Religious Education


“At the heart of catechesis we find a Person, Jesus of Nazareth.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church)

ST. JOHN NEUMANN PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION AND YOUTH MINISTRY HANDBOOK – 2012-2013

Class cancellation policy:
We will follow Knox County Public Schools for weather and sickness closings.  In the event that CCD does not meet due to a local emergency (example:  power outage), the classroom telephone tree will be activated.

We’d like to share a few points for the 2012-2013 school year:

  • Positive Start: to the week, with Sunday Mass; on the daily level, with prayer & a “good morning” to the Lord & each other.
  • Attendance: We will contact after absences.
  • Snow Policy: No class in case of extreme wintry weather
  • Communications:
    • A phone tree will be established; this can help in cases of need for prompt messages (esp. weather)
    • Anita can be reached at the parish office at (966-4540), the school office (777-0077), or by e-mail using the website contact form.
    • Office hours: best to contact Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday a.m.
    • We will stay in touch also with e-mails, notes, bulletin board, flyers, Q & A box, etc.
    • Do not hesitate to call or e-mail for more information or with any questions.
  • Dress Code: Appropriate, modest attire
  • Learning Objectives: you will receive these, along with resources and websites, for home.
  • Faith & Volunteer Opportunities: see our sign-ups!

Once again, WELCOME to our partnership in FAITH!

The Family’s Role in Catechesis (from The Catechism of the Catholic Church)

  • Parents are the principal and first educators of their children. (1653)
  • Believing families are of primary importance as centers of living radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica (domestic church). It is in the bosom of the family that parents are “by word and example…the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children.” (1656)
  • The Christian family…is a community of faith, hope and charity; it assumes singular importance in the Church. (2204)
  • The family is a privileged community. (2206)
  • The family is the original cell of social life….The family is the community in which, from childhood, one can learn moral values, begin to honor God, and make good use of freedom. Family life is an initiation into life in society. (2207)
  • The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute. (2221)
  • Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children….The home is well suited for education in the virtues. (2223)
  • Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years… Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. (2226)

Registration:
Publicized registration information is mailed at the end of July to those who are previously registered in the program.

Attendance:
The Office of Religious Education monitors student attendance. To ensure continuity of information and formation, students should attend all scheduled classes. Random and inconsistent attendance diminishes the class dynamic and makes it difficult for the teacher to plan lessons that build on material covered in previous lessons.  If a child must be absent due to personal illness or unavoidable circumstances, a call to the Office of Religious Education (966-4540) or the child’s teacher would be greatly appreciated.

Prompt arrival is vital as is making sure students are picked up on time after class. To assure the availability of adult supervision, students should be dropped off no more than 10 minutes prior to the beginning of class. Requests for a change in classroom section are subject to a $25 fee. Please phone the Office of Religious Education or send a signed note to the Coordinator of the CCD program at least one week in advance of the change.  Class change requests will be considered on an individual basis.

Behavior:
Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times, both inside and outside the buildings.  Once they have arrived, students are not permitted to leave the parish facility grounds or school, unless the class is going on a planned outing and students have a signed parent permission slip on file.

Classroom behavior will be caring, responsible, and respectful.  All electronic devices (including, but not limited to cell phones and hand held games) are to be turned off and put away.  Parents will be notified in the event a student’s behavior disrupts the learning atmosphere of the classroom.  If this occurs, the student will wait in the office while the parent is contacted to pick up the child.  Repeated instances will brought to the attention of the pastoral associate.  Decisions will be made by the Coordinator of the CCD program, the pastoral associate, or the pastor.

Dress Code:
Modesty is a virtue.  Dress will be modest and appropriate.  Shorts and skirts must be at least finger-tip length.  Tight-fitting, revealing tops are prohibited; midriffs must be covered at all times.  T shirt messages are required to be appropriate to a Catholic institution and are subject to approval by the Office of Religious Education.

Meetings and Information:
Parents are asked to accompany their students to the opening session of CCD.  At this time, parents will be provided an overview of the year and will visit their children’s classroom, where they will have the opportunity to become acquainted with their child’s teacher, share their expectations and vision, and have questions answered. Please make attending this meeting a priority.

The weekly parish bulletin, information posted at the church, e-mail and postal correspondence from the teacher and office are all good sources of information.   Parents will be notified of specific information that pertains to their child, including sacramental workshops, meetings, and scheduled activities. Families can contribute to the success of these attempts by making sure they read, in a timely manner, all communication that arrives in the mail or is sent home with students.  Families must be “officially” registered in the parish in order to receive mailings

Sunday Mass:
As Catholics, we believe that “the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life” (CCC 2177). Parents, whom at Baptism assume “their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them,” (CCC 1251) are obliged to share the faith with their children through Sunday and Holyday of Obligation Mass attendance.

Second Grade Sacraments:
Click to view Second Grade Sacrements
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Confirmation:
Confirmation preparation is a one-year process, and is administered independently of the RE program. Click here for more information.

Students in Need of “Missed” Sacraments:
Parents should contact the Office of Religious Education office (966-4540) immediately if their child has “missed” reception of a sacrament (those not baptized or beyond second grade and have not yet received the sacraments of Reconciliation or First Communion).  Students will continue to attend RE at their grade level and will receive additional instruction for the necessary sacrament(s).  Children who are seven years or older will be baptized at the Easter Vigil. Those under age seven may be baptized at any time during the year.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities:
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High School Youth Ministry:
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