Parish School of Religion - PSR

Parish School of Religion - PSR

Welcome to St. Anselm’s Parish School of Religion! We look forward to working closely with you in helping provide a Christ-filled community for all our students. Please know that, as parents, you are instrumental to this program. We recognize that you are the FIRST teachers of your children and that no one knows them better or loves them more than you do! It is our goal to work together in supporting the faith formation of each child in this PSR program.

Also known as PSR, the Parish School of Religion is a religious formation program for our parish children who are enrolled in non-Catholic school. We offer Pre-School through 8th grade religious studies.

Our program is designed to assist parents by offering weekly curriculum instruction to the children in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Seventh. The students are educated in the Catholic traditions, Sacraments, Scripture, and Prayers. We encourage our children to be active in stewardship roles within the parish, Sunday mass, and our local community.  We expect strong class attendance, participating in the Sunday Mass family and parish events. PSR students and their families will have many opportunities to attend Advent and Lenten reconciliation, prayer services, fundraisers and social events. We also offer a one-week Vacation Bible School for 3-year-olds through 5th grade. Registration forms can be found on the Forms & Materials page of this website. Guidelines and materials for our program can be found in the PSR Handbook.

Sacramental Preparations: Sacramental preparations for First Reconciliation and First Communion takes place in 2nd grade. The preparation of these Sacraments requires family involvement, class attendance, and retreats. Families should try to establish three habits if they aren’t in place already. (Daily prayers at home, mass attendance, and regular PSR attendance). Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered in December and Holy Communion is celebrated in May during the 11:00 a.m. mass.

Anyone in need of special religious education or homeschool program, please contact Marge Meiners, the Director of Religious Education, at 314.878.2120, ext. 17 or at mmeiners@stanselmstl.org.

Pre-School: Children ages 3-5 years are eligible to be a part of our class. These students meet while Family Mass is taking place from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Students are introduced to the life of Jesus, Bible stories, religious holidays and church customs and rituals.

Kindergarten: We use the Allelu! Curriculum series for these young students! We provide them with interactive Activity Sheets designed to be a learning tool for the classroom and then sent home to share with the family during family mealtime. The Activity Sheets double as the child's personalized place mat for the dinner table. They provide both structure and support for important family rituals such as eating meals together, praying together, reading Scripture, and talking about their faith.

Grade 1: (Pre-First Holy Communion preparation) This is a required PSR year for all of our public school children. They will begin to memorize and comprehend basic Catholic teaching (doctrine) and prayers. These will be the building blocks for the next two sacraments they will receive in second grade. Children must attend the 1st grade program to be adequately prepared to understand and receive these sacraments.

Grade 2: (First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) This year moves very quickly as your child prepares to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. They are excited to receive Jesus! Since birth, your parents have been and continue to be the primary educators of your children in the ways of the faith. Please make every effort to bring your child to Mass each week and work with them at home. You may be surprised by what a second grader will teach you!

Grade 3 thru 7: (Pre-Confirmation preparation) These are important years in your child's faith development. Students will continue to be nourished by their faith as they move each year toward a more thoughtful and mature spirituality. Throughout these years, the students will focus on a variety of church teachings, such as the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, The Bible, Jesus’s life, Church history and current church events. They will learn important life lessons in morality and develop a healthy and whole conscious based on scripture and Catholic tradition. These years are not optional as our God is constant and our rewards are eternal!

Grade 8:  (Sacrament of Confirmation) This is the year our young men and women will open themselves to the Holy Spirit and commit themselves to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. They will share their time, talent and treasure in service to the community in response to the Gospel call. They will be excited to make this decision for themselves! They will want to assume a more "adult" position in our faith community and contemplate God's plan for their future in our Church. This is not the end of their spiritual journey! The door is open for their next step…

8th Grade Confirmation preparation:  We offer these 8th graders twice a month curriculum program throughout the school year. Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated within the Parish once a year, generally in the spring. Teenagers must attend the program designed to prepare them for this Sacrament. We expect these 8th graders to attend curriculum class programming, service projects, Luke 18 retreat, 5:30 p.m. mass and parish events.

PSR conveniently offers a couple different session times: (August - May)

Sunday morning: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (Kindergarten - 7th grade)

                             10:30-11:30 a.m. (Pre-School class meets during the family mass)

Sunday evening: 5:30-8:30 p.m. (8th Grade Confirmation – classes meet September thru April twice a month, and this includes evening mass and curriculum)

Monday afternoon: 4:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Kindergarten – 7th grade)

Family Mass in the St. Anselm Worship Space: 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning (donuts following mass)

Youth/Teen Mass in the St. Anselm Worship Space: 5:30 p.m. every Sunday evening


Vacation Bible School -

What is VBS? A week long program consisting of music sing-alongs, art projects, creative daily teachings, and other fun activities all centered on our Christian faith! This is a fun summer camp where kids laugh and play while learning about God! Children ages 3 years old - Grade 5 are welcome to participate. Teen volunteers act as aides in the classrooms, while college students and adults act as teachers throughout the week. This is a great way for teens to earn service hours. This camp usually takes place in late July. Call Marge Meiners for more information. mmeiners@stanselmstl.org

Interested in being an Altar Server?

Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for Classroom Catechists and Teacher Helpers

Time Commitment:

  • In addition to weekly class time, we gather 4 times a year (August, November, February & May) on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, prayer, and a teachers’ meeting.
  • VBS volunteers need to be available for a week in the summer from 9 a.m. to Noon.

If you have any questions, contact Marge Meiners at 314.878.2120, ext. 17 or at mmeiners@stanselmstl.org.


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