Confirmation Program

Grade 8 Confirmation
General Information, Rules & Procedures

Staff:

Dominica Vullo – Coordinator

Dee Waggner & Carol Rustici – Secretaries

Office Phone Number & Email: 732-758-8568, religious_ed@stcatharine.net

Office Hours:

9:00 am – 5:45 pm Monday & Wednesday
9:00 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 am – 3:30 p.m. on Confirmation Class Days

Class Times:
Classes are held once per month on Sunday’s from 12:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Grade 8 Confirmation Program Rules:
All students are expected to arrive on-time, dressed for Church and prepared for class.
All students will attend Mass at 12:30 p.m. and will sit with their class.
No late arrivals or early dismissals allowed.  (Students are marked absent if they arrive late or leave early.)

Arrival Procedures:
Please drop your child/children off at the Religious Education building (be extra careful in the parking lot –while Mass is letting out)

Dismissal Procedures:
Classes will be dismissed from the back of the Religious Education Building at 3:30 p.m.  (Please park your car and walk up to meet your child/children at the Back Entrance.)

Attendance:
All students are expected to attend class each month, unless of an illness or family emergency only.  (Not sports, dance or other activities)
In case of an “extreme situation”, we have a “one absence only rule”, which is strictly enforced.
Please make all necessary arrangements in regards to any extracurricular activities ahead of time.
Please check the calendar carefully, as there are certain dates where attendance is mandatory.

Communication:
www.stcatharine.net  for all calendar and parent information, etc.
All communications with parents/guardians will come via the website.
We will send you an email alerting you to go to the website for any pertinent information or calendar changes.

Cancellations:
In case of an emergency closing, we will post on the website and send out an email alert.
In case of an emergency closing, we have included an inclement weather make-up date in the calendar.

Miscellaneous:
Each child is given the books he/she needs.  If a child loses a book, a fee of $20.00 will be charged to replace the book.

Snacks:
Pizza and water will be served.  If your child has any allergies/medical conditions, please send him/her with their own snack. (peanut free only)

Volunteering:
All parents are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours per year.  There are many opportunities for parents to be active and involved.  Please contact us for information.

Family Information:
Please be sure to notify us if any of your contact information changes, example:  address, phone number, cell phone number, email address or emergency contact information.
Please be sure to notify us if any of your child/children’s information changes, examples:  learning, medical or allergy information.

Curriculum:
YOUCAT Confirmation Program:  The program consists of the YOUCAT Confirmation course book and handbook for all. The two books follow the same twelve steps leading to Confirmation – and both books refer to the same key passages in the Bible and in the YOUCAT.

“Young people are not so superficial”, writes the Pope in his foreword to the YOUCAT Program.  It’s true.  They want to know what they believe.  And so this course is shaped around the fundamental content of our faith.  But because this can sometimes be quite tough going, the YOUCAT program made sure to leave room for a little fun as well.

The Confirmation course book is addressed directly to the young people in the Confirmation group and explains to them in an attractive manner, as though in a novel of twelve chapters, what the Confirmation course is all about.
Parents are the Primary Educators of the Faith:
As the primary educators of your children and being the role models for their faith, we count on your support and guidance that what is learned at class each month is connected at home, and their everyday living.

Mass Attendance:
Please bring your child to Mass each week.  This helps to reinforce who we are as Catholic Christians, and that they are fully, active and participating members of the Body of Christ.

Together:
We can all make a difference in the life of a child!