Program Directives

Expectation for all Religious Education Participants:

A. Members of the Saint Monica Parish Community

B. Sunday Mass Attendance

C. Attendance at Religious Education Classes

Requirements for beginning the program as are follows:

Preschool (4 year olds) must be born before September 1st. Kindergarten children must be five before September 1st. This is in keeping with the East Peoria school system.

Requirements for receiving the Sacraments are as follows:

Infant Baptism

Pre-baptismal class for parents. one of the four classes offered per year: December. March. June. and September.

UNBAPTIZED/UNCATECHIZED:

Beyond Infancy:

Four. five. and six year olds. Must be in Program two years: First year experience regular attendance and community concept. Second year begin to catechize at the appropriate level of faith development. Child baptized at the end of the second year. important to begin at Pre-School or Kindergarten level if possible.

Beyond Second Grade.

Catechesis involves preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation. Process requires special attention. Child attends sessions outside regular classroom grade level until basic faith experience is achieved (approximately two years). and then is integrated into the appropriate grade level. Sacraments of Initiation are celebrated at end of that time.

Baptism:

Pre-baptismal class for parents. one of the four classes offered per year: December. March. June. and September.

BAPTIZED/UNCATECHIZED:

Catechesis for students beyond second grade requires attendance at special sessions outside their regular classroom level. However. the preparation is for Reconciliation and First Communion only. This process requires two years with celebration of the Sacraments at the end of the second year.

First Eucharist and First Reconciliation:

Children must be in the program two years prior to receiving the Sacraments of First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. These Sacraments are normally received at the second grade level.


Sacraments:

Anyone in a grade beyond second grade must be in the program two years prior to receiving the Sacraments. Note: Baptized/Uncatechized. If child enters program at second grade level in school - they will be asked to move to first level in Religious Education Program - advance to second grade level the second year and receive Sacraments. etc.

Reconciliation:

All students second grade and beyond are catechized and encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation with their families during the Parish Advent and Lenten services.

Confirmation:

Confirmation will be set in accordance with a recent mandate from our Bishop requiring 40 candidates in order to have the Sacrament celebrated in our parish. Students must complete freshman and sophomore levels of the program if not attending a Catholic High School. New students entering as sophomores will be expected to begin at freshman level. Confirmation will ordinarily be celebrated in the spring. Without 40 students, it will be celebrated with other parishes at the Cathedral in Peoria.

A schedule for the Confirmation preparation classes for all candidates will be sent to them at least the semester before they begin. All students are required to attend preparation sessions prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, even those attending Catholic High School. This is a time for learning or reviewing the basics of the Catholic Faith, a time to start thinking and acting as a fully initiated member of the Church.

Students will maintain their attendance at regular Sunday morning classes plus additional contact with Confirmation class if deemed necessary by the Director.

Students attending Catholic High Schools are also required to attend these preparation sessions. Request for the Sacrament is also required.

Mandates from the Diocese of Peoria require that students participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, attend a retreat specifically for Confirmation Candidates, be interviewed by the pastor or his designated replacement (DRE) investigate the saint whose name they will embrace for the Sacrament, and perform service activities with a display of those activities prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Following Confirmation, the newly confirmed are expected to keep their Confirmation commitment by attending Mass and maintaining contact with the parish. It is to be desired that they accept the responsibilities for a ministry in the parish no later than the beginning of the next semester of the school year.

 

Time and Place are as follows

All grades, Pre-School through 10th, are held at Central Junior High School from 9:50 to 11:15 a.m. following the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

Attendance is a vital component to the learning process we are developing. Therefore, children who are absent from class must be excused by note to the catechist from the parents, by phone call to the catechist, or by phone call to the secretary at the Religious Education office in the hall (699-8458). Three unexcused absences will be reason for dismissal from the program.