St. Jude

Parish School of Religion (PSR)

Mission and Philosophy of the Religious Education Program

Under the loving guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, the Religious Education Program here at St. Jude endeavors to educate the minds and hearts of the children enrolled – regardless of race, color, creed or special needs and to provide an atmosphere that will encourage the development of their spiritual awareness.  As Catholic Christians, we are called upon to practice and reflect on the love that Jesus the Christ has for us.

Ever mindful that faith development begins with the Christian home. Parents being the primary example of moral principles and values.  Cooperation is needed to achieve our challenging goals.

Trusting in God’s special love for each one of us, we are reminded of His promises – with God all things are possible!


St. Jude offers religious education classes for public school students in grades K - 8.  Classes are held on Sunday mornings 9:30–10:45 am at St. Jude School.  Classes for 2023-2024 begin Sunday, September 10th.  The yearly schedule, registration forms and PSR Handbook are located as a link under PSR Documents at the bottom of this web page.

The sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation are celebrated at the appropriate grade levels and registered parish.  Students must successfully complete all prior grade levels before they will be accepted into a sacrament grade level class.

Payment of tuition is expected to be rendered with the registration form.  Yearly tuition for the PSR program is:

$80 for one child

$100 for 2 children

$140 for three or more children

Tuition waivers and discounts are available for parents who volunteer as teachers and teacher’s aides in the PSR program.  However, no child will be denied a religious education due to a lack of payment.  If you are unable to volunteer in the program and need tuition assistance, please contact the parish office.


Forms and fees can be placed in the St. Jude collection basket, the parish office or mailed to:

St. Jude Parish/PSR
Attn: Brock Japsen
5924 Bridgetown Road
Cincinnati, OH 45248

All PSR volunteers must be Catholic, attend mass regularly, and follow the laws of the church in their daily lives.  They must also be committed to preparing and following the established religious curriculum and lesson plans.

PSR teachers and aides are encouraged to attend the spiritual formation classes for catechist certification offered by the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese requires all adult PSR volunteers (over age 18) to be fingerprinted and to attend a VIRTUS - Child Protection Decree Orientation Class. 

If you have any questions, please contact the DRE, Brock Japsen at bjapsen@divinemercyfam.org