Policies

New Policies For High School Faith Formation Programs

2018-2019

Strong Catholic Families:

Strong Catholic Youth

The research on teens and faith cannot be clearer:  parents matter…a lot!  So what is the Church doing to engage and partner with parents in supporting them in their rightful role as primary formators of faith for their family?  And what can parents do to take ownership for leading their children and teens toward a vibrant faith that embraces discipleship?

Welcome to a new and exciting year.  We look forward to engaging and supporting your family in our formation program and welcome everyone to be a part of this new and exciting journey. 

Each student in every year level, will be required to complete:

  • Family Retreat
  • 9th year requirement – Choice of retreat or 2 Mornings of Prayer – with parents
  • 10th year requirement – Choice of retreat or 2 Mornings of Prayer - with parents
  • 11th year requirement – Confirmation Retreat on Saturday, October 20th or November 3rd
  • At Sacred Heart Center from 9 am to 5 pm – includes 4 pm Mass

 

  •  Family Enrichment Hours
    • 9th year requirement – 4 hours
    • 10th year requirement – 4 hours
    • 11th year requirement – 4 hours
    • If you do more than the requirement, it may be counted towards the Individual Enrichment Hours.

 

  • Individual Enrichment Hours
    • 9th year requirement – 2 hours
    • 10th year requirement – 2 hours
    • 11th year requirement – 4 hours
    • These hours cannot count as Family Enrichment Hours.

 

  • Service Ministry Hours
    • 9th year requirement – 4 hours
    • 10th year requirement – 6 hours
    • 11th year requirement – 10 hours

 

Individual Year Requirements

9th Year                                                                    10th Year                                                       11th Year

                                                                                                                                        

Retreat/2 morning sessions-w/parents      Retreat/2 morning sessions-w/parents          Confirmation Retreat-w/parents

Family Enrichment Hours – 4                  Family Enrichment Hours – 4                         Family Enrichment Hours – 4

Individual Enrichment Hours – 2             Individual Enrichment Hours – 2    Individual Enrichment Hours – 4

Service Ministry Hours – 4                       Service Ministry Hours – 6                         Service Ministry Hours – 10

 

Family Retreats

Family Retreat are retreat experiences that families share together. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THESE BY FILLING OUT CARD.

 

9th year or 10th year Formation must complete one of the following retreats or two of the Mornings of Prayer:

High School Student/Parents Retreat Schedule

Retreats INCLUDE 4:00 PM MASS AT ST. JOSEPH

  • September 22, 2018 – Sacred Heart PSR – 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • October 13, 2018 – Sacred Heart PSR – 10:00AM - 3:30 PM
  • January 19, 2019 – Sacred Heart PSR – 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

High School PSR Mornings of Prayer Schedule

  • September 15, 2018 – SM Hall – 9:00 AM – NOON
  • December 1, 2018 – SPC Cafeteria – 9:00 AM – NOON
  • February 2, 2019 – SM Hall – 9:00 AM – NOON

11th year Formation must attend one of the Confirmation Retreats:

        October 20th or November 3rd, 2018 – Sacred Heart Center - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM includes 4 pm Mass at St. Joseph

 

Family Enrichment Hours

Family Enrichment Hours are experiences that families share in our community that enriches their lives as well as the lives of the community.  Students and families attend or participate in these events to fulfill the requirements. There are several options in fulfilling these and you may participate in more than one.

 

  • 11th year formation students and parents may attend one or more of the Mornings of Prayer on
    • September 15, 2018 – SM Hall – 9:00 AM – NOON
    • December 1, 2018 – SPC Cafeteria – 9:00 AM – NOON
    • February 2, 2019 – SM Hall – 9:00 AM – NOON

              YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THESE BY CALLING MRS. MISSY or filling out the card.

 

  • Student and parents from St. Michael’s may attend The Living Rosary on Sunday, October 21 at 6:30 in St. Michael Parish Hall.

 

  • Students and parents may attend Red Stick Catholic Fest on Sunday, November 10th   at Airline Fairgrounds, in Baton Rouge.  More details to come when available.

 

  • Students and parents may attend the Family Mission, which is scheduled for March 11-13 at Sacred Heart Church. Brad Doyle will be the presenter.  The mission will be held each evening at Sacred Heart beginning at 7 pm.

 

  • Students and parents may attend Abbey Youth Festival on March 23, 2019 at St. Joseph Abbey in Covington. More details of time and cost will be available closer to date.

 

  • If students attend any of the above Family Enrichment Hours without their parents, it is considered individual enrichment hours.

 

  • Participate in programs offered by FORMED. – more information on this later

 

 Individual Enrichment Hours

Individual Enrichment Hours are experiences that enrich your spiritual life as well as the lives of the community.   There are several options in fulfilling these and you may participate in more than one.

 Attend any of the Family Enrichment Hours without parents or any hours over the required 4 hours.

  • The Living Rosary
  • World Youth Day
  • African American Youth Conference
  • Family Mission
  • Abbey Youth Festival

 

  • Students can minister at any of the Liturgies (Masses) in an assigned ministry. Any hours over the required amount may count as Service Ministry Hours.

Examples:

  • Join a choir or become an altar server.

 

  • Students can volunteer to be an aide for one of the Elementary Formation Programs. Contact Mrs. Donna (SJ), Mrs. Harriet(SH) or Miss Carol Ann(SM).

 

  • Students may attend one of the following and must get an adult participating (other than your relative) to sign your sheet.
    • Adoration – at the Lutcher Chapel
    • Tuesday Novena – 4:30 pm at the St. Michael Grotto
    • Wednesday Rosary – 6:30 pm at the St. Michael Church
    • First Saturday Devotion – 8:00 am at St. Michael Church

 

  • Students may volunteer as a leader for Vacation Bible School in June of 2019 at the St. Peter Chanel Cafeteria. Any hours over the required amount, may be counted as Service Ministry Hours.

 

Participate in programs offered by FORMED. – more information on this later

Service Ministry Hours

       Service Ministry is an experience where you perform a needed service for an individual or organization within our parish cluster.  Below is a list of the acceptable experiences.  If it is not listed below, than it does not count, without prior consent from Deacon Alfred Adams, Fr. Vincent Dufresne, Fr. Alec Sheldon or Melissa Laurent.  This is to help build our Church community and the Kingdom of God here on the River Road.  We encourage that hours in this area be earned in at least 2 different ministries.  This will help you to volunteer and experience many of the different ministries available.  Time served is time earned.  You cannot earn extra time if you did a good job, as a good job should always be done.

 

  • Altar Server – Contact the pastoral center
  • Choir Member – Contact the choir leader for that choir.
  • Usher – See head usher at that Mass, you will receive 15 minutes of service each time you usher. 4 times equal one hour.
  • Aide for a PSR Program – Contact Mrs. Donna (SJ), Mrs. Harriet(SH) or Miss Carol Ann(SM).
  • Aide for Children’s Church – Contact Mrs. Donna Waguespack
  • Aide for First Reconciliation Retreat on TBA– Contact Mrs. Donna(SJ), Mrs. Harriet(SH) or Miss Carol Ann(SM)
  • Aide for First Eucharist Retreat on TBA– Contact Mrs. Donna(SJ), Mrs. Harriet(SH) or Miss Carol Ann(SM)
  • Leader for Vacation Bible School in June – Contact Mrs. Donna
  • Volunteer to work for the St. Michael Church Fair on October 6/7 – Contact Deacon Alfred
  • Volunteer to work for the Cluster Picnic at Lutcher Park – Contact Mrs. Missy
  • Volunteer to work at any of the Parish Blood Drives – Contact Brenda Huguet(SM), Carl Dornier(SJ), Baron Bunch(SH)
  • Volunteer to work at any Catholic Daughter Function (Receptions for: 1st Communion, Confirmation, Senior Mass, Christmas Party, etc) – Contact Theresa Roussel
  • Volunteer to work at the St. Vincent DePaul (Store, Food Pantry, Uniform Give Away, Food Collection) – Contact Gene Louque or Emery Forsyth
  • Volunteer to work at St. Peter Chanel Spring Festival TBA – Contact Chanel School
  • Volunteer to work at KC Functions (Bingo, Monthly Dinner) – Contact Barry Weber
  • Volunteer to work at the Prayer Garden (Contact Anne Detillier) or one of our Churches gardens (Contact the pastoral center)
  • Volunteer to work St. Michael Bingo – Contact Deacon Alfred Adams
  • Volunteer to assist in cleaning one of our parish Churches – Contact Rachelle Oubre at the Pastoral Center
  • Volunteer to help at any of the Church Parishes or Church Functions – These will be listed in bulletin as available.
  • Volunteer to assist prison ministry with wrapping gifts at Christmas time – Contact Nancy Bourgeois 869-4369
  • Volunteer to work at the St. Vincent DePaul Dining room in Baton Rouge. Dates will be announced at class and via email.

 

You may volunteer for any of the following experiences, however only 2 hours of a non-church related ministry can be earned.  Example:  11 year sessions requires 10 ministry hours.  8 hours must be earned in the above experiences and 2 hours can be earned in any of the following.

 

  • Riverlands Nursing Home – Contact 869-5725 services needed are:  Help with Bingo, arts & crafts, decorating

       bulletin boards and for parties; and planned visitation of residents.

  • The Lions Club – Services needed are: Help unloading pumpkins for Pumpkin Patch; turning pumpkins every other day; collecting money at Petting Zoo; working the 10-K run along with the Sheriff Office.
  • Volunteer for any non-profit organization – Example: Public Schools, St. James Hospital, Fund Raisers, etc.

 Confirmation

Students wishing to be presented for Confirmation must be baptized and registered in the parishes. They must have completed religious education for grades 1 through 10, and must attend sacramental preparation classes for Confirmation. This is in addition to their normal religious education.

 

August 5, 2018 – St. Joseph Church, Paulina

         6:15 - 7:45 PM Confirmation Session for