Welcome to a new year of religious education, the K-5 ministry team is eager to walk with your family in faith. With approximately 350 children and more than 100 volunteers, we are ready and eager to begin!
We will serve as storytellers, mentors, and witnesses to the glory of God. Most importantly, we endeavor to assist your child in forming a personal, intimate, and lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, spiritual devotions & experiences, understanding, and practical example. At the heart of this mission is our desire for your child to know Jesus, not merely know about Him. St. Rose Religious Education Program uses the Finding God Curriculum published through Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry. Inspired by the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, this program invites the children and adults who care for them to enter into a deeper relationship with God and the Catholic Church in service to the world.
The Catholic Church recognizes parents as the primary and principal educators of their children, especially in the task of faith formation which you professed on the day of your child’s Baptism. Our catechetical program assists in this endeavor by providing formal, systemic catechesis and it is our honor and privilege to do so!
Throughout the year, it is important to bring your child to classes and mass each week. Classes are in no way a substitute for celebrating the sacraments. Make mass attendance each Sunday a priority and your children will too!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE YEAR
ATTENDANCE AND TARDINESS: There are approximately 25 lessons per year as we begin this program in late September and conclude in early May. With only one hour per week set aside for instruction, it is critical that your child attend each scheduled class and arrive on time. Chronic late arrival is a dis-service to your child, the volunteers, and the others in the classroom. Attendance will be taken five minutes after class has begun. Any child arriving after that will be marked as tardy.
Let’s celebrate efforts to arrive on time and perfect attendance! Every child who attends class each week and is not tardy, from the beginning of class until Christmas break, will be recognized at the Christmas Family Event. We will also recognize perfect attendance and timeliness for the second half of the year (Jan.-April) during the Family Event at the final class. A special recognition will also take place at the final class for children having perfect attendance and timeliness for all 25 classes!
Grade 1 & Foundations in Faith Class: Weekly participation during the pre-sacramental year is critical. One class absence per semester (Sept.-Dec. and Jan.-April) is excused. Two or more absences per semester must be discussed with Susan Joseph.
Grade 2 & Advancing in Faith Class: Weekly participation during the sacramental year is critical. One class absence per semester (Sept.-Dec. and Jan.-April) is excused. Two or more absences per semester must be discussed with Susan Joseph.
You may drop off your child no more than 10 minutes prior to class as there will be no supervision prior to that time. Parent should sign their child in and out upon arrival and dismissal.
Children going to the Parish Center classrooms may enter through the front or side doors of the Parish Center.
PRAYER AND PICK-UP: Approximately ten minutes before the end of the class, the classroom doors will be opened to signal to parents to enter the classroom and join their child in closing prayers. We know that children watch and learn from their parents what is valued and important. This is a great opportunity to take 10 minutes per week to pray with and for your child. It could be the most worthwhile ten minutes of your week.
No child should be left waiting for a parent at the end of class, we ask that you please be prompt. Parents should inform the Class Room Helpers in writing of other adults who have permission to pick-up your child.
SAFTEY/EVACUATION PLANS: In the event of an emergency where evacuating the building is required, classes will be led outside to the far side of the lower level parking lot. In a significant event, children will be led to the back lower parking lot to be reunified with the parents. This is the overflow parking lot for masses where the St. Rose shed is located. In such an event, the Clopper Rd entrance will be closed and parents will need to enter the premises through Game Preserve Road.
Shelter in Place: In the event that it is not safe for the children to be dismissed, we will activate a Shelter in Place procedure and retain all children until it is safe to do otherwise. For a weather emergency, children in the St. Peter, St. Joseph, and Child Care room will be moved away from the windows to an interior classroom.
Sunday classes: A decision will be made by 8:00am and the website will be updated. An email and/or Flocknote will be sent. There will also be a message placed on the parish cancellation line. #301-948-7545 x307
Tuesday classes: St. Rose follows MCPS guidelines for cancellations and early dismissals. If schools close, close early, or cancel afternoon/evening activities, there will be no religious education classes. In addition, St. Rose may cancel class if conditions worsen throughout the day. Decisions will be made by 4:30pm, the website will be updated and an email and/or Flocknote will be sent. A message will be placed on the parish cancellation line. #301-948-7545 x307
GRADE 2 AND ADVANCING IN FAITH STUDENTS ONLY: The parents of children receiving First Penance and First Communion are asked to attend a meeting to receive additional information about preparation. These meetings will be offered three times, parents need only to attend once. (See calendar for dates/times) Please sign-in when you arrive. Please bring the sacrament registration form with you.
CIRCLE OF GRACE TRAINING: Please read the attached letter regarding this diocesan training which will take place in the classrooms on Sunday, October 16 and Tuesday, October 18 . Parents are welcome to observe.
CATECHISTS: Please remember that all of our Catechists and Class Room Helpers, and Hall Monitors are volunteers giving freely of their time and energy. A smile or a few words of thanks can often go a long way in lifting tired spirits.
|Sunday Classes: 10:00-11:00am
Classes are on the lower level of the church except where noted.
|Prek 3-4||Woodlands Foyer and will finish in Child Care Room.|
|1-A||Lewis Rm 2 (Parish Center)|
|3||Duggan Rm 1|
|4||Lewis Rm 1 (Parish Center)|
|5||Byron Rm 1 (Parish Center)|
|Foundations in Faith-year 1||Jeremiah|
|Advancing in Faith- year 2||Duggan 2|
|Tuesday Classes: 6:30-7:30pm
Classes are on the lower level of the church.