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St. Bernard and St. Joseph at 17665 Old Post Rd., Wamego, KS 66547 US - RE Handbook

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Table of Contents * Opening statement * Philosophy of Religious Education * Policies: Registration * “ Attendance * “ Public Schools & Outside Activities * “ Discipline * Course contents * Elementary * Specifics of Sacramental Programs * Confirmation Curriculum * RCIC Assignments & Testing Reports * Adult Programs * Library * Safety * Traffic * Emergency Closings *************************************** Opening Statement “Parents are the first and foremost catechists of their children. They catechize informally but powerfully by example and instruction. They communicate values and attitudes by showing love for Christ, His Church and for each other, by reverently receiving the Eucharist and living in Its’ spirit, and by fostering justice and love in all their relationships. Their active involvement in the parish, their readiness to frequent and spontaneous prayer, all make meaningful their profession of belief. Parents nurture faith in their children by showing them the richness and beauty of a lived faith.” (Catholic Bishops of the U.S., National catechetical Directory, #212) Prayer: Holy Spirit, we have been given the gift of our children to nurture and guide. May we be faithful in our calling as parents and teachers and allow you to work through us for your greater honor and glory and the salvation of those entrusted to our care. Amen These policies and procedures were approved by the Religious Education Board and Pastoral Council. *************************************** PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION This program exists to provide religious education programs for all members of the parish families and for anyone interested in the Catholic faith. The program covers Pre-school through Adult opportunities. Our aim is to share in passing on the gift of faith received at Baptism., so that others may find the truth and peace in the knowledge of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Christ and guided by His Holy Spirit. In this way we wish to cooperate with the Lord in building up the community of saints who He has called to Himself in this generation. We consider the Ministry of Religious Education a sacred calling. Those involved in this ministry will be encouraged in every way to develop their own faith and prayer life. We realize that apart from Christ and His Church, we cannot carry on this ministry. We consider ourselves co-workers with the parents of the children enrolled in this program and partners in the journey of faith with the adults who join us. It is our intention to be obedient to the Pope and Bishops in communion with him, particularly our local Bishop. We will follow the guidelines provided by the Church and set forth by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS in reference to all Church teachings. We accept the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Church) and give our assent to it. *************************************** POLICIES The following policies are necessary to insure that the small amount of time available can be put to good use. Those who enroll their children are asked to be familiar with these policies and assist us in implementing them. PARENTAL EXAMPLE: Parents should be actively practicing the faith. This includes most importantly attending Mass on the Sabbath and Holy Days of Obligation, as well as learning and adhering to the teachings of the church in matters of faith and morals. Non-catholic parents and students are welcome but are asked to respect Catholic belief and practice. REGISTRATION: The time and place of registration will be announced each August and posted on the parish calendar and in the rear of the church. Cooperation in registering at these times will enable us to have adequate supplies and seating. Those unable to make the posted registration are asked to call the office. If you know of any family who is not registered and may be interested please notify the office. The phone numbers are in the front of this booklet. A copy of your child’s Baptism certificate is necessary when registering for the first time if the child was NOT baptized at St. Bernard, Wamego, KS FEES: Fees cover books and materials necessary for the program and are payable at the time of registration. $15 per student in grades Pre-school thru 12. $25 for two and $35 for three or more. WAIVED FEES: No student will be turned away due to inability to pay. Partial or total payment will be waived. Please speak to the Director if you have any questions. Waived fees are confidential. Checks may be made out to St. Bernard Religious Education. **Catechists and Aides are not required to pay fees. Their services are in lieu of payment. IF A STUDENT LOSES HIS/HER TEXT THERE IS A $12 FEE TO REPLACE IT. If a student habitually loses/fails to return printed material and it has to be recopied there will be a $.10 fee per page. Books, supply lists and room assignments will be given out at registration. ATTENDANCE: All students are requested to attend ALL classes and functions. This includes scheduled Masses and special events for Sacramental prep. This requires a commitment on the part of the parent and student. If a student must be absent, the PARENT is requested to call the office or the Catechist prior to class or as soon as possible. Students are required to make up class work when absent. Work will be sent home when the child returns to class and should be completed and returned the following week. A student who has been absent without a valid excuse must report to the office before being admitted to class. If unexcused absences continue the student may be asked to leave the program. Unexcused absences and lateness will be reported to the parents as soon as possible. **CATECHISTS— Please pick up folders from the office before each class. Take attendance at the beginning of each class and write (P) for Present, (L) for Late, if the student comes in after the bell, and (E) for Excused if the parent has called you. If you do not know if the absence is valid leave the space blank. Please return the folders to the office after class. DISCIPLINE: Classroom order is a must if effective teaching is to be done. The very nature of religious education requires that an attitude of respect and charity prevail. Cursing, swearing. Suggestive or disrespectful gestures cannot be tolerated. Catechists and other students must be treated in a proper Christian manner or any other “knowledge” will be meaningless. Christianity in word but not practice is NOT Christianity. In the spirit of charity, Catechists and Aides are to see that the following are carried out: 1. Classroom rules are to be posted in each classroom. (It might be a good idea to make up rules with your class and post them) 2. Students are to be in the classroom ready to begin work @ 6:30pm. All personal needs are to be attended to before class. Students should have the necessary supplies READY for each class. Students who habitually come unprepared are to be sent to the office to call their parents to bring the necessary items. 