Religious Education

Classes for Kindergarten through Grade 9 will begin on September 24th at St. Mark Church.

Grade 10 and 11 will meet monthly from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at St. Joseph Church. The first class will be September 17.


Religious Education Office in fr. Leonard Hall
Phone: 447-7510
Ellen Conlon



 Kindergarten and Grade 1 children will be using the series “Promise” Gospel Weeklies published by Pflaum.  This year you will find a Family Corner in every lesson in both English and Spanish.  This will give caregivers and parents helpful tools to serve as their child’s primary models of faith.  It is our hope that through the family discussion questions, prayers, Gospel activities, the Family Corner will help families live the important connection between liturgy and catechists.

Grade 2 is engaging in preparation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.  They will be taught the same information that can be found on the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB.ORG) site under the Guidelines for Multi Lingual Celebration of the Mass, The Cultural Diversity Mandate and the Norms for the Distribution and Reception of  Holy Communion.  Of course this is written for adults to become catechized according to Catholic teaching.  We have our catechists read it and then use approved textbooks, workbooks, videos, and activities age-appropriate for our children.  They are taught that “Jesus is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Bread and Wine”  they will receive.  Before the reception of Eucharist each child understands the meaning and purpose of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and are prepared to confess their sins to a priest.

Grades 3 & 4
Uses the series “Good News” published by Pflaum.  This program combines a complete doctrinal catechesis with the liturgical life of the Church.
The content flows from each Sunday’s Gospel making it easier for parents to discuss topics with their child.  We follow the three year liturgical cycle (A,B,C) as we read from each of the Evangelists.  We include current material to help the child understand how the Gospel is relevant to their lives each and every day.  Pflaum has a handbook for each level that covers all of the Church teachings appropriate for that age group.

Grades 5 & 6 will be using the text “This is Our Faith” as well as the video series “In the Beginning”.  The focus is the Old Testament.  The study of the Hebrew Scriptures puts the children in touch with the roots of our faith.  It will help them to know how deeply God cares for all people and interacts in our lives.  It enables the student to appreciate that as Catholic Christians we believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures.  He brings a new covenant and proclaims the kingdom of God.  In regard to morality, they develop a sensitivity to the relationship between God and all people as a bond that is capable of growing stronger or weaker.



The Diocese of Springfield and Saint Mark Parish are committed to keeping children safe.

For any information regarding Child Safety issues please go to the diocesan website at or call 1800- 842-9055 or email There you will find policies and procedures.


R.C.I.A. (or simply “RCIA”) stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which an adult person is initiated into the Catholic Church, through Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion.

Who is in the R.C.I.A.?

*  Un-baptized adults
*  Adults baptized in non-Trinitarian formula
*  Adults baptized in the Catholic Church, but lack First Holy Communion and Confirmation
*  Adults baptized & confirmed in the Catholic Church, but lack First Holy Communion
*  Adults baptized in other Christian Churches, in the Trinitarian formula w/water