Religious Education

Philosophy and Goal

St. Simon Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is committed to leading adults, youth and children on the Journey of Faith by providing opportunities which help them in developing a relationship with God (Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier), learning about our Catholic faith, celebrating sacraments, praying (personally and communally) and serving the people of the world.

For Adults, life-long religious education continues with enrichment courses/workshops sponsored by St. Simon Parish, NOURISHING THE ADULT IN US (Westside), and Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, and study, reflection and discussion of life issues in terms of our Catholic Christian tradition.

For Children and Youth, the PREP staff seeks a dynamic partnership with parents, who by word and example are the Primary Educators of their children from birth throughout life. At their child’s Baptism, parents promised to undertake the responsibility of providing for their Christian formation. The PREP staff endeavors to assist parents to build on and continue that formation with formal classes where teacher and student discover more about God. Classes utilize both the knowledge and feeling levels of teaching in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Archdiocesan Child Protection Policy

All employees and volunteers who have significant contact with children must attend a session on the revised Decree on Child Protection (2003), have a criminal background check and be fingerprinted. The results are kept on file.

The Director of Religious Education is required by the Ohio Revised Code and Archdiocesan Policy on Child Protection to report suspected or actual child abuse or neglect to the proper authorities.

St. Simon Parish is in compliance with all aspects of the Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection.