We are so pleased that you are honoring your commitment to raise your children in the Catholic faith and we thank you for entrusting Holy Family with the shared responsibility!
Sacramental Preparation requires two years of formation. First Reconciliation and First Communion preparation typically occurs during 1st and 2nd grade and Confirmation preparation during 8th & 9th Grade. Please plan accordingly for your child to receive these Sacraments. If your child is older than the recommended grades for these Sacraments, but has not yet to receive their Sacraments, they can be enrolled in Sacramental Prep for this year. We are helping many families to "catch up" after several years of confusion and delay.
In addition to regular Sunday class attendence, there will be 2 required additional Sacramental Prep meetings throughout the school year. At least one parent and the child preparing to receive the Sacraments must attend these meetings. There will be some at-home practice and assignments to complete in order to prepare for the Sacraments. More information to come!
Catechists are all lay members of the Catholic Church involved in the religious formation of children. Parents are considered the PRIMARY catechists for their children, but we use the term specifically here to refer to those who volunteer in the parish to conduct the religious education classes. These classes cannot occur without the assistance of many from within the parish, and parents are often called to step up and assist in the classroom. No formal education background is required or necessary; simply a desire to bring children up in the Catholic faith and a commitment to the class dates and times. All catechists are required to participate in the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Training Program from the Diocese of Savannah. Please contact Director of Religious Education Julie Hird with any questions or concerns about this opportunity.
I, blanks (parent name) request that my child(ren) blank be allowed to participate in the Catechetical Ministries Program at the Church of the Holy Family. This program will take place under the guidance and direction of parish employees and/or volunteers from the Church of the Holy Family. As parent and/or legal guardian, I remain legally responsible for any personal actions taken by the above named child(ren). I agree on behalf of myself, my child(ren), named herein, or our heirs, successors, and assignees, to hold harmless and defend the Church of the Holy Family, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, and the Diocese of Savannah, its employees and agents, chaperones, or representatives associated with the event, from any claim arising from or in connection with my child's participation in the program or event associated with the program, illness or injury (including death) or cost of medical treatment in connection therewith. I agree to compensate the parish, its officers, directors and agents, and the Diocese of Savannah, its employees and agents and chaperones, or representatives associated with the event for reasonable attorney's fees and expense which may incur in any action brought against them as a result of such injury or damage, unless such claim arises from negligence of the parish and/or diocese.First Name Last Name Date
In the event of a medical emergency, I hearby authorize those in charge to take my child to the nearest licensed physician, medical center or hospital, and to secure necessary treatment (medications, injections, anesthesia, or surgery), to protect my child's well-being. I will be responsible for all medical costs not covered by my insurance.
In the event of an illness, I request that a designated agent of the Church of the Holy Family obtain medical treatment on behalf of my child. I will not hold the Church of the Holy Family, the Diocese of Savannah, the catechists, church employees, chaperones, or volunteers responsible for any accident or injury.
I authorize appropriate pictures of my child(ren) may be taken during activities. I hearby grant the use of and release to the Catholic Diocese of Savannah and the Church of the Holy Family the use of my child(ren)'s name or likeness, whether in still or motion pictures, audio or video tape, my child(ren)'s photograph and/or any other reproduction of him/her including his/her voice and features with or without his/her name for any promotional purposes involving the parish/religious education program, news, or feature stories in the Southern Cross or other media. These items may be used without limitation or reservation or any fee.
In order to achieve a positive learning environment, I agree to work with the catechist to encourage that my child(ren) behave responsibly within the classroom, and that they follow the guidelines of conduct expected of them by their catechist; that they will dress and act with respect, and will be responsible for their own belongings.
EMPOWERING GOD'S CHILDREN- SAFE CONTACT PROGRAM AGREEMENT
The Empowering God's Children program is mandated by the Diocese of Savannah as the safe environment training program for children enrolled in religious education classes. This program is to be offered every year for students enrolled in religious education. The Diocese of Savannah has my permission to teach the Safe Contact program to my child.
FAMILY CATECHESIS COMMITMENT
I commit to bringing my child(ren) to class on time every available class date. Classes are Sunday mornings September-May from 9:45am- 10:45am with holidays taken in accordance with the Diocese of Savannah and Muscogee County School District calendar.
If something comes up and we must miss, I will communicate the change to my child(ren)'s catechist(s) and the Director of Religious Education.
I understand that it is very important to my child(ren)'s catechesis that we attend Mass every weekend. Religious education classes are NOT a replacement for the Mass. The first way of teaching our children about the faith is the Mass and gives them context for many things they learn in class.
I understand that it is important for my child(ren) to learn to pray and I commit to praying at home with my child on a regular basis.
PARENTAL VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT
As we all can agree that safety of our children is of utmost priority, parents agree to volunteer one weekend a semester to monitor the St. Joseph's Hall exterior doors during the class session. Responsibilities will include making sure the door remains locked, monitoring the intercom, and ensuring students are signed in and out. If not already VIRTUS-certified, all parent volunteers must become VIRTUS-certified (Protecting God's Children) by the Diocese of Savannah.
$50 for 1 child
$75 for 2 children
$100 for 3 or more children
Scholarships are available- please inquire.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Director of Religious Education Julie Hird:
call (706) 289-9322 or email email@example.com