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Family/Children's Mass

Held once a month, usually on the 1st Sunday, during the Religious Education Program year. Children from Grades 1-4 are gift bearers, greeters, and hand out the bulletins. Children in Grades 5-8 are collectors and readers.

Votives Accountability

Children “learn” religion through experience, particularly by
watching and imitating those they love best. Faith is something that
is “caught” rather that “taught”. Classroom learning informs, gives
data, and reinforces what the children should be experiencing.

Homework and quizzes are meaningful activities as they supplement or reinforce work done in the classroom. Each student will hand in a
written homework assignment about the Gospel & Homily or if Mass was not attended, a note why it was not done. Individual classes may also have assignments to reinforce learning that may need your supervision. In addition, parents of children in all grades are asked to teach their children the prayers assigned to each grade. At the discretion of the Catechist and Administration, a student may not be allowed to continue to the next level if he/she has not completed assigned work and memorized prayers.

Progress Reports are distributed three times a year (November, February, and May) to each child in the program. We ask that you review the Progress Report , sign it and return it with your child January. You may arrange to speak to your child’s catechist through the Religious Education office. Faith is a gift from God and cannot be measured or graded. However, student evaluations based on attendance, participation, and knowledge of Catholic doctrine are a valuable form of communication between parents and students. This information will always be made available to parents.

The Religious Education team wishes to work as closely as possible with the parents in order to share the beautiful riches of our Christian faith and to impart the doctrinal knowledge that frees us to stand up and call ourselves Roman Catholics. At times there may arise the need for one to voice his/her concerns about a particular issue. As respectfully as possible, the catechist should always be addressed first. This can be done through the Religious Education Office where the parties will contact one another. Unresolved issues should then be brought to the attention of the Parish Catechetical Leader. Concerns will be handled on an individual basis with the party involved. Further unresolved concerns should be addressed to the Pastor of the church, and he will take appropriate action on behalf of all involved.