St. Pius X Parish School of Religion Making Strides in Religious Education
Under the direction of Pastor Msgr. David Funk and Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) De Ann Bukowski, the St. Pius X Parish School of Religion (PSR) supports the catechetical and spiritual development needs of parish preschoolers and students who do not attend a Catholic school in kindergarten through Grade 8. With a current 2016-17 enrollment of 224 and a staff of 55 catechists and support personnel, the school conducts 30 classes on Sunday afternoons and evenings between September and May.
The PSR Program prepares its students to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion, First Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Additionally, it prepares students in Grades 2-8 to enter the Catholic faith through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for Children. Numbers are generally up for all preparation classes, but particularly for RCIC with 13 students preparing for initiation above previous averages of 2-8. “We have seen a trend across parishes over the past several years of parents waiting longer to have their children prepare for the sacraments,” said Ms. Bukowski. “Saint Pope John Paul II’s message that we are stronger together as the Body of Christ may be a reason we are seeing an inflow of initiates.”
St. Pius X PSR has assumed responsibility for supporting a monthly parish Mass since 2014. This idea was the suggestion of Monsignor Funk, who himself was educated as a youth through parish-based Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) classes. “Monsignor wanted the PSR students to have the same opportunity that our parish elementary school children have in regularly planning and participating in Mass,” said Ms. Bukowski. “From November-May, we support the noon Mass, typically on the second Sunday of the month. Grades 4-8 accept responsibility for providing readers, gift bearers, and singers for one Mass. It is really special for the parish in that the congregation gets to see their capability. Parents and grandparents enjoy attending this Mass to support their child’s participation. This effort is bearing fruit, and younger students now look forward to the opportunity to serve.” This year, a PSR and a school reader will participate for the first time at the parish Confirmation Mass on May 22.
The school works diligently to educate its students about vocations and the Christian call to serve others. In May, it hosts an annual Vocations Fair that includes parish clergy. Many service projects are conducted throughout the school year, with PSR providing support to St. Lawrence Haven, Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio, and Heifer International, among others.
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