Religious Education

“Catechesis aims at putting “people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 426

Mission

Our Faith Formation program at Holy Spirit strives to provide an atmosphere where families can experience God’s Word and Love so that through religious education instruction, faith becomes living, conscious and active in their daily lives. We believe this foundation will allow each child and family to thrive in today’s world.  For our children to accept and be nourished by the teachings of the Church, parents also must be involved directly in teaching the faith to their children.  At Holy Spirit we look to partner with the family, the “domestic church,” as the most important Christian influence since it is in the home that a child learns that faith.  Children learn from their parents by word and by example. We seek to support families with faith-filled and formed catechesis, Catholic resources to engage the whole family and opportunities for families to live out the sacramental life of the Church. Religious education classes reinforce the traditions of that faith and each child’s Roman Catholic identity, while the parish supports the child in learning to celebrate that faith in the community. 

Through the cooperative effort of parents, catechists, and students, our children will grow in their love for God and knowledge of their Catholic faith, develop their God-given gifts and talents, and live as contributing, respectable citizens through their commitment to service as Catholic Christians.

Goals

  • Message/Word: guiding families toward a deeper personal understanding of our Catholic faith by teaching Jesus’ message of love through Scripture, Tradition and History of the Catholic Church.
  • Worship/Prayer: assisting families with spiritual development and prayer by providing a variety of communal prayer and worship experiences that involve people in the sacramental life of the church.
  • Family: creating a partnership where all family members feel comfortable sharing their time, talents, and faith.
  • Community: nurturing meaningful relationships between families, the parish, and the public and encouraging everyone to take responsibility as leaders in parish and community-wide programs.
  • Service and Justice: empowering families to work for social justice by addressing human suffering, serving those in need, pursuing peace, and defending the life and dignity of all people.

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Attendance Policy

A critical part of religious education classes is regular and punctual attendance, unless illness or other serious reason, prevent attendance. An absence may be excused in advance with a plan to make up the lesson. At the end of the religious education year, the Catechist will recommend the student for advancement to. Any family/student that has not completed missed lessons to the satisfaction of the Catechist may be granted, on a case-by-case basis, an opportunity to make up the missed lessons after a parent/guardian has met with the Director of Religious Education (DRE) and a plan to make up the missed leson has been agreed to. Continued unexcused absenteeism means that further advancement, and/or participation in sacramental programs may be seriously jeopardized.

Missed Grades

All grade levels of religious education are important, each assisting the child to grow in a deeper knowledge of God and of their faith as a disciple of Jesus Christ and as a member of the Catholic community. If a child/family misses a year of religious education, please contact the DRE to develop a plan to make up the missed work. Completion of grades 1 and 2 of religious education classes or Catholic school religion classes are required before entering the Communion preparation program in Grade 2. Completion of grades 3 through 8 of religious education classes or Catholic school religion classes are required before entering the Confirmation preparation program in Grade 8.

Home Schooling

Home schooling, generally, is not permitted unless a serious reason exists and permission is granted by the DRE in consultation with the Pastor. Parents and students are required to meet with the DRE at least twice during the religious education year so that adequate progress and completion of the lessons can be demonstrated. Parents are responsible for contacting the DRE to set-up such meetings, failure to do so could jeopardize advancement to the next grade.

Inclement Weather Policy

On Sundays, we will try to anticipate any hazardous weather conditions on Saturday evening. Notification of cancelled classes will be posted on the website, News 12 and via email and/or text message. Missed classes will be rescheduled. Do not venture out if conditions are hazardous. Mass will continue to be held at the regularly scheduled times Saturday 5:15 p.m., Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Cancellation of Holy Spirit religious education classes will be posted on News Channel 12 and this website

 

 

 

Director of Religious Education

Tricia LaValle

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