Rel. Ed. Handbook
St. Pius X Faith Formation
St. Pius X Church
Fr. Jerry Kopel, Pastor
Sec.: Peggy Whitehurst
102 South 6th
PO Box 13
Onida, SD 57564
Frs. Cell: 771-9817
Pastor’s Email: email@example.com
Faith Formation Director
102 South 6th Street
Onida, SD 57564
Fax #: 605-258-2509
Parents, by registering your children in the St. Pius X Faith Formation Program, you and your children agree to cooperate with the outcome of the Faith Formation program.
The role that the parents play in their child’s formation in the Catholic faith is essential. As noted in the Catechism of the Catholic church (CCC): “The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitutes. Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have their mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. Children in turn contribute to the growth in holiness of their parents. The parish is the Eucharistic community and heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.”
An expectation for parents and students is participation in the sacramental life of the Church, i.e. Sunday Mass. Regular reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged. The parish faith formation program is designed to support the catechesis that is to be taking place in the home. The parish faith formations program is not to take the place of faith formation in the home. The faith formation program at St. Pius X is for all parishioners-from children to adults. In this, we see that conversion and learning the truths of the Catholic faith are lifelong.
St. Pius X Sunday Mass Schedule
1st Sunday of each month Mass is at 11:00 a.m.
Every other Sunday, Mass is at 9:00 a.m.
Confession: Half hour before Mass
Grades 1st-6th We Believe series--Sadlier Company
Grades 7th-8th We Live Our Faith--Sadlier Company
Grades 9th-10th Theology of the Body/T-3 Timeline
Grades 11th-12th Confirmation/
Preparation for Sacraments
Baptism: Special classes for student and parents can be arranged for the Sacrament of Baptism through Father Kopel.
Baptismal Certificate: Parents are to provide a copy of their child’s baptism certificate if they have a son/daughter preparing for First Penance, First Communion or Confirmation.
First Penance (Reconciliation)/First Eucharist: Preparation takes place in Grade 2. Special home study material provided by Father Kopel to parents to enhance the second grade We Believe curriculum. The parent meeting for First Penance preparation will be in February.
Confirmation: Students at St. Pius X will be confirmed in the 11th or 12th grades. Confirmation is taught every other year at St. Pius X by Father Kopel. He will meet with parents and students and have separate information concerning meeting schedule, required service hours, and other information dealing with Confirmation requirements.
Special Needs Students: Catechesis is made available for every parishioner, including those with special needs. Parents, please notify the Faith Formation Director or your pastor if your son/daughter has special needs. We will work with the Office of Inclusion for the Diocese of Sioux Falls to provide suitable catechetical materials, including sacramental preparation materials. If your son/daughter has any physical conditions of which we need to be made aware, please contact the Faith Formation Director so preparation can be made in the event of an emergency.
Faith Formation Schedule
Grades 1st-8th will meet on Wednesday’s from 4:00 pm-5:15.
Grades 9th-12th will meet from 7:00 pm-8:15 pm. During the Confirmation year, the Confirmation meeting schedule will be arranged by Father Kopel. Faith Formation classes will run 32 weeks and begin in early September, and ending in late April.
Attendance for Grades 1st-12th students is expected. It is difficult for religious education to take place when a student frequently misses class. Please notify the Faith Formation Office if your child will miss or be late for class. If we do not hear from you by phone or email before the scheduled class, we will follow up with parental notification.
Dress Code: Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Because of our great dignity in being called sons and daughters of God, appropriate dress is not only expected, but should be the norm. Appropriate, modest attire is to be worn by the youth and adult volunteers participating in the Faith Formation program and Church-sponsored youth events.
Behavior of student, parent, and volunteer: In all grade levels and aspects of Faith Formation and Church-sponsored youth events, appropriate conduct on the part of the student, parent and adult volunteer is to be expected. Everyone should be respectful of self, others, and property.
Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
All Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child is present for roll call. All parents are responsible for their truant child. Any child who leaves a Faith Formation-sponsored function without a signed parent permission slip will be subject to immediate parental notification. Any criminal behavior including, but not limited to, possession of illegal substances or weapons of any kind is strictly prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in consequences. The consequences may include any of the following: Catholic Church service hours, financial restitution for any damages, family counseling, student removal from their class for a number of sessions, expulsion from the Faith Formation Program, and/or legal action involving law enforcement Inappropriate Behavior: If inappropriate behavior occurs by a student during a Faith Formation class, the catechist will talk with the student at that time. If the inappropriate behavior persists, the catechist will notify the parent and the Faith Formation Director.
If needed, the student may be removed from the class and sent, with materials, to the Faith Formation Office where he/she will continue to cover their lesson for the remainder of the class. In the event that, inappropriate behavior persists, in consultation with pastor, Faith Formation Director, and parent, a student may be removed from the Faith Formation Program for the remainder of the school year.
