Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Office of Religious Education
Stewart Benalcazar – Coordinator of Religious Education
Yan Orellana – Youth Ministry
Jessica Alvarenga – Administrative Assistant
7501 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD 20783
The Staff Members of the Office of Religious Education are dedicated to lead by service to St. Mark’s community. We strive to live out the mission of St. Mark’s and help those who participate in our programs to do the same.
- Who may participant in our programs?
Following the Mission of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish, St. Mark’s Religious Education Program extends hospitality to youth ages 5-18. We encourage all families to register in our parish. Unregistered families may be admitted into our programs if there is space remaining. Parish registration forms are available from the Office of Religious, from the ushers in church, and at the rectory (parish office).
- When are classes offered?
Formal classes of instruction are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:15 –11:40 for grade K – 8. During this time children who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) will receive their classroom instruction. Children preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation will have additional instruction times throughout the year.
- What about teens?
A Youth Group for youth ages 13-18 who have already received all sacraments of Initiation is available on Sunday mornings. There will be other times for meetings and activities.
- What are the program fees?
The cost of the Religious Education classes is as follows:
$90.00 for one child - $120.00 for two children - $140.00 for three or more children
A sacramental fee of $25.00 is required for youth who are in the sacramental preparation classes for Penance/Eucharist, Confirmation and RCIC II and RCIY II.
All fees must be paid prior to youth being admitted to participate in classes.
In to addition to the registration fee each family is required to complete a Volunteer Form to help with the various needs of the program. Those who volunteer to be Catechists or Catechist Assistants will receive free tuition. Many things are needed in our program.
- What happens is case of inclement weather?
In the event of bad weather, when classes are scheduled to be held, those families who have given us an e-mail address will be notified by e-mail. The Office of Religious Education will contact the catechists and inform them of the cancellation. The catechists will then be asked to call their students who are not on the e-mail list. This is one reason that we must have the correct phone numbers of all students. In addition, you may call the Office of Religious Education and listen for a recorded message.
- What are the qualifications for the reception of the sacraments?
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Washington and therefore St. Mark’s, that at least two years of Religious Education classroom instruction be held prior to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation. The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Who participates in the RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation of Children) and RCIY (Rite of Christian Initiation of Youth) programs?
Youth older than age 7 who have not been baptized will enter into the RCIC/RCIY program and will receive the Sacraments of Initiation (after at least two years of instruction) at the Easter Vigil.
Youth older than 12 who have received the Sacrament of Baptism but have not received the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation will enter the RCIY program and receive these Sacraments (after at least two years of instruction) at the Easter Vigil.