Religious Education Program

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Parish Registration
All families entering St. Mary of the Hills Religious Education Program should be registered in the Parish.

Religious Education Registration
The registration fees for textbooks and materials are $50 per child for King's Kids, $60 for Grades 1-9 and $70 for Confirmation preparation program.

Sacramental Preparation
Children wishing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion should attend 1st grade Religious Education classes.  Those high school students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are to attend Religious Education classes from Grades 1-10.  Usually, Confirmation is ministered to our young people in Grade 10 or 11.

Security Measures
Parents are asked to come into the Parish Hall to collect children in grades K - 6 after class. No parent should go to a classroom during classroom time without asking the Director first.

Student Assessment
Your child’s class participation will be assessed twice a year by way of a “progress report” paper sent home in January and in April.

Parent Participation
We ask all of our parents to be involved in their children’s Religious Education in the following ways:

  • Bring and join them at weekly Mass.
  • Ask about their weekly lessons.
  • Encourage, by example, “God” talk.
  • Attend all required Parent Meetings.
  • Incorporate daily prayer into family life.
  • Discuss your child’s progress report with her/him and return it, signed, to the teacher.

Behavior or Learning Difficulties
Sometimes a student can be frustrated in class due to a different learning style. We should know this so the teacher can better understand your child’s needs and give her/him the attention needed.

Sometimes a student’s behavior is very disruptive and the whole class can suffer if the teacher is constantly required to give all of her attention to one student. If disruptive behavior occurs more than three times, during which the teacher and Director try to better the behavior, parents will be called and together we will decide what is best for all concerned.

Absenteeism

  • All absences will require make up work. Parents are asked to call or see their child’s teacher to get the make-up work assignment during the week.
  • After 4 unexcused absences, parents and child will schedule a meeting with the Director.
  • Any student missing half of required classes will be required to do home study over the summer and be tested by the Director or repeat the year.

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation / First Holy Communion - Parents are required to attend several special meetings concerning the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion in order to obtain the information necessary to accompany their children on this most important part of their faith journey.

All Candidates for First Reconciliation / First Holy Communion are required to attend weekly Mass, as well as their workshops and all of the rehearsals.

Confirmation Requirements - Parents, Candidates and Sponsors should attend scheduled meetings.

Confirmation Candidates should attend all sessions.  Dates will be given to the Candidates in September.  Classes will begin in November.  This should allow sufficient time to mark calendars with required dates.

Candidates will choose a sponsor who is a Confirmed practicing witness to the Catholic faith. This sponsor must receive a Sponsor Certificate from her/his Pastor stating that they are in “good standing” in the Church.

Candidates will also choose a Confirmation name of a Saint; research the life of said Saint and hand the report to the Director at the appointed time.

Candidates are required to perform “Christian Service” for their neighbors. These services will be discussed at the first meeting.

All Candidates will attend a special Confirmation Retreat.

All those asking to be confirmed will write a letter to the Pastor requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation and stating the reasons why they wish to be confirmed. If you choose not to be confirmed at this time, a letter is still requested stating “no” and why you choose not to be confirmed.

All Catholics are called to worship as a Christian Community every Sunday. Thus, Confirmation Candidates are expected to be at weekly Mass.

Class Cancellations
If class needs to be cancelled due to a storm, please consult CBSBoston.com or WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and WBZ-TV Channel 4.           If either the Town of Boylston or the Town of Shrewsbury should cancel school for the day, St. Mary of the Hills will cancel Religious Education classes for the same day.

Dress Code
The Town of Boylston and the Town of Shrewsbury Public Schools have a Dress Code at all level of education: Elementary, Jr. High, and Sr. High. We expect the same here at St. Mary of the Hills. If a child is dress inappropriately for class, they will be asked to call a parent to bring appropriate clothing to the church hall.