Our Lady Fatima


PH (337) 232-8945 • FAX (337) 232-0323

2319 JOHNSON STREET • LAFAYETTE, LA 70503 • PH (337) 232-8945 • FAX (337) 232-0323

Religious Education

Keep my commands and live my teaching as the apple of your eye…
(Proverbs, 7-2)

The mission of the Office of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church is to provide opportunities for adults and children of the parish to enrich themselves in their Catholic faith. Strong emphasis is placed on sacramental preparation – Baptism, First Holy Eucharist, Confirmation and RCIA. Opportunities for religious enrichment for children include CCD classes and Summer Vacation Bible School. Adult and young adult opportunities include Bible study classes, “Women of Grace” religious formation studies for women, instructional CD’s and pamphlets on timely issues, “That Man is You” for the men of our parish, a well-stocked Parish Library, etc.

Education, like faith, is not a passive activity. It requires a commitment of time and energy. If you are a parent, you already know that your child’s success in learning requires work on your part as well. Faith that is taught in church and nurtured at home is the best form of education.

We look forward to working with you and your family as you nurture and grow in your faith. If we can be of any assistance, please contact the Religious Education Department.

May God Bless You and Your Family,
Lisa Melancon
Director of Religious Education
Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church/ School


Sacramental Programs

Parents are required by the Diocese of Lafayette to attend baptismal preparation classes. Please access this link for upcoming dates and registration information. More information available here.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist:
Parents of second graders wishing to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Eucharist must receive religious education either by attending a Catholic School or religious education through an accepted means such as CCD. Registration Forms and information regarding sacramental preparation is accessible on the Baptism subpage.

Pre Confirmation

Students who are entering the 8th & 9th grades and have been receiving regular religious instruction either in a Catholic school or in CCD, are eligible to enroll for Pre Confirmation instruction. Pre Confirmation instruction is required before entering Confirmation classes. Please access more information on the Preconfirmation subpage.

Students who are entering the 11th grade and/or 16 years of age and have been receiving regular religious instruction either in a Catholic school or in CCD, are eligible to enroll for Confirmation instruction. Please access more information on the Confirmation subpage.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA):
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as RCIA, is the way the Roman Catholic Church brings adults into full membership. Information regarding registration and schedules are accessible thru these links. More information available on the RCIA subpage.

Religious education is held for students who do not attend Catholic schools from grades Kindergarten through 10th grade.


Other Education Opportunities – Children & Adults


Summer Day Camp:
Children going into Kindergarten through the 5th grade attend a week-long educational and fun summer program usually the last week in June. Please refer to the bulletin for particulars regarding this program beginning in the Spring. More information available here.

COME LORD JESUS! Weekly bible study groups.Call our Parish today to join a group.

Women of Grace Study: Formation for Women and Female Teachers in our Parish

The journey begins with your sharing in a 9 week study program with other women in the parish. This life-changing spiritual formation program was put together by EWTN personality Johnnette Benkovic. Many of you may be familiar with Johnnette’s weekly television/radio program and her “rock solid” approach. Her study program is designed to teach women about God’s mission and purpose for their lives.

The study program is ONLY 9 weeks in duration with a final Mass & Graduation ceremony at the end –for a total of 10 weeks. The study format consists of a video teaching, and break-out sessions for discussion and fellowship.   Through the format, women are fed spiritually, intellectually and emotionally, and seek to embrace their gift of authentic femininity as daughters of God.   From college- aged to women upward of 80 years and beyond, there is something in this study for everyone.

Teachers at Our Lady of Fatima School can receive religious educational credit for attending the study. Call Kristen Dunbar, DRE at Fatima School, for more information, (337) 235-2464.

Call Stephanie Supple, Parish WOG Coordinator, for more information (337) 232-8945.

That Man Is You Study: Formation for Men in our Parish – Beginning September 10, 2015

Come join us on Thursdays in Knight Hall for a GREAT BREAKFAST, and get some “soul food” as well. The itinerary is below, and will remain the same throughout the 13 week sessions:

5:45am to 6:15am – Breakfast

6:15am to 6:45am – Presentation

6:45am to 7:15am – Small Group Discussions/Dismissal

Lena B. Ritchie Memorial Library and Other Resources Services:
The library contains a wide variety of reading and resource material on issues relating to the Catholic faith. The library is currently open during regular Parish hours. CD and pamphlet racks in Church are stocked with educational materials, some free, some available for a nominal fee. These items address spiritual as well as social issues and are constantly updated.

This committee is dedicated to providing educational opportunities on the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. A pro-life memorial is set-up in the front of church every year and a prayer service is held to end abortion and for the conversion of all who have participated in the culture of death.