassed many duties, including serving as a resource person for the Catholic schools, religious education programs, youth and young adult ministry, pro-life initiatives, social justice outreach and advocacy, Mission Director for the Propagation of the Faith, and he was the diocesan chaplain for scouting.  Furthermore, he has been assigned as a deacon to serve the parishioners at the Cathedral of St. Mary in Cheyenne.

Deacon Vernon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  He completed his theology and pastoral studies leading to his ordination as a deacon in 1999 through the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Paul VI Pontifical Institute.  He is a graduate of the Greater St. Louis Police Academy as well as the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.

Deacon Vernon has experience as a police officer in St. Louis County, Missouri and as a Correctional Officer at the maximum security U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois.  Following these work experiences, he then worked in the secular business environment for 15 years prior to his ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church.  After being ordained a deacon in 1999 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Deacon Vernon continued his education in Theology and Pastoral Studies for an additional year to receive multiple certifications as an administrator of religious education programs.  He has worked for the Church full-time for the last 18 years in a variety of roles including: Director of Religious Education, a high school Theology teacher, campus minister, principal of a Catholic elementary school, vocation director, deacon director, and a variety of additional duties as assigned.

Deacon Vernon and his wife, Margaret, have been married for almost 30 years.  They have two adult children.  Margaret and Vernon met at a cancer support group following Vernon’s first diagnosis with cancer in 1986.  His journey of healing in the thirty-two years since that diagnosis are captured in his recent book, Articulating Hope.

You can learn more at Deacon Vernon’s website:  www.deaconvernon.com


Advent Day 2017 - Thank you to all of our Religious Education Teachers and Aides for preparing these children to sing the Christmas Carols and re-enact the Nativity.  The parishioners enjoyed the beautiful singing by our students.  Please click here to view the photos from our Advent Day 2017.


Our catechists are volunteers who give generously of themselves. They devote time to spread the message of our faith and to build up our faith community. Most are not teachers by profession; however, all possess a love of the Church and a desire to help our children grow in the love of Jesus. All catechists are required to:

  • Be in good standing with the Catholic Church, living their faith in their daily lives.

  • Attend regular catechetical meetings where continuing education takes place.

  • Conform to all Diocesan requirements including background screening, attendance at a Protecting God’s Children Workshop to educate them on prevention of child sexual abuse and how to recognize and report all forms of child abuse.

Current Membership Opportunities: We need teachers and volunteers. Please fill out the below form if you would like to be a volunteer in Religious Education.

Safe Environment RequirementsAll Religious Education volunteers must complete the Safe Haven - It's Up To You Training .  Please click on the link to Safe Environment to get more information on how to sign up for the Safe Haven - It's Up To You training and the Diocese of Charleston screening forms.

Religious Education Resources:

Religious Education Calendar - Communion 2 - Fifth Grade

Religious Education Calendar - Kindergarten - Communion 1

Religious Education & Youth Group Registration

Religious Education Prayer Book

Be My Disciples Website

Youth Group Calendars

Youth Group Calendar - 6th Grade and Confirmation 1

Youth Group Calendar - Confirmation 2 and High School

Important First Communion Information

First Communion Important Dates

First Communion Attire

First Communion Promise

Important Confirmation Information

Confirmation Overview

Due Date Checklist

Candidates Covenant

Certificate Information

Saint Report

Sponsor Certification

Stewardship Hour Log

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