2017

Religious Education 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Thank you for your interest in our Religious Education Programs at Holy Spirit Parish. We are happy to assist you as the primary educators of your children in our Catholic faith and offer many opportunities for your children’s Religious Education.  PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and COMPLETELY the following information about registering your child(ren) in our programs!

 All of our Religious Education Forms and information is now online—to be printed off, filled in, and returned to the Parish Office no later than AUGUST 15th !   There will be hard copies of the forms and information available at the Parish office.

 Religious Education classes for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade on:

Wednesdays:
3:00 to 4:15 PM (1st - 5th grade)
6:00 to 7:15 PM (1st-8th grade)
7:15 to 8:30 PM (6th- 8th grade)
7:00 to 8:30 PM (9th- 10th grade)


Sundays:
10:10 to 10:55 AM KINDERGARTEN


***New this year: Harrisburg families will be offered their own Religious Education Program for Preschool through grade 8.  Fr.Cimpl made the decision to offer Family Faith Formation as the program for Religious Education because of its Parent Friendly way of educating the whole family in the faith, also because of numbers of youth people,  and helpers indicating interest at this point and because of the financial feasibility of renting space for weekly classes.  Holy Spirit has offered Family Faith Formation since 2006 and many have enjoyed the benefits of passing on the faith to their own children at home.  More information is available in out online Parent Handbook.  Family Formation will continue to be offered to Holy Spirit Families also.

Holy Spirit Religious Education does REQUIRE that ALL Parents volunteer in some capacity in out RE Program.  Parent Involvement in out programs will allow our parents to actively participate in their child's education and helps keep costs down.  WE CAN NOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!  There are many options to choose from listed on the Parent/Guardian form.  In order for your children to participate and for your registration to be processed in our RE programs, parents must sign up for a Parent Involvement Activity.  


Parents of 7th & 8th grade students will be required to come to class with their student 3 – 4 times a year.  Specific dates will be assigned.  It is important to have a least 2 adults in each classroom. This will be the parent involvement activity for 7th & 8th grade parents.



 PRESCHOOL CLASSES will be offered for 3’s & 4-5 year olds on Sundays, during the 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM MASS in the preschool rooms of Holy Spirit School. 

HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS (9-10) are expected to participate in “Life Teen” which will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Confirmation prep is intermingled with Life teen for 10th grade on Wednesday Nights.
 11th & 12th grade will meet in small discipleship groups using the Y Disciple model.  Group will decide when they will meet and customize a plan for their group.

We offer a program of Religious Education as an option for families with children in Preschool through 6th Grade called “Family Faith Formation.”We have changed the format of this program so it is a home school option for families who wish to pass on the faith to their own children at home or those families who find our schedule of RE classes inconvenient .More information about Family Formation is available in our online Parent Handbook.

 We will continue to offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children Kindergarten through 4th grade age at the 9:00 & 11:00 AM Sunday Masses.Children need not be registered to participate.ALL children (Kindergarten-4th grade) are invited to come.

We offer special classes for: students who are entering Rel. Ed. for the 1st time other than K or 1st grade or students who need Sacramental preparation for Baptism, Reconciliation & Holy Communion. PLEASE notify our office if your child/ren need these classes.

Children’s Choir practice will be from 5:00-5:55 PM on Wednesdays in the Choir Room of the Church.

 REGISTRATION PROCEDURES:  ONLINE at: holyspiritsf.org you will find all the information and materials necessary to sign up everyone involved in religious education.  Please print the forms and when your forms are completed, please turn them in on Sundays to a special collection box in the Church Foyer or to the Parish office during the week.  ALL REGISTRATION FORMS & Payment DUE AUGUST 15th.  A late fee will be charged after that date.  Registrations will not be taken by phone!  We appreciate your cooperation with our registration procedures.  

PLEASE NOTE:
All students from Preschool through High school sign up on the same form
Registration Fees are $45.00 per student for K – 12 students. Preschool fees are $30.00 per student.
All Registration fees are due with the Registration forms!  If there are problems with payment at this time, please let us know—we can help!  Call us or make a note on the form to let us know.


BE SURE ALL INFORMATION is COMPLETE, including information about SACRAMENTS.                                                                                                                                                       

For Baptismal Dates, the month and year will be sufficient.  We celebrate “Baptism Birthdays” in our elementary gathering times so this date is VERY IMPORTANT to include!  Please be sure to give us a current e-mail address!  Communications about Religious Ed. are made through e-mail.

 We are requiring ALL parents to volunteer in some capacity in our RE programs . Parent involvement in our programs will allow our parents to actively participate in their child’s Religious Education, as well as keep our costs down. There are many options to choose from listed on the Parent/Guardian Involvement Form online.

Parents (K-5) may also be asked to come to class at least once during the year to observe the class and help.

To volunteer your time and talents as a Teacher or Catechist is a great way to grow in knowledge of our faith and… the blessings are many!  With the help of the Diocesan Office of Evangelization and Discipleship, we offer special training for our Teachers of Religion in our Teacher In-service meetings held throughout the year. It is adult education aimed at helping our teachers to be well grounded in their faith, so they can better pass it on to our young people.  

The other choices of involvement offer parents’ ways to participate that can fit into busy schedules. Please indicate your choice(s) on the Parent/Guardian Involvement Form.  We ask that each family sign up for one activity, but you are more than welcome to sign up for more! 

 The PARENT HANDBOOK (also online) outlines procedures and other more information about Holy Spirit’s Religious Education Programs.

 An Open House for ALL parents involved in our WEDNESDAY Religious Education Programs will be held on September 30 at the 3:00, 6:00, 7:00 and 7:15 PM class times, beginning in the Worship Area of Holy Spirit Church. The Open House will begin with an information meeting for all parents and students followed by introduction of our teachers and an open house in the classrooms.  Parents will accompany their child/ren to the classrooms and meet the teachers.  To accommodate families with children in multiple grades, we will have 3 sessions, each 15 minutes long so parents have an opportunity to see and visit each classroom and teacher.

PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN parents will meet their child’s teacher as they come to the first class on October 5 and receive the information they need at that time. 

FINALLY---The registration fee is $45.00 per student before August 15, after that date, the fee is $55.00.Classes will be closed when they are full:If a certain time is important to you, please get your registrations in as soon as you can; classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.Assume your child/ren are in the class you have signed them up for.You will hear from us ONLY if there is a problem.Forms may be turned in on Sundays to a special collection box in the Hospitality Area or to the Parish Office during the week.Remember, registrations will not be taken by phone!

 THANK YOU for taking the time to read through all of this information!  May God Bless You and Your Families!

The Holy Spirit Religious Ed. Staff:

 Valerie Whitney, Preschool-Grade 5 and Family Faith Formation
 Amy Nightingale-Schlup, 6th-12th and Confirmation   and   Sean Hansen, Youth Ministry

    YOUTH 

    Holy Spirit Parish