Religious Education

Religious Education

At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person; the Person of Jesus of Nazareth. 

Faith formation in Our Lady of Lourdes

Our parish offers ministries to members that increase their knowledge of the faith, draw them near to Christ in prayer and worship, and build community among our parishioners. Please see opportunities to get involved below.

* Religious Education Program Update (as of 7/22/21) *

As the new school year quickly approaches, our Religious Education Program is gearing up to begin again in person.  Although many things may change between now and September, we are trying to find teachers and aides to instruct our youth.  I would ask that you pray about this and consider helping us in this ministry.  We have openings for both the Sunday morning program (9:45-11am) and the Wednesday night program (6:45-8pm) for both teachers and aides.  Give me a call or email  and we can arrange a time to talk about the responsibilities involved!

Also, check out our new website and there you will  find our class schedule and registrations forms.  We now have the ability to complete registration forms online (you may also pay with credit card online and note it is for RelEd classes) or print the form and mail it to the Parish Office.

I want to thank everyone involved with our zoom classes throughout the previous year!  However, I can't wait see everyone again.

Parish Schools of Religion at Our Lady of Lourdes

At our parish, PSR consists of weekly classes in religion for Catholic children who do not attend Catholic school. We have designed our program to help parents in their task of teaching their children the Catholic faith.

This program is made up of classes for children Pre-school (age 3) through 5th grade. PSR meets once a week on Sunday mornings (9:45 to 11 am) or Wednesday Evenings (6:45 to 8 pm).

The Director of Religious Education is Kathleen Armistead. She has brought energy, creativity and compassion to the program. The teachers in the program are volunteers from our parish. The program also requires the parents to make sure that their children attend Mass on a weekly basis and asking their children about what they are learning in their classes. During their 2nd grade year, parents must take an active role in their children’s preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion.

At their baptism, you, as parents, made a commitment to raise your child in the Catholic faith. This program is the way for you to carry out your commitment.

Please complete a registration form for the program. You can complete the form either by completing a PDF version or you can complete the form online. Below is the link to the PDF form to print, complete and turn in to the parish office. To complete the form online, click on the blue box below Kathleen's contact information. Program fees can be paid by check/cash or online with a credit card. To pay online, click on the Support Our Parish button at the top of the page and select religious education fees on the dropdown menu.

2021-2022 Religious Education Registration Form PDF

2021-2022 Religious Education Calendar


Kathleen Armistead

{573-445-7915 ext. 1125}


Growing in Faith

"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."

MATTHEW 21:19-20 (NABRE)

Thus, the teaching mission of the Church comes from Christ himself. The responsibility for fulfilling that mandate passes on unchanged to the bishops and to all Catholics.

Within each Catholic diocese, the diocesan bishop is its principal teacher.  He is assisted by clergy, religious, and lay men and women who serve as educators and catechists in Catholic institutions, including elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, seminaries and parishes.

Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ transmitted by the Apostles.  It also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit.

The teaching authority of the Catholic Church, called the Magisterium, lies with all of the bishops who are led by the pope and guided by the Holy Spirit.  The pope and bishops are the authoritative teachers in the Church.

In the Diocese of Jefferson City, there are many opportunities to grow in one's faith. Each parish provides faith formation for children, teenagers and adults. This is often in our schools, Parish Schools of Religion (PSR), Bible studies, and lay movements, such as Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, Teens Encounter Christ and more.