Religious Education

Contact: Mary Shetler, (812) 867-3718 or email 

Click here for the complete 2023-2024 Registration Packet. The packet includes a calendar, detailed information, and a registration form for Youth Ministry, Religious Education, and Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and Communion, as well as for Confirmation.

St. John the Evangelist Catholic PARISH

Religious Education & Youth Ministry 2023-2024

Calendars and Important Information








Sept. 10

Class 1

(Safe Environment

Training*) FL1/ Intro


All Parent Meeting


Dec. 17

No Class (Christmas)

No Class (Christmas)

Sept. 17

Class 2 FL2 & R-S1-A

First Comm. Parent Class 1

Dec. 24

No Class (Christmas)

No Class (Christmas)

Sept. 24

Class 3

FL3 & R-S1-B

First Comm. Parent

Class 2

Dec. 31

No Class

(New Year’s)

No Class

(New Year’s)


Oct. 1

Class 4 FL4 & R-S2-A

First Comm. Parent Class 3


Jan. 7

Class 13 FL13 & C-S1-A

First Comm. Parent Class 1


Oct. 8


No Class (Fall Break)

No Class (Fall Break)


Jan. 14

Class 14 FL14 & C-S1-B

First Comm. Parent Class 2

Oct. 15

Class 5 FL5 & R-S2-B





Jan. 21

Class 15 FL15 & C-S2-A

First Comm. Parent Class 3

Oct. 22

Class 6 FL6 & R-S3-A




Jan. 28

Class 16 FL16 & C-S2-B


Oct. 29

Class 7 FL7 & R-S3-B



Feb. 4

Class 17 FL17 & C-S3-A



Nov. 5

Class 8 FL8 & R-S4-A




Feb. 11

Class 18 FL18 & C-S3-B


Nov. 12

Class 9 FL9 & R-S4-B




Feb. 18

Class 19 FL19 & C-S4-A


Nov. 19

Class 10 FL10 & R-S5-A




Feb. 25

Class 20

FL 20 & C-S4-B


Nov. 26


No Class (Thanksgiving)

No Class (Thanksgiving)


March 3

Class 21 FL 21-Lent &



Dec. 3

Class 11 FL11 & R-S5-B

First Reconciliation In the Church!

March 10

Class 22

FL 22 & C-S5-B


Dec. 10

Class 12 FL12 & R-S6-A




Last Class 23

FL 23 & C-S5-B


Dates/Activities to Keep in Mind:

  • First Reconciliation: Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 8:00 (In-between 6:45 am and 9:30 am Mass).
  • First Communion Retreat: Saturday, April 13, 2024, at 9:00 m. in the church pick up at 11:00 a.m.
  • First Communion: Sunday, April 15, 2024, at 9:30 m. Mass (arrive at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Confirmation Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, 6:00 m.
  • Confirmation: Saturday, May 4, 2024, arrive at church at 4:00 m. Mass will be at 5:00 pm
  • Vacation Bible School: Monday-Friday, June 3 -7, 2024: (registrations available in Spring 2024)

Classes and Locations

  • CGS (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) (beginning at 3 years) meets in the Good Shepherd Room (south-side preschool classroom in the gym) and will be doing the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program (as a “Pre”- First Reconciliation and Communion Preparation).
  • First Reconciliation and Communion Preparation (2nd Grade and those who have not yet received these sacraments) meet in the St. Michael Room (north-side preschool classroom in the gym) and use Renewed and Received. Children must attend at least 75% of Religious Ed. classes and regularly attend Sunday Mass to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist through our Parish. The family must be registered parishioners and have been enrolled in Religious Education during the previous school year.
  • 3rd-4th Grade meets in the west section of the gym and uses Faith & Life Series (3).
  • 5th-6th Grade meets in the east section of the gym and uses Faith & Life Series (5).
  • 7-8th Grade meets in the Holy Family Room this is also used as the cry room in the back of the church and uses: Venture: the new teen Bible study from Mark Hart.

Weather-Related Cancellations

In the case of a weather-related cancellation of Sunday Morning Religious Education, an email will be sent to all registered families as soon as reasonably possible (using the email address provided on the Religious Education registration form). Every effort will be made to send it out before 8:00 p.m. on Saturday evening. If bad weather arrives unexpectedly Saturday night, every effort will be made to send an email out as soon as reasonably possible on Sunday morning. If you have not received an email, you may assume that the class is still scheduled. However, please use your best judgment, as we do not wish for anyone to take any unnecessary risk in inclement weather.

Drop-off and Pick-up

All Sunday morning classes, drop-off, and pick-up are at each child's classroom. Preschool through 4th Grade must be signed in and out by a parent/guardian.

Questions regarding Kindergarten – 8th Grade Religious Education (or if you are an adult and would like to help): Please contact Mary Shelter at 812-867-3718 (Parish Office) or email