13013 Chillicothe Road
Chesterland, OH 44026

PH: 440.729.7806
FX: 440.729.3524 office@stanselmschool.org






Be like children of the light for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and right living and truth.

Ephesians 5:9-10









Religious Education Program


Saint Anselm School is an integral part of the Catholic Community that gathers to share faith and Eucharist. The religious dimension of our Catholic faith is infused throughout the entire school program. The environment of the school fosters growth in students’ personal faith, and assists them in developing values consistent with living a spiritually oriented life in an increasingly secular culture.Religious Education and/or instruction are paramount to our very existence. The passing on of our Catholic Faith and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ is at the very core of our daily life.

Catholic instruction is divided into the following areas: profession of faith, celebration of the Christian mystery, the life of Christ, and prayer (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Living faith is woven throughout the school and the school program. Reading of scripture, daily personal prayer, and liturgical celebration focus attention on the Christian foundation of the school.

Observance of the various sacraments and the celebration of Mass constitute the “celebration of the Christian mystery.” Student instruction and participation in the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation are part of the school program. Preparation for the first celebration of these sacraments is done through involvement in the Parish Program for Sacraments.

A life in Christ is expressed in the call issued on a daily basis to live as Jesus lived. Service projects for the needy, family events, prayer partners, respect for life, and an awareness of the Christ in each other are constantly nurtured in the students.

Prayer is important in our growing relationship and communication with God. Different aspects of a prayerful life are woven within the school program and students are invited to develop a habit of regular prayer. Daily prayer occurs within the classrooms. Prayer services and liturgy occur on a regular basis for the whole school.

Religion classes are taught daily for at least 30 minutes on all grade levels. Weekly Mass on Fridays by the entire school further nurtures the faith life. Parents are encouraged to join us for these celebrations on Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

Attendance at parent education programs is required for those whose children will be receiving the following sacraments:




Children in Grade Two receive instruction in the Sacrament of Eucharist and have the opportunity to receive the Eucharist. The Director of Religious Education communicates meetings and formative activities for the parents of those children preparing for First Eucharist.




Children receive instruction in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation in Grade Two. Parent programs are also provided for children in the second grade.




Those students of Saint Anselm Parish in the eighth grade may receive the sacrament of Confirmation after participating in the parish formation program.


Children in all grades are encouraged to receive these Sacraments regularly. Students in Grades 2 through 8 have scheduled opportunities for Reconciliation throughout the school year.




All school liturgies are held weekly throughout the year on Fridays or on other special occasions. Parents are encouraged to attend. Families are encouraged to serve as Eucharistic Ministers for these occasions.


Christian Formation in Sexuality


Saint Anselm School follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Cleveland in Christian Formation in Sexuality.