3. There will be NO radios, cassettes etc., allowed in the room without the expressed permission of the Catechist. 4. ***Food items, chewing gum and other edibles, including pop should not be brought into the classroom without permission from the OFFICE. (We do understand there are times when students get out of practice and bring supper to class.) 5. Students who write on desks or otherwise deface school property will be responsible for clean-up and/or damages. 6. Classroom parties are to be limited to special occasions and are to be cleared with the office beforehand. Students wishing to bring treats for birthdays etc. may do so but they are to be given out at the end of class. They may be eaten at the end of class or taken home. Each class is to see that the room is left in order and all perishable trash brought to the dumpster outside. 7. A general rule for the program will be the THREE STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT RULE. It requires little discussion or lost time. This is how it works: a. First infringement –call student by name and calmly explain what is wrong. DO NOT ENTER INTO A DISCUSSION. b. Second offense-write the student’s name on the board quietly. No explanation is necessary as the student has already been made aware that his/her behavior is out of bounds. c. Third offense-underline the student’s name. Send the Aide or another student to the office to have the offender removed. The student will have to complete the discipline sheet while in the office. (see back of booklet). Parents are to be called. d. The student will not be re-admitted to class until the problem is addressed and an apology given to the Catechist and class for the disruptive behavior. It should not be necessary to repeat this more than once. If the student continues to have problems these will be addressed to the director, the Pastor and the Parish Council Representative if necessary. *Catechist, please send a list of any names that are on the board to the office with your folder. If a student is a habitual “first offender” each class, you may leave the name on the board and the next time you have to speak to the student go to step two. 8. Catechists are not to grant early dismissal to a class. If you need to leave early, please notify the office so someone can cover for you. PLEASE BEGIN AND END EACH CLASS WITH THE “ACT OF CONTRITION” Dress Code: Students are asked to dress appropriately. No short shorts, no shirts with sides opened up. Please dress modestly. *************************************** COURSE CONTENTS: We use “Christ Our Life” series published by Loyola and written by the School Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio for grades Pre-school through 8. The following is a scope and sequence chart of the program. An * indicates that this is emphasized at this grade level. Also in the column is a list of prayers the student should know by the end of the year. These prayers are the responsibility of the parents and will not be taught in class. However we will have the students recite them and keep a record of mastery. High School Program: We currently use a variety of materials from St. Mary’s Press, Brown Publishers, Tabor press and several video series. The programs are set up with a core theme and mini themes determined by need and student interest, using the guidelines in the National Catechetical Directory. Particulars will be given out at the beginning of each year as to subject content for that grade. *************************************** SPECIFICS OF SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMS: All sacramental programs are based on Church and Diocesan guidelines and are re-evaluated periodically in reference to these. *** Sacramental programs are based on readiness and not necessary on grade level. Each sacrament has a minimum two year preparation program. Students who have no formal religious education will be required to attend the two year program. With the exception of second graders, who will be placed in the first grade class, older students will be placed in their grade level and given additional hours of instruction to assure that sufficient preparation has been given for their age level. As the primary educators of their children, parents have the first and most important influence on the faith development of their children. It is expected that all children in our sacramental programs attend Mass on a regular basis and that the Catholic faith is an integral part of family life. Parents will be expected to attend special preparation meetings. These meetings will be scheduled and announced in advance through the bulletin, take home notes and from the altar. If neither parent can attend a scheduled meeting, arrangements must be made for an individual meeting or a responsible adult may be designated by the parent to attend. Failure to do this may jeopardize your child receiving the sacrament with the class. RECONCILIATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST: Reconciliation (Penance, Confession) takes place prior to First Eucharist and MUST be received before receiving First Eucharist. Reconciliation will be received in the late Fall/early winter. Our parish program will be explained more fully at the Parents Reconciliation meetings and First Eucharist Meetings. CONFIRMATION: Confirmation has been celebrated every other year here. The program is based on the RCIA model of Christian Initiation. The main text used for the doctrinal content is “New Catholic Vision” by Fr. Mark Link. Confirmation Candidates are expected to attend two Confirmation retreats provided by the parish. Attendance of every class is expected. If a students misses he/she is expected to call the office & make up class. RCIC: The Rite of Christian Initiation for children will be provided for those children younger than age 14, who are interested in the catholic Faith who: 1. Have never been baptized 2. Were baptized in another Christian faith and are seeking full communion. This program will be in addition to the regular class on Wednesday P.M. Scheduling will be announced as needed. ASSIGNMENTS AND TESTING: Students may be given some assignment at least once a month. Some programs consists of various materials that can be used for this purpose. Students are to be return assigned work the following week unless otherwise indicated. Catechists should keep a record of completed assignments. Virtus Training for Catechist and anyone working with young people: VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "right doing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empowerorganizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. The word virtus derives from Latin, and means valor, moral strength, excellence, and worth. In ancient times, virtus denoted a way of life and manner of behavior that always aspired to the highest, most