Respect for Church property: Respect for the Church and all Church property, including St. Pius X Rectory, is expected. Any repair and financial obligations because of damage to Church property by a student becomes the obligation of that student and his/her parent(s). The Faith Formation Program and St. Pius X Church and Rectory share space.
PARENTS, THANK YOU FOR REVIEWING THIS WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Medication Policy: No adult volunteer or paid staff of the Faith Formation Program will dispense any medication of any kind to students, whether it is prescription or over-the-counter.
*We do have first aid supplies, such as Band-Aids.
If your child becomes ill during class, he/she will be brought to the Faith Formation Office and parents will be called to pick up their child.
Fire Evacuation Procedure
Each room in the Rectory has a posted fire evacuation procedure. Catechists will have a copy of the procedure and will cover this procedure with their students.
No Running in the hallways or rooms of the Rectory.
No Food or Drinks will be allowed in the classrooms. Any and all food/drinks need to be consumed before class. **Exception for this rule is during parties.
Playground: There is no playground on the St. Pius X facility.
However, across the street to the North of St. Pius X is a city park.
There is NO adult supervision in this play area.
NORTH DOOR: Students will use the North door to enter and leave the Rectory for Faith Formation class. After class, we ask students to stay on the sidewalk or in the area until they see that their ride has arrived. The building will remain open until all students have departed.
Early School Dismissal: If the Agar, Blunt, Onida public school dismiss classes early for a school-sponsored event, Faith Formation classes will be at their usual times.
Weather: Do not endanger your life and the lives of your children to attend a Faith Formation Program class or Church-sponsored youth event if the weather is inclement. For those living in the country, you are the best evaluator of road conditions; use your judgment and err on the side of safely.
Inclement Weather Policy: If the Agar, Blunt, Onida public schools cancel classes for Wednesday, there will be NO Faith Formation classes. If school is dismissed early on Wednesday, due to bad weather, there will be NO Faith Formation classes in the afternoon or evening.
Every adult volunteer or paid staff in the Faith Formation Program must meet the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls Safe Environment Guidelines including a criminal background check, completion of the S.M.P. questionnaire, participation in the annual required safe environment training either on-site or online training program.
Safe Environment Forms
The background check, SMP questionnaire, and the online training can be accessed at the diocesan website: www.sfcatholic.org. This site will take you to the safe environment training website: www.safeandsacred-sfcatholic.org.
Student Safe Environment Training
As part of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls Safe Environment Guidelines, each parish is required to provide annual safe environment to all students enrolled in grades 1-12 Faith Formation classes. The training provided is age-appropriate and will take place during one of the Faith Formation sessions. Parents will be notified one week in advance of the training, and are welcome to attend.
We are able to reduce paper, copy, and postage costs for the parish using electronic means to communicate.
Email-Our goal is to have as many families as possible supply us with their email addresses.
Parish websites: Under construction
Parish Bulletin: Please pick up a parish bulletin when you attend mass on the weekend as it has information on Faith Formation events & any changes to the schedule.
Changes to your information: Please notify the Faith Formation Office of any email, phone, or address changes so our database is always updated. Thank You.
Cell Phone: Students should not use cell phones during class time or in Church for calls or text messages. Students should turn their phones off during class or Mass. Students may put cell phones in the Faith Formation office during class and retrieve them at the end of class, as an option. Parents, thank you for reviewing this with your child(ren).
Electronic devices or games: No electronic devices, games, or toys are to be brought to class or events.
Food/Drinks: No candy, gum, soda pop, snacks are allowed during class. The only exceptions will be class parties or permission from their teachers.
Stewardship of Time and Talent: Sharing of one’s stewardship of time and talents is integral to the life of a Catholic. We encourage each family in our Faith Formation Program to participate in some work of charity.
Registration and Fees
Annual registration is required of all students participating in St. Pius X Faith Formation.
Fees: There is a $5.00 per student/ $10.00 per family Faith
Formation registration fee yearly.
Summer religion programs: These programs will require a separate fee and may include Totus Tuus or in-house developed programs.
Donations: We welcome donations to defray the expenses of the
Faith Formation Program. If you wish to contribute as a means of stewardship, please contact the Faith Formation office.
Please update and register your child(ren) in Faith Formation classes for the 2010-11 school year. Send your check along with the updated registration form to the Faith Formation Office at:
Attention: Kristi Yackley
Faith Formation Office
102 S. 6th Street
Onida, SD 57564
Thank you for reviewing the workbook with your children. May God continue to bless each member of St. Pius X.
In the Happy moments.....Praise God
In the Difficult moments...Seek God
In the Quiet moments ..Worship God
In the Painful moments ...Trust God
In Every moment ....Thank God
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