Dear PSR Families, 

We are excited to kick off our PSR year, although things will look a little different than normal. Registration for PSR will be mailed out to our current PSR families the week of September 7th. If you were not enrolled in PSR last year, please contact me as soon as possible. Registration will be due September 20th. This year, we will be providing materials for in home PSR lessons for grades 1-8, to be completed with the parent. We are not registering Pre K and Kindergarten students this year. If you have a child in this age group and would like recommendations for resources supporting your child in the faith, please let me know and I would be happy to assist! The PSR staff will be happy and available to support you and your families in any way possible. Please look out for the registration material and more information in the mailing! Please let me know if you have any questions.

~Michelle Shea –  michelle.shea@st-agatha.org 

 

September, 17, 2020

Dear Parents of PSR-aged Children:

This academic year’s PSR Program begins October 11th.  As you already know, PSR will be done very differently this year.  Although it is always true that parents are to be the chief educators of their children in the Faith, this year the responsibility, duty, and burden falls a little heavier on you in terms of teaching age-specific textbook content.

A good number of you have already registered your children for this year’s PSR Program.  For those who have not, you are strongly advised to do so.  Cost should not be an issue, and if it is do not hesitate to contact me; PSR tuition has been reduced (until we can return to normal class operations) to $85.00 per student.

Of greater importance is a change in policy that is effective beginning October 11, 2020.  It is far too common for parents to enroll their children in PSR during the year a child would normally receive a sacrament (e.g. First Communion) and then to pull them out of PSR until the year for the next sacrament (i.e. Confirmation).  As a result of this, one’s children do not end-up with any real knowledge of the Faith, and are not likely to persevere in Faith.  We need to change this.

Effective October 11, 2020 a child has to be enrolled and participating in a PSR Program for a minimum of the two (2) years preceding reception of a sacrament.  For instance, in order for your child to receive his or her First Holy Communion at the normal time at end of the 2nd Grade year, the child must have been in both the 1st and 2nd Grade PSR classes.  Likewise, in order for your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the normal time toward the end of the 8th Grade year, your son or daughter must have been in both the 7th and 8th Grade PSR classes.  Children not having the requisite years of formal religious education will be delayed from receiving a sacrament until two consecutive years of PSR have been completed.

The policy is not punitive.  Our concern is for the religious education and formation of these children whom will be the Catholic adults of tomorrow.  Help us help them.  Enroll your children in PSR and this year, and next year, and the year after that, and ….  Please keep your children in the PSR Program from the 1st Grade through the 8th Grade.  And please bring them to Mass every Sunday and every other Holy Day of Obligation.

 

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Michelle Shea                                         Fr. Mark Summers

Director of Religious Education               Pastor

 

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