Welcome to the Immaculate Conception Religious Education Program!
We look forward to working with families in the faith formation of your children. If you have any questions about the IC Religious Education programs, please contact Mrs. Margie Saez, Director of Religious Education.
Please review our Mission and policies regarding attendance, participation, behavior, and more below.
Mrs. Margie Saez, Director of Religious Education
Immaculate Conception Parish supports parents as the primary educators of their children and takes seriously the obligation to assist them in the faith formation of their young children and teens. Our overarching goal is summed up quite simply: “To teach as Jesus taught.” Jesus is at the heart of all religious education.
Our Basic Objective
Weekly attendance, with students arriving on time is essential to the students’ religious education and spiritual growth. An entire year of religious education instruction amounts to only approximately 24 hours of class time. They are with us just one day or less out of 365 days! Every class is important. If your child must miss class for a serious reason, like illness, please contact the Religious Education Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-481-7535 and leave a message. Please assist your teen in structuring her/his extracurricular activities and part-time job schedules so that there is no conflict with their religious education commitments.
Because our time together is so brief, we depend on the cooperation of each student and the cooperation of each family to assist in making the most out of each class hour. Again, students are expected to come in on time. It is disruptive to class flow and disrespectful of the Catechist and other students when a student is habitually late. We also recognize the fact that circumstances beyond a student or parents control occasionally may affect a student’s promptness. We hope that this is a rare occurrence. Students coming directly to class from a school or sport activity may have a problem arriving on time for several weeks. In this case, they must speak to the Director and Catechist to inform them of the situation ahead of time.
Sacramental Preparation Years
Please note that both our First Communion and Confirmation preparation programs consist of a two-year time span. Regardless of the student’s grade and age. Traditionally, this preparation begins in the First Grade and is completed at the end of the Second Grade. However, students are accepted into this preparation program at the current grade level at registration and prepared over two consecutive years. Likewise, our two-year High School Confirmation preparation program begins at the grade level upon registration (traditionally at Grade 9 and completed by the end of Grade 10).
Code of Behavior
Mindful of our Mission to prepare students for discipleship and citizenry, we strive to foster behavior that will promote a more civilized society. Everything that goes on at religious education class, before, during and after the class hour must be rooted in the basic principle of respect. An atmosphere of mutual respect between the Catechist and students, and among students in the class, that is the linchpin upon which learning evolves. All students must be respectful of Parish property, most notable the school building which we share among the three language speaking communities. We are committed to providing every student who wants instruction with a place in our program. However, we must also weigh the needs and demands of one student in a class against the needs of the class as a whole. If a student, in any grade, is unwilling or unable to act respectfully toward others or is disrespectful of Parish property or Catechist, we will notify the parents. If unacceptable behavior continues, the student will be admitted to class only if accompanied by a parent for the class hour, or the parent will be invited to instruct the child at home. The Religious Education Office will provide teaching materials and support for the parent in this task.
All of our Catechists are extremely dedicated and most generously volunteer their time. They deserve to be treated with respect and appreciated for their efforts.