Religious Education Class Schedule 2021-2022
September 26
October 3, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19
January 9, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 27
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 24
May 1

Overview St. Philip the Apostle Church holds Religious Education (RE) classes for children Grades 1-8. Regular attendance is mandatory for children in Grade 1 through Grade 8 who attend public or other Christian (non-Catholic) schools from. We follow diocesan curriculum and guidelines, and use a diocesan-approved textbook for Grades 1-8.

Catechists and Assistants St. Philip the Apostle Church is blessed to have a volunteer staff of dedicated men and women teaching our children and youth. These volunteers make our program one of the best around as far as teaching content and being living examples of faith in action. Our teachers and aides have all completed clearances according to diocesan norms for those who work with children and youth in the diocese. We are still in need of a fifth-grade catechist as well some substitute catechists. If you are interested in getting involved with the Religious Education program, please contact our Coordinator of Religious Education, Justine Webster.

Class Times Sunday Mass times will be changing beginning the weekend of September 4 & 5, and with these changes, comes a change to class time. Masses will be held at 8:30am and 11:00am. Religious education classes will take place between the Masses on Sunday morning instead of overlapping a Mass time. Classes will be held from 9:40-10:50am. This change will allow families to attend Mass on Saturday evening or either Sunday Mass. We will not have classes on Sunday evenings this year. As a reminder, at baptism, you made the promise to raise your child in the Catholic faith, and celebrating Mass together is a big part of that promise. The new RE schedule allows you flexibility in which mass time suits your family best.

Registration & Tuition Please fill the registration form out as completely as possible to cut down on us having to follow up with you. REGISTRATION LINK You will receive the medical information and release form on the first week of class. Tuition fees help cover basic costs of running our RE Program: textbook costs, supplies, etc. Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year is $40 for one child and $25 for any additional children in your family. Tuition can be paid by cash or check (made out to St. Philip the Apostle Church) and either mailed to the Parish Office or dropped in the collection basket in an envelope marked Religious Education. If you would like to pay by Credit Card, please click here. If tuition is a hardship for your family this year, please let me know and we will work with you. Registration and tuition due date: September 12.

Sacramental Preparation If your child is in the years before and of sacrament preparation, we require satisfactory class attendance. Parent meetings for sacramental preparation are held, and parents must attend these meetings. Retreats are required for sacramental preparation years as well. There is a Penance Retreat for children preparing for First Penance and a Eucharist Retreat for First Eucharist Preparation. Students to be confirmed participate in a Confirmation retreat. Also, in addition to the Confirmation Retreat, those to be confirmed have other requirements: weekly Mass attendance, service hours, a saint report for their chosen Confirmation name, and a final interview with the pastor to determine the candidate’s readiness and desire to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. If your child attends Catholic School and is in grades 2 or 8, please reach out to our Religious Education Coordinator, Justine Webster, and let her know if your child is receiving their sacraments with our church or their school.

Diocesan COVID Protocols In anticipation for the starting the new Religious Education year, the Diocese has released new COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Parish Religious Education Programs. The goal of the plan is to keep our students safe by implementing the following mitigation procedures. 1. Acknowledgement Form (DOWNLOAD HERE): Each student is to have this form signed and dated by a parent/guardian in order to attend in person class. Please print this form and bring it with you on the first day of class. If you are unable to print, there will be forms available in the gym on September 26 for you to sign. Students will NOT be permitted to stay for class without a signed form. 2. Masks: All students and adults will be required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, when inside the Religious Education classrooms and hallways. a. Face masks will not be required when:  – Wearing a mask would cause a medical condition or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issues, mental health conditions of a disability. In these cases, a face shield should be worn.  Individuals under the age of 2.   Engaging in activity that cannot be performed while masked such as eating or drinking. Students may bring their own water bottle. Snacks/drinks will not be provided in any RE class this year. 3. Social Distancing: Seating will be at least three feet apart. 4. Classroom Spaces – Environment: Rooms will be ventilated as much as possible. This may mean that a window may be opened during class, please dress accordingly. – Seating Charts: Students will have assigned seats in class. It is important for COVID-19 tracing if someone tests positive. 5. Education and Hygienic Supplies: Hand sanitizer, tissues and disinfecting wipes will be available in each classroom. Shared supplies will be disinfected between uses. Students are encouraged to bring their own writing utensil. 6. Cleaning Classrooms: Shared spaces will be sanitized between uses. 7. Monitoring Student Health: Parents/guardians should monitor their child’s health and not send a sick child to RE class. 8. Tracing and Reporting: If a student or adult volunteer tests positive for COVID-19, please contact me immediately. I will then take the necessary steps. These guidelines have been put in place by the Diocese for the safety of your children and our volunteers. It is expected that everyone follow them. If you have any questions, please contact Justine Webster, CRE.