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Religious Education (CCD)

 

St. Margaret Mary's Religious Education 2019-2020

"Let the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."

Pastor: Reverend Keith Kenney

Director: Deacon John DelQuadro

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DEACON JOHN DELQUADRO

First Holy Communion/Confirmation Plan

The following information is designed to help parents in preparing their children to receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation. In March, we were ordered to shut down the program as part of the diocese plan to deal with Covid-19. For many, plans had to be changed and sponsors had to be notified of the cancellation. Now, we are in Phase 1 of the reopening which presents us with the following challenges:

     1. We are only permitted to have 25% of our church's capacity in attendance for Mass.             2. Sonsors need to be notified so they can adjust schedules and be in attendance.                   3. Students have forgotten some of the material that was covered prior to shut down.               4. Many students/and families go away for summer to visit relatives.                                       5. Many Teachers have already left for vacation.                                                                     6. Classrooms are not designed to promote social distancing.

That being the case, we will plan to resume classes for First Holy Communion/Confirmation beginning on the 13th of August at 6:30 p.m. By that time, public school should be back in session and the students and teachers will have returned from summer vacation. At that time, teachers, and I will assess the child's knowledge and determine which are prepared to receive the sacrament. The names of those who demonstrate proficiency and have all documentation on file, will be put on a list of those who will be receiving the Sacraments in early September. While the date has not been set yet, we will have this by August when your chgild reports for the first session, which will give your sponsor time to plan this into their schedule. Those who are not yet prepared will continue to attend class every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and be quizzed each week until they can show readiness. Those who are not prepared by September, will need to repeat the class starting in the fall.

Your brother in Christ,

Deacon John DelQuadro

There is a packet in English and Spanish for parents/guardians to pick up in the office to assist their student(s) to be prepared for their first meeting with Deacon John on August 13th, 2020.

 

Religious Education  (CCD)

  

Dear parents, grandparents, and guardians,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2019-2020 Religious Education (CCD) program.

This year, we will be expanding the program, in a way that allows us to partner with you in providing a quality religious education experience for your child. Our emphasis will be to provide a safe and friendly environment that will allow each and every child to grow in their relationship with God and His Church.

Children enrolled in "Sacrament classes" will receive a report card every other month to keep parents informed of their progress. They will be graded in the following categories; academics based on test scores, class attendance, and Mass attendance. In each category, they must maintain an 85% in order to pass.

Deacon John DelQuadro - Religious Education Coordinator 

 

Parent's Responsibility

1. Assure child's attendance is regular and punctual.

2. Ensure child's pick up from class is on time.

3. Provide required documentation for proposed sponsor by Ash Wednesday 2020

     a. Sponsors must be Catholic in good standing

     b. Sponsors must be 16 or older

     c. Sponsor must have received Sacraments of Initiation.

4. Assure child follows the code of content and our dress code.

5. Support classroom presentations by reveiwing student on material covered.

6. Provide proof that parent and student attends Mass each Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation.

Confirmation/First Holy Communion Requirements and Responsibilities

1. Students have received Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation

2. Student is in 3rd grade or above.

3. Parents must attend continuing education workshops that will be held once monthly, and a mandatory retreat on 2.15.2020

If your child is preparing for Confirmation, you will need to provide a certificate to prove the child's Baptism. You will also need to provide a copy of the proposed sponsor's Baptism certificate. In order to comply with this requirement, the sponsor will need to contact the parish where they were Baptized and request a "fresh" copy. Quite often, Baptism certificates include a record of further Sacraments. If the sponsor's does not include this, they have to provide additional certificates to prove all other Sacraments.

Parents will be given a folder at orientation to hold all required documents. You must turn this folder in to Dcn. John only. This must be done, by Ash Wednesday 2020. There will be no extensions on this deadline, so it would be best to choose a sponsor who can obtain this documentation easily.

We will communicate changes and reminders through a cellphone/email app called FlockNotes. If you are already receiving these notices, you should send a text message to 84576 and type cara in the message body. They will send you a link to guide you in registering. There is no cost for this.

 

Code of Coduct

Rules are in place to ensure a safe and friendly environment. Any, and all violations will be addressed promptly.

1. Respect yourself, others and property with your words, actions, and deeds.

2. Listen and follow instructions from teachers.

3. Be reverent in the house of God.

4. Electronic devices are to be kept in off mode during hours of instruction.
 

The consequences for rule violations are:

1. First violation - warning from teacher

2. Second violation - referral to director

3. Third violation - conference with parent

4. Fourth violation - student's dismissal from religious education program.

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Coping with Corona

One of the three pronged approaches to keeping your body and soul healthy in trying times.

And With Your Spirit

Many houses of worship will be closed for weekend services over the next four to eight weeks. This will leave many family leaders concerned about the spiritual needs of their children and themselves. Enter Pope St. John Paul II, who taught that the family is the "domestic church". By this, he meant that families are the building blocks that make up the diocese and, by extension, the overall Church. That said, now is the time when "heads of households" need to step up and become the support our Church needs, by prayerfully asking for God's grace and guidance while setting that as an example for their children to follow.

There are many ways this can be done, but first on the list has to be praying together for the needs of our world. Taking that one step further, have the family gather on Sunday to participate with a televised Mass. Afterward, parents could guide the conversation to the Gospel reading for that day. If you have younger children, it might be a good idea to have them draw the scene that comes to mind while an older sibling reads. Older children could reflect and journal their thoughts and insights. Sometimes, it is also interesting to have the children share any insights they may have gained from the homily.

Another good idea would be to make a family visit to your parish church, on Sunday, and spend some time with the Lord in close proximity to where He resides...in the tabernacle.

A family might also pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This is the official prayer of the Church and has its roots in the Psalms. It has been prayed worldwide by clergy and laity alike for many centuries. Its recitation crosses all times zones and has been compared to a stream that runs constantly around our world. In a sense, praying the hours is like joining that stream and becoming part of the flow. These prayers can be found online at divineoffice.org.

Other options include; the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, a novena, or any of the endless devotions our Church offers. The bottom line being; to keep our families strong through prayer, and trust that God has the present, as well as a much brighter future, in hand.

Written by Deacon John DelQuado

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Thursday Evening Classes

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Kindergarten classes    6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Sunday Afternoon Classes

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Kindergarten Classes

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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