Religious Education (for preschool – high school) at St. Anastasia
Whether you say education, formation, spiritual growth, knowledge of faith – all are indicative of the goals and purpose of religious education for children at St. Anastasia. It is our desire that every child who comes through our programming has an opportunity to meet Jesus – to come to know Him in a deep and personal way. We pray that every child understands that he or she is a Beloved Child of God – loved for who they are – not what they can do. We use a variety of resources – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (a hands-on Montessori method) for preschoolers; God Loves Us by Loyola Press for Kindergarten; Finding God by Loyola Press for 1st grade; God’s Gift: Reconciliation and First Eucharist for 2nd grade; Finding God by Loyola Press for 3rd grade; the Bible for 4th and 5th grade; Alive in Christ for 6th and 7th grade; Chosen for 8th and 9th grade; and the Bible and Catechism for all grades and ages!
We are here to support parents – the first catechists in their children’s lives – as they teach and live a life of discipleship in Christ. Our classroom catechists are volunteers – parents, grandparents, adults and teens – all sharing the love of Christ and their faith in God with the children of our parish.
Please email the Religious Education Office if you would like more information about registering your child in our programs, or give me a call at 248-689-8380, Ext. 106.
Elizabeth Spencer, Parish Catechetical Leader
Religious Education Registration for 2016-17
Although our official deadline for registration has passed and classes are underway, you may still register for classes. Please contact the Religious Education Office to inquire about availability and placement for your child, 248-689-8380, Ext. 111.
ATTENDANCE POLICY – (There is an online absence reporting form on each of the grade level web pages). If a student misses more than four class sessions without calling and without completing the class materials, they will not be considered as having completed that grade. Students are responsible for missed material, which will be available from their catechist upon their return to class. Please go to the Grade Level page in the left side menu to report an absence to program coordinators.
SACRAMENT POLICY—The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are celebrated in our 2nd Grade program (Level 3 for Spanish). Completion of the 1st Grade Program (Level 1 for Spanish) is a prerequisite for the 2nd Grade Program. Students are expected to participate in and complete all preparation years (first through ninth grade – to coincide with the grade level that he or she is attending in school) prior to being confirmed in ninth grade. Candidates must exhibit free acceptance of the Catholic Faith and appropriate levels of desire for the sacraments prior to reception of them. Families who come into faith formation on a different schedule – for whatever reason – need to speak with our staff for optimal placement guidance.
CIRCLE OF GRACE—The Archdiocese of Detroit has instituted a program for the safe environment education of children and young people supported and mandated by the Archbishop of Detroit. This program is called Circle of Grace. It is meant to be integrated into the current curriculum for religious education programs for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade at St. Anastasia. This will take place in one lesson in all of these grades during the course of this school year. Each session is full of parent/child interaction. You do have the choice to “opt out” of this program if you choose. Forms are available in the Religious Education Office or you may download one right here: Circle of Grace
PAYMENT POLICY—Payment or agreement of payment plan is expected at the time of registration. Education fees will not exceed $350 for any family registered in the parish before September 1st. It is our policy that every child is entitled to attend our programs regardless of their ability to pay. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact the Religious Education Office to discuss your options.
WEATHER POLICY—Please use the website and direct communications from the parish (including email, facebook, and twitter) to know if classes are cancelled. If you need to call the office after checking those, please call a grade-level coordinator or the Religious Education Office to ask.