Religious Education Hand Book
Religious formation of the child takes place in the home, in church and in the class setting. Our program presumes that all registered families have an active faith life; weekly Mass attendance and some parish involvement. Mass attendance is vital to our growth in faith and is the greatest action we do as Catholics. Teachers assume that children attend Mass weekly and teach accordingly.
Students will be tested regularly, both orally and written. Generally, the testing is very simple and brief and based on the weekly class lessons. If a child has difficulty with written tests, the Catechist will arrange for an oral test to be given. Students who do not satisfactorily complete the course of study at each grade level or do not attend the required number of classes may be required to repeat the grade.
Students absent 5 or more classes will be required to complete summer work that must be turned in to the DRE before promotion to the next grade level. Students must also make up the work of missed classes.
Each student receives Religious Education text materials. If a textbook is lost, stolen, or damaged, a new one must be purchased.
Parents are responsible to see that each child learns his/her traditional prayers at home. Copies of the prayers will be handed out the first day of class. In teaching the prayers, parents should take time to discuss the meaning of the ideas in the prayer.
All families who register for Divine Grace Religious Education must also be a registered member of a parish. If you do not have an envelope number for your registration form, you must contact the rectory office to register. An additional fee will be charged to non parish members.
Tardiness-Levels K-8 meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Children are to wait outside the classroom for their teacher. It is most important that the children be in class no later then 9:30 a.m. Late arrivals disrupt and delay class! Classes end at 10:45 a.m. The children should be picked up no later than 10:55 a.m.
Attendance Policy-Your child’s regular attendance is very important. The Archdiocese of Detroit has strict guidelines concerning attendance. Religious Education classes should take priority over other programs and activities. Please call the office on the day of any absence. Students absent from 5 or more classes will be required to complete summer work that must be turned in to the DRE before promotion to the next grade level. Students must also make up the work of missed classes.
Communications-Each child is given a folder at the first class to bring class work, homework, parent’s notes, etc. to and from class. It is VITAL that parents go through the folders each week and make sure the folders come to class each week. Parent memos will be sent home periodically in an effort to keep parents informed. Please consult the parish Sunday bulletin concerning events of the program and the parish.
Arrival/Dismissal-Parents are asked to drop off and/or pick up their children for class in the gym parking lot . Due to Mass traffic there will be no drop off and pick up in the parking lot behind the church. Kindergarten through second graders will remain in their classroom until a parent or older sibling comes to get them. Please be on time to pick up your child and be cautious with your arrivals and departures. The children’s safety is vital.
Early Dismissal-Early dismissals are discouraged because of the disruption to the classroom. Due to safety concerns, if your child must leave early, parents are required to pick them up from the classroom.
Security: For children’s safety all doors on school buildings are locked. Hall monitors are stationed at west entrances of both school buildings. All visitors must sign in with hall monitors.
Evaluations-Each child will receive two evaluations throughout the year: one in January and one on the final day of classes. The first is to be signed and returned to the teacher.
Cell phone-Cell phones are to be turned off while in class. Use of a cell phone during class time will result in the phone being taken away from the student and returned at the end of class.
Inclement Weather-If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, the teachers will call the students.
Student Needs-At time of registration, please note important home, dietary or educational needs of your child on the registration form.
Supervision of Students-All students are supervised by Catechists, aides, or hall monitors while they are in the building. Non-students or non-authorized adults are not permitted on the grounds or in the building during class sessions.
An important part of Religious Education is to lead children to put the Catholic values of peace and justice into practice. Students will be held responsible for their actions.
1. Self respect and respect of others is expected. Disrespect, prejudice, violence of speech or action is not tolerated.
2. Any child causing damage to parish property will be required to pay for repairs and/or replacement.
3. Procedure for consistent misconduct of a child.
A. Teacher talks to the child and alerts the DRE
B. Teacher contacts the parent
C. DRE talks to parents and child. Pastor is informed.
D. Pastor and DRE notify parents; student dismissed from program.
The following Sacrament Policies have been established by the Parish.
1. Parents or guardians of candidates planning to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, or Confirmation MUST BE PRESENT at the Parents’ Meetings scheduled for those sacraments. These meeting are designed to help parents and guardians prepare the candidate to celebrate the sacrament.
2. Candidates for the celebration of the first reception of these sacraments MUST BE IN REGULAR ATTENDANCE at the Religious Education classes for at least one year prior to the year of instruction for the reception of the sacrament.
3. In addition to regular class work, home preparation work is also an integral part of sacramental preparation. It is the responsibility of the parents to guide and assist their children so that work is completed by the required dates.
Sacrament Attendance Policy
Due to the importance and the amount of material that must be completed, children preparing for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation (Grade 2 & 8) are limited to two absences per semester. Absences cannot be accumulated, any missed work must be completed before the child receives the sacraments. Excessive absences may result in the child repeating the grade level and delay the initial reception of the sacraments. The determination will be made at the discretion of the Pastor, the DRE and the Catechist.
Ongoing communication is essential for the Religious Education Program to effectively serve the youth of Divine Grace Parish. Do not hesitate to call with any questions, concerns and/or suggestions. Our program is volunteer based. Please contact the office to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
Fees for 2015-2016
The fees are as follows:
Levels K-8 One Child $85.00
Two Children $160.00
Three Children $235.00
Four Children $310.00
Five Children $385.00
Non parish member fee $75.00
Level 2: Sacrament fee $25.00
(Reconciliation & Eucharist)
Level 8: Sacrament fee $25.00
Payment for Religious Educationis due at the time of registration.If unable to pay in full, payments can be arranged by contacting the Religious Education Director
Checks made payable to Divine Grace Religious Education