Marcia Waite, Director of Religious Education
Religious Ed. Office Hours:
Sunday`s 9:00am to 2:00pm and by appointment
Religious Ed. Office: (305)651-7044
At The Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mission of our religious education program is to plant a seed of faith in the youth of our parish that, with nurturing and love by the child and their family, will continually grow and develop into a pillar of strength, direction, and guidance for them to rely on and trust in throughout their lives. We want to instill in them a lifelong yearning toward a deeper faith, and a realization of the importance of making Jesus Christ a fundamental partner in their lives. Our dedicated catechists and youth ministers, all work together in partnership to ensure our youth are receiving the best opportunities possible to enrich their Catholic faith.
Religious Education classes will resume on September 9, 2018
Thank you for your interest in our Religious Education program. We assist families in providing children with the knowledge, understanding, and example necessary to live their life based upon Catholic doctrine, tradition, and values. Through age appropriate activities we share our love of our faith and our love for God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit. The effectiveness of our program assumes the cooperation and working relationship between the parents and the teachers.
Our primary goal is to assist parents in the faith formation and sacramental preparation of their children in a safe and nurturing environment. We strive to provide a quality program for students in Pre-K-4 through 8th grade Confirmation.
As mandated by the Archdiocese of Miami, students preparing to receive the sacraments must attend a two (2) consecutive year preparation program. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes do not apply towards this requirement. Traditionally students preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion attend classes in first and second and receive the sacrament during second grade. For children in grades three through eight who desire to receive these sacraments we offer a Special Sacraments class.
Confirmation requires two consecutive years of formal religious instruction. Visitation offers this program in 7th and 8th grade with the students receiving the sacrament during eighth grade. We also provide a comprehensive one year RCIA program for High School students and adults who wish to become Catholics.
If you would like to be involved in our Religious Education Ministry as a catechist, assistant catechist, or volunteer, please request an Archdiocese of Miami Volunteer form. All volunteers who work directly with students are required to complete this form, be interviewed by our Director of Religious Education, be fingerprinted and complete a Virtus training class. This procedure helps create a safe environment for your child. Volunteer in Religious Education and help a child grow in faith. Application forms are available in the Religious Education Office.