"Let the children come to Me for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these." LK 18:16
Religious Education (CCD)
Important letter from Father Guanella regarding the 2020.2021 school year:
Dear Parents of our CCD Students,
I hope this letter finds you and your family doing well and staying healthy. Sadly, it has become cliché to talk about the “new normal” in these “uncertain times.” Nonetheless, how things used to be done cannot now be the norm during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is also true for our parish Faith Formation (CCD) program. This letter is to inform you about the 2020–2021 CCD program at Sacred Heart Parish.
In my discussions with parish employees, school staff, and parents, it is clear that in order to properly follow the social distancing and sanitizing guidelines, our normal CCD program (in the spaces where we hold the classes) cannot take place as in years’ past. Many of the same issues that are being discussed for the reopening of schools are the issues that the parish is facing with the CCD program.
Therefore, the coming year’s CCD program for grades 1–8 will be held virtually, using an online program of our current Faith and Life textbooks called My Catholic Faith Delivered. Our First Communion students finished their sacramental preparation in May and June through this program and it was well-received. Confirmation preparation for grades 9–10 will be through our current Chosen program online and grade 11 Confirmation will remain in-person since there are less than 10 class meetings.
The online program is easy-to-use and will be facilitated by your student’s catechist. There is very little that you as a parent will have to do other than getting your student set up and making sure the lessons are being completed. The program is adaptable and the lessons can be completed at any time during the week. You as a parent should not expect to have to put in a great deal of time as this is a fully online program, using the same material as our textbooks, and not a homeschooling program. We also hope to schedule some in-person gatherings in the church to build community and communal prayer, provided the pandemic restrictions allow us.
While online CCD is not ideal, I believe it is the best choice during the ongoing pandemic. As pastor of the parish, one of my duties is to make sure that the faithful are instructed in the truths of the Faith. By law, I am to have a particular care for the Catholic education of children and youth. Switching to an all-online program will help facilitate instruction in the best way possible during peculiar times.
Please be on the lookout in the coming weeks for an e-mail from either My Catholic Faith Delivered or Chosen to set up your student’s online account for next year’s CCD program (unless you are the parent of an 11th grade student only). You will also receive communication from your student’s catechist who will facilitate the learning experience. Please be assured that I as your pastor am praying for your families. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or our CCD Coordinator, Becky Skibba. If you have any concerns about the online program, do not hesitate to contact us. In order for us to be sure you have received this e-mail, please respond to and let us know that you have received and understand our method of going forward. May God bless you.
Father Alan Guanella
If you have any questions regarding our CCD program please feel free to contact our CCD Coordinator, Becky Skibba, at (715) 340-5361 or CCD@sacredheartpolonia.com. You may also contact Fr. Guanella at the parish office (715) 592-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents: the Primary Catechists
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery-the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the ‘material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones.’ Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (CCC 2223)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I teach my children about faith at home. Why do they need formal classes?
The parent’s role as “first teacher” is irreplaceable. Parents teach and bear witness to Catholic faith, morality, prayer and religious practice through their example in word and action. However, the Church also recognizes a need for a formal, comprehensive and systematic religious education concerning the faith. Our parish provides a religious instruction program approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to all its school age children. It consists of age appropriate and approved Catholic faith curriculum.
Should I enroll my child in CCD classes each year?
Yes. The religious curriculum that children receive in their Parish Religious Education (PRE) classes builds upon itself from year to year. Even if you do not plan for your child to receive a sacrament during the current school year, the content of what your child will learn will help them grow in their faith and enter into deeper communion and intimacy with the person of Jesus.
Are CCD classes required in order for my child to receive the Sacraments?
Yes. If you want your child to receive a sacrament (Baptism, First Communion, First Penance, Confirmation), then they must enroll and regularly attend CCD classes, in order to adequately prepare for that sacrament.
My school age child has not been baptized. Can I still enroll them in CCD?
An assessment and determination of religious education programming needs for non-baptized school age children is made in consultation with the pastor on case by case basis. Contact our CCD Coordinator to discuss your situation.
When and where is CCD held?
For the 2020/2021 school year, CCD classes for grades 1-10 will be held online. More information will be forthcoming shortly.
How do I enroll my child in CCD?
Completely fill out the registration form. Ensure your child and parent information is accurate. The child’s parent or legal guardian must sign the form. If the child is preparing to receive a sacrament during the year, please also include a copy of the child’s baptism record. Download the complete 2020/2021 registration packet here.
What is the fee for enrolling my child in CCD?
For Sacred Heart Parishioners: $75 for one student; $115 for two students; $140 for three or more students
Non-Parishioners: $100 per student Download and complete the Religious Education Transfer Form
Catholic School or Homeschool families: $50 per student