positive attributes of people and aspects of human interaction. ADULT PROGRAMS BAPTISM PREPARATION: Baptism preparation is required for those wishing to have a child baptized who have not attended this program before. Expectant parents, parents and sponsors are welcome. Times and place will be announced in the bulletin. No registration is needed. MARRIAGE PREPARATION: Marriage preparation is required in this Diocese. It is provided at a regional or diocesan location. Information for this program can be obtained by calling the rectory. RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is provided for those interested in the Catholic faith and who are 14 years or older. This includes those who have never been baptized or those baptized in another faith interested in coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Any person interested in learning more about Catholic beliefs is invited to attend, there is no obligation to become a Catholic. ADULT EDUCATION: Various mini courses are available during the year depending on interest and need. Some adult education is provided through the parents programs. Programs will be listed in the bulletin. CATECHIST CERTIFICATION: The Archdiocese of Kansas City, KS encourages certification and formation for all Catechists. Training is provided on a diocesan level and locally. “Home study” opportunities are also provided through this program for those unable to attend formal classes. St. Bernard is an outreach site for the Benedictine Institute of Religious Studies and courses are offered here in the spring and Fall. Notice is put in the bulletin. We appreciate the goodwill of our volunteers but also realize that goodwill is not always enough. We encourage all volunteers to participate in some formation for their own spiritual growth and the well being of their students. Credit is given for courses, workshops and individual studies that have been approved. Information can be obtained through the Religious Education Office. Copies of all certification hours are kept here and in the Office of Christian Formation in Kansas City. *************************************** LIBRARY: The library is available to all members of the parish. In addition to books we have some audio tapes and videos. For information on what is available please call or stop by the office. SAFETY: The safety of our students is very important. For this reason we ask that everyone who uses this facility follow these instructions: 1. If your child will be absent please call the office or the child’s Catechist as soon as possible. This will insure that your child is in class where he/she belongs and not elsewhere. 2. Please have your child here no later than 6:25 and no earlier than 6:10. Under no circumstances should children be dropped off before the building is open. Special arrangements may be made with the director for SHORT term or EMERGENCY situations. 3. Children are to come into the building immediately and not stay outside. 4. Children of Catechists or Aides are asked to wait either in the Library or with their parent until their Catechist arrives. 5. Students in grades Pre-school through Gr. 2 are to be picked up by a parent, older siblings or designated adults, in their classroom. Those responsible for picking up the child should be here at dismissal so the Catechist can go home. 6. Parents waiting in the halls are asked to keep the doors and corridors clear and to speak softly when classes are in session. 7. Emergency routes are posted in classrooms. TRAFFIC: Due to the number of children, the congestion and the late hour you are asked to PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RULES; 1. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE LOT. Do not park or stand in the driving lane to wait for your child. 2. Despite all efforts some children will run out, be especially careful of this. 3. It has been said to measure the level of charity in a church, watch how the people behave in the parking lot. Please keep this in mind when dropping off and picking up your child. 4. FOR ST. JOSEPH PARISH, IF POSSIBLE PLEASE KEEP THE WEST LANE OPEN IN FRONT OF THE RECTORY. EMERGENCY CLOSINGS: Classes will automatically be canceled in the event of severe weather under these conditions; 1. If the local public schools are closed or have an early dismissal BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER. 2. If a severe weather WARNING is in effect in our area after 5:30 P.M. 3. In the event of other emergency closings we will ask local schools to announce it if possible and notify local T.V. stations to make an announcement. Also a message will be left on the answering machine. 4. Each Catechist & Aide will be called, so if in doubt call them. WE CANNOT CALL EACH FAMILY (FOR ST. JOSEPH PARISH ONLY. IF CLASSES ARE CANCEL DUE TO WEATHER FATHER WILL ANNOUNCE AFTER THE 8:45AM MASS.) *************************************** The Memorare of St. Bernard Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen. Memorare Prayer to St. Joseph Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, my beloved Patron, that never it has been heard that anyone invoked our patronage and sought your aid without being comforted. Inspired by this confidence I come to you and fervently commend myself to you. Despise not my petition, O dearest foster father of our Redeemer, but accept it graciously. Amen. *************************************** Prayers You Should Know The Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The Our Father: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: they kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen. Hail Mary: Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Doxology: Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be a world without end. Amen. Grace Before Meals: Bless us O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your bounty through Christ our Lord. Amen. Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. *************************************** Prayers of an Altar Server: O God, You have graciously called me to serve You upon Your altar. Grant me the graces that I need to serve You faithfully and wholeheartedly. Grant too that while serving You, may I follow the example of St. Tarcisius, who died protecting the Eucharist, and walk the same path that led him to Heaven. St. Tarcisius, pray for me and for all servers. Amen. Nicene Creed: We believe in One God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. Prayer for Vocations: Eternal God...Bless your Church with holy and faithful priests, deacons, brothers and sisters. Give those you have called to the married state and those you have chosen to live as single persons in the world, the special graces that their lives require. Form us all in the likeness of your Son so that in him, with him and through him we may love you more deeply and serve you more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Apostle’s Creed: I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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