Elementary (K - 5)

Our Elementary program is a faith based Catholic curriculum designed to foster the basic and sacramental needs of children in lower elementary grades. Our Kindergarten class uses the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level 1  (Atrium) program. This year in grades 1-5, we are using the Faith and Life series by Ignatius Press.  Please see below for a brief overview by grade level. There are also additional materials used in preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.

In the Diocese of Phoenix, the guidelines for receiving sacraments are as follows:

  • Reconciliation (Confession) - 2nd Grade
  • First Holy Communion - 3rd Grade
  • Confirmation - 3rd Grade

For more information, please see the SACRAMENTS section of the website. For those children who are above third grade and have not received their sacraments, please see the Family Faith Formation program page.

The following is a description of each grade level text:

Grade 1: Our Heavenly Father

Theme: Introduction to the Holy Trinity through presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God's plan of salvation and our part in that plan. Acquaints children with Mary, angels, and the saints. Children learn basic prayers.

Grade 2: Jesus Our Life

Theme: Preparation for the first reception of the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation), with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God's mercy and love. Covers Creation, the Covenant with Moses, the Ten Commandments, Redemption, Forgiveness of Sins, and the Mass.

Grade 3: Our Life with Jesus

Theme: God's plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost and our life in the Church. Special emphasis on the importance of Confession, Communion and the Mass.  Includes preparation for reception of the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.

Grade 4: Jesus Our Guide

Theme: God's plan to save his people from sin (Salvation History), how we participate in that plan, and the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage on earth to Heaven through his word, his law, and his Church.

Grade 5: Credo: I Believe

Theme: A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, and the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.

Class Times

In Person and Virtual classes for Kindergarten through 5th Grade are offered at the following days and times:

  • Tuesday: 4:15 - 5:15pm
  • Tuesday: 6:00 - 7:00pm
  • Wednesday: 2:30-3:30pm

Please visit our registration page for the online and downloadable registration form. For any questions, please contact the Children's Faith Formation Office at 480-893-1160.