Welcome to the Saint Lucy's Religious Education Program, please take your time to
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This Family Centered Catechesis Program of Saint Lucy's Church is designed to engage the whole family in religious education and spiritual formation. By involving the entire family in catechesis, there is an opportunity for faith to be a continuing journey to deepen one's relationship with God and our community, at all stages in life. By enrolling your children to our program the whole family is encouraged to attend 11:00 am Mass every Sunday that is marked in their schedule that will be provided.
The Catechesis team of volunteers sees its primary role as active participation in the universal mission of the Roman Catholic Church, taking seriously the Gospel and centralizing the “Kingdom of God” in all our relationships. We are committed to awakening in our students and their families an appreciation of the faith dimension of their lives, an understanding of the Faith Community both locally and globally, and a realization that service to the world community is an important part of the Gospel message.
The Saint Lucy's Catechesis Program is offered to all the families that are registered as Parishioners. Classes are held on Sunday 9:30-11:00 am and Tuesdays 3:45-5:15pm, and it goes from September through the Second week of June.
Registration forms are available to all members of the parish by contacting the Program Administrator, Omar Navarro at 973-803-4207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms will not be processed without a Birth Certificate, Baptismal Certificate, and fee.
The enrollment fee is $100.00 per child which includes the Adult Learning Sessions.
Our Catechesis Philosophy
We strive to provide a safe environment for learning and to bring quality religious education to each family by offering a curriculum approved by the Archdiocese of Newark. Ultimately, we call our families to believe in God‘s love, to live it, and to spread it.
The following objectives flow from this philosophy:
1. Knowledge and practice of the Christian faith and the Catholic religion
2. Knowledge and practice of the meaning of the Liturgy and the sacraments
3. A missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians not just in church but also in our families and society.
4. To proclaim Jesus, His person, His words, His teachings
5. To proclaim the infinite love of God for each of us.
6. To provide the family with an opportunity to grow in personal prayer, and for participating in the spiritual life of the Parish.
7. To provide opportunities for the students and parents to be of service to others.
8. To aid in the development of self and responsible behavior.
9. To integrate faith and Christian living within the family by strongly encouraging participation in the parish mass, all our celebrations, feasts and parish community life.
10. To provide continuous religious education for parents and children.
Our Catechesis Goals for the Faith Formation of this Parish.
We will lead our parish in becoming a more hospitable and inclusive community by
· Publicizing opportunities for faith formation
· Exploring ways to be more welcoming to those who are marginalized
· Exploring ways to be more welcoming to those with disabilities
· Assessing the needs of our parishioners on a regular basis
We will facilitate the continuing conversion of parishioners by
· Creating and/or expanding small faith sharing groups
· Developing and promoting adult formation opportunities
· Encouraging personal witness by all parishioners
· Encouraging pastoral outreach ministry by all parishioners
We will link catechesis for children and youth with catechesis for adults by
· Seeking ways to be more family friendly in scheduling programs
· Providing resources to support and affirm family life as the center of faith
· Promoting opportunities for intergenerational faith formation
· Providing encouragement and resources to parents as they prepare their
children for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation
Catechetical Program and Text
Each student is supplied
with a textbook
Catechesis is a lifelong process.
Catechesis is gradual, systematic, and lifelong. We are touched and transformed by the living God and by the living Tradition of the community throughout our lives.
Catechesis is the
responsibility of all baptized members of the Church.
The whole parish community (including parents, family members, catechists, and pastors) is called to pass on the faith through faith sharing and the witness of daily life.
Parent and guardians are the primary teachers of their children, including faith formation, the basis of which takes place in the home and at weekly Mass. The religious education of a child provides an opportunity for parents to re-educate and update themselves in the practice of the faith. We encourage parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to participate in the Adult Learning Sessions of the Family Centered Catechesis Program. It is our hope that these sessions will acquaint the parents with authentic Church teachings pertinent to a deeper appreciation of the Catholic Faith.
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion is covered when children are 7-10 years old. Class attendance is mandatory during the preparation cycle. Children enrolled in Saint Lucy's Catechesis program will only be allowed to miss three classes, same as their parents. They are only allowed to miss three masses.
Children who have not been Baptized may enroll in First Communion classes and will have the opportunity to receive the Baptism during the Holy Saturday mass in Lent.
· Assist in the preparation for the sacrament by helping the candidate integrate the teachings of Jesus into his/her daily living.
· Encourage the candidate by growing in a faith relationship.
· Accompany the candidate to special liturgies and any pertinent programs.
· Assist in determining the candidate’s readiness for the sacrament.
· Accompany the child to mass.
· Help the child fulfill his/her baptismal promises faithfully under the influence Communion.
· Mother will be required to attend the days of rehearsals before First Communion.
Student Learning Sessions
Students attend regular grade level classes. Classes will be held in the Fusco Hall. Sessions begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. (Sundays) and 3:45 p.m. (Tuesdays ) Food will not be permitted (unless Catechist allows it) in the classrooms.
It should be noted that assignments are sent home every week: a written assignment, a reading assignment, or a project. Each child should complete the work during the week. Homework reinforces what was taught in class.
Adult Learning Sessions
Adults meet in Saint Joseph Hall (Rectory basement) every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Children must be on time. Regular attendance is essential for meaningful learning. All absences must be reported to Omar before class time on the day of absence. For missed assignments, please contact your child's catechist to review material covered in your child's absence. It is imperative that all students keep up with class work. Please be aware that a child cannot miss more than three sessions. Illness will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Absences in excess of three may require your child to repeat the year in the traditional Saint Lucy's Religious Education Program. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and students to obtain any necessary make-up work that has been missed due to an absence.
Habitual tardiness is not acceptable. Tardiness in excess of 10 minutes beyond the start of classes will be recorded as an absence.
Students who are enrolled in our program must regularly attend the 11:00 am mass. Parents are required to attend mass also.
Liturgy feeds the faith and enables students to better understand what they are learning. Sunday Mass readings will be discussed in class and Gospel messages reinforced. Mass Attendance is especially important in preparation for receiving the sacraments. Avoidance of this responsibility seriously undercuts the training of religious education.
Mass attendance envelopes will be provided every Sunday before Mass. Mass attendance is recorded each week and checked regularly. Signed envelopes should be placed in the regular collection baskets at the weekly Offertory. You will have to provide: catechist's name and child's name. This is something all registered parishioners do in every parish.
Dismissal will be from the Fusco Hall on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. And whenever they have mass from Church at 12:00 p.m.
On Tuesday dismissal will be at 5:15 p.m. Parents are required to be here by 5:00 p.m.
If a child must be dismissed early due to an emergency or sickness, a parent or guardian must check with the Rectory before removing the child from the Fusco Hall. Any student who needs to be dismissed prior to the end of a class session must have a reasonable excuse in writing signed by a parent or guardian that must be hand delivered to the Administrator, who will confirm the dismissal time and date with the catechist and the parent. For early pick-up, parents are advised to approach Omar in the Rectory and he will escort you to your child’s classroom.
For the protection of the students, parents/guardians are not allowed free access to the classrooms.
If a student becomes ill or has an accident during class time, he/she will be escorted to meet his/her parent/guardian in the rectory.
Parent/guardian meetings may be scheduled as needed to keep the parents informed about changes in policies. Families involved in sacramental preparation will be notified of meetings held by the CCD staff.
All important notices pertinent to our program are communicated through the Saint Lucy’s parish bulletin, our website, as well as with flyers sent home with the students. Please, ask your child if he/she received any information weekly to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.
If your telephone, emergency or cell phone number changes during the school year, please notify your catechist who will let the administrator know of the change.
In case of an emergency closing, catechists will be notified and they, assisted by Class Parents, will make every effort to call and/or email each student.
Student Code of Behavior
Students are asked to be presentable when they come to class and dress according to the place they are coming to. They should be mindful that classes often go into the church so modest and appropriate dress is expected.
Students are not allowed to bring in any items, books, iPods, headphones, portable games or schoolwork that does not pertain to the religious education program. Any and all items will be confiscated and a meeting with the student’s parents/guardian will be arranged with the administration to discuss proper recourse. Cell phones are allowed for emergency use only but they have to be turned off during class. Text-messaging is prohibited. Repeated offenses may result in a student’s expulsion. If you need to call your child for an emergency please call the rectory.
Care and respect is required for use of Saint Lucy’s Church classrooms. Catechists will remind the children that the rooms are shared with other students. Desks and their contents must not be disturbed or defaced, and the classrooms must be left neat and orderly.
We need to live and embody the Christian values that we learn. Therefore, all students are expected to be courteous to catechists, staff and other students. Any conduct unbefitting a young Catholic Christian will be reported to parents.
We expect our children to contribute to an atmosphere of Christian concern for others. If a problem arises, a form entitled “Points for Parental Concern” will be given to the parent. A parent’s signature is required. After signing, it is expected there will be a follow up with either a phone call or a conference with the parents. It is best to correct a problem immediately to ensure a pleasant religion class where learning, love of God, respect for self, and respect for others exist.
Student Code of Behavior
Parents/guardians should review the following with students:
1. Students must conform to the attendance policy as stated in the handbook (it will be given in our first meeting).
2. Students are expected to show respect for all persons in words and actions.
3. Students must comply with the classroom rules set by their catechists.
4. Students must not cause physical harm to themselves or to another.
5. Students must not destroy, deface or remove any property from the classroom, desks or the building.
6. Students are responsible for completing all homework assignments to the best of their ability and according to the time schedule provided.
7. Students must respect the seating chart that catechist set up.
8. Students are expected to come to class on time, prepared with textbooks, notebooks (only one for religious ed), pen and or pencil.
9. Students are expected to comply with all rules and regulations listed in the handbook.
Deliberate disregard of the policy may lead to:
1. Reprimand by catechist
2. Parent notification
3. Parent conference
4. Dismissal from the program
Program Protection Policies
Child Abuse Policy
If a catechist or administrator suspects a child has been abused, New Jersey Statutes require that the Division of Youth & Family Services be notified immediately.
For the safety and welfare of our students, while classes are in session and immediately before/after class, no unauthorized people may be in the catechesis building. Under no circumstances may any unauthorized person go to a classroom or be in the class area when classes are in session.
Religious Education Teachers and Administrators
Our catechists are committed to their faith and have a strong desire to share it with our students. The team of catechist are volunteers from our parish. The children of the catechists are also enrolled in the family centered program.
We are always in need of help from special people who are willing to share their time and talents. If you would like to volunteer to assist us with the Religious Education Program, please email the Administrator, Omar at email@example.com or call 973-803-4207
Now feel free to download the registration form and drop it off in person:
Thank you for your interest in being part of Saint Lucy's Community.