Greetings from your Religious Education staff:
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 for what they can do.
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 God and their faith in Jesus with the children of our parish.
Although our deadline to register has passed – you are still welcome to join us… just send an email to the Religious Education Office to ask about space availability. For those who are preparing for Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation – the time for registration has passed (the process is too far along to join in). However, you may still join us to complete the prerequisite for sacrament prep – and be eligible to enroll next year.
The pandemic has disrupted all of our lives in ways we could never have expected. Although our sense of community has changed with not being able to gather in the same ways, God has remained unchanged in His immense and personal love for each of us. A decision has been made to move forward with at home lessons ONLY for this school year, 2020-21. Our new programming is part of a new and exciting direction Religious Education has been preparing to launch for some time now.
- Children in Preschool participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lessons and materials.
- Children in Grades K – 7 participate in Family Catechesis.
- Children in Grades 2+ who have need of First Communion participate in Family Catechesis PLUS First Communion Prep.
- Children in Grades 8 – 10 who have need of Confirmation participate in Confirmation Year 1 (Gr 8/9) and Confirmation Year 2 (Gr 9/10).
*All lessons and materials will be online through the end of this school year.
If you have questions, please email the Religious Education Office.
God bless, Elizabeth Spencer, Parish Catechetical Leader
Attendance Policy for Grade 1 – 7 – 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 email the Religious Education Office to report an absence. Grades 8 and 9 have a different attendance policy, wherein all scheduled classes must be completed in order to receive credit for completion.
Sacrament Policy—The sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion are celebrated in our 2nd Grade program (Level 2 for Spanish). Completion of the 1st Grade Program (Level 1 for Spanish) is a prerequisite for the 2nd Grade Program as a norm. 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.
(On hold this year): Circle of Grace—The Archdiocese of Detroit has instituted a program called Circle of Grace for the safe environment education of children and young people in parishes. It is integrated into the current curriculum for religious education programs for grades Kindergarten through 8th grade at St. Anastasia. (9th grade attends a “Called to Serve” workshop as their safe environment training). 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 “opt out” or home study request for parents.
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.