In the Declaration on Christian Education, the Second Vatican Council explained that the primary duty regarding the education of children belongs to parents:
Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking. Parents are the ones who must create a family atmosphere animated by love and respect for God and man, in which the well-rounded personal and social education of children is fostered. Hence the family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs.
In order to fulfill this obligation, many parents choose to send their children to religious education classes provided by the parish. Others find that teaching religion at home helps their child learn the faith better and strengthens family relationships. In situations where scheduling conflicts may make it difficult or impossible for a child to attend religious education classes, homeschooling also allows a child to keep pace with peers at each grade level.
The Religious Education Program at Saint Patrick Parish is here to assist parents in the education of their children in the faith and encourages all parents to participate in the faith-life of our parish community. As role models of faith, it is important that parents regularly attend Mass with their children, so that what is taught at home and in religious education is reinforced in the family. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns while homeschooling your child.