RE/FBC--Religious Education/Family-Based Catechesis

Family-Based Catechesis (Religious Education) HOT Items:

Registration begins soon for RE/FBC for the academic year 2021-2022.  Please watch here for further information.

The next face-to-face RE/FBC Catechesis session will begin in September 2021.  We meet from 6:30p to 7:45p.  

FBC Registration information and form is found here .  You can return the registration form and payment by giving to the DRE, a parish secretary, a school secretary, dropping off in the Mass collection basket, or mailing it to the parish.

This year's current, 2020-2021, RE/FBC schedule is posted here  . 

Preparing for Sacraments, the Examination of Conscience (Examen).  The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) website has some great examens for youth and adults.  Examens help us examine our conscience in order to prepare for a fruitful celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession).  RE/FBC families might find the following four examens particularly useful 1) Examination of Conscience for Children; 2) Examination of Conscience for Young Adults; 3) Examination of Conscience for Married Persons; and/or 4) Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments.  You can get to the USCCB website by clicking here .

Parish App.  Use our Parish App to get the latest/changing information for Religious Information (ex. weather cancellations, meeting reminders, etc.)  Visit the St. Matthew Parish homepage to get the instructions on how to set up the App on your Smartphone ( here ).  Make sure you enable notifications for "Religious Education" in your Smartphone's settings to get the RE/FBC notifications!

Previous Months' Family Meeting information (slides and videos) is found here . Some videos require an Augustine Institute Formed account.  This service is paid for by the parish and you can find further information about getting a Formed account here .

Confirmation Candidates.  You can find the Sacrament of Confirmation preparation requirements here.  Additionally, a parent/guardian of the Confirmation candidate must fill out a "Confirmation Candidate Official Information" worksheet which can be found here .  

Adverse Weather!  It's bound to happen, we'll get snow this winter and tornado watches and/or warnings in the spring (or other times throughout the year).  If adverse weather is forecast, please pay attention to local news sources for potential RE/FBC cancellation information.  Even if St. Matthew's isn't specifically listed, if activities are cancelled (or delayed) for either Archdiocese schools, OPS, BPS, PLCS, then our RE event will be cancelled.  As well, if the St. Matthew/Bellevue area is under a Tornado Watch forecast (or Warning) through anytime the RE/FBC event is occurring, the activity will be cancelled.  I'll try to get this website updated for the specific weather event under the "HOT Items" so you can check it.

 What is Family-Based Catechesis (FBC)?  The goal of Family-Based Catechesis is to enrich our parish’s faith life by offering Catholic-based catechesis (teaching) for both our community’s youth and adults alike.  FBC is a particular model or method of offering Religious Education (RE) to the entire parish.  Many know Religious Education (RE) by one of its former terms “CCD,” although the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) was dissolved almost five decades ago.

 At St. Matthew's parish, we are offering FBC in lieu of the traditional Wednesday night RE/”CCD” program.  Although FBC will be the primary means of catechesis for the traditional Wednesday night RE program, all youth and adult parishioners are encouraged to participate in FBC.  It is an opportunity to get to better know and understand our Catholic faith as well as provide opportunities for faith-sharing as families and as a community.

There are three primary components to FBC—Wednesday night catechesis, home-based family “lessons,” and Community Events.  The nine monthly, September through May, Wednesday night catechesis sessions occur on the St. Matthew’s campus.  It’s important to note, there are not weekly Wednesday night RE/CCD sessions as there has been in the past.  Unless the youth is preparing to celebrate a sacrament that year (more on that below), there is only one Wednesday night meeting per month. The parents/adults will meet in the main worship area while the youth will simultaneously meet with grade-specific catechists in the school’s classrooms.  Based on this Wednesday night instruction, families are sent forth with FBC “lessons” that give the families the opportunity to pray, do activities, and have discussions on the subject material from the Wednesday night session.  Families can do these activities at the times and place that is convenient for their family’s schedule.  The third part of FBC, Community Events, will occur throughout the year.  As the name implies, the intent is for families to have the opportunity participate in community events in the parish that is fun and based on Catholic teaching.

Does FBC effect Sacrament Formation?  Yes, but in a good way.  Teaching on the Church's sacraments is built into the FBC program.  So, adults and all youth will get more familiar with our Church’s sacraments.  Additionally for youth preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist (typically 2nd grade) as well as the Sacrament of Confirmation (typically 8th grade), there will be specific sacrament formation in the Wednesday night sessions.  As well, there will be some additional sessions (ex., retreat, informational meetings, rehearsal, etc.) required.  These additional sessions are listed on the FBC schedule as referenced below.

What is the FBC Schedule?  Adult and youth formation will typically occur on the nine, first Wednesdays of the month--September through May.  As mentioned above, there will also be Community Events offered throughout the year.  Please see the detailed schedule for any exceptions (due to Holy Days, secular holidays, etc.) to the “first Wednesday” rule of thumb as well as the dates and times for the Community Events.

How Can I Register for FBC?  Please fill out the registration form found here .  Once filled out, you can return the completed form and registration fee either by 1) mailing, 2) dropping off at the Parish or School Office, or 3) putting in the collection basket at Mass.  Please put "Attn: Religious Education" on the envelope.  Please make sure that you complete the emergency medical authorization form as well.  Registration fees are $85 per youth or $100 if youth is an 8th Grade Confirmation Candidate.  There is a $200 maximum fee per family.  Homeschool families are welcomed and encouraged to participate in FBC as well!  If you are a St. Matthew's School family who wishes to participate in FBC, please fill out a registration form and contact the DRE for fee information.  There is no registration form or charge for adult parishioners who want to attend the Wednesday night catechesis sessions.

Questions or inputs?  Please see the attached for answers to some frequently asked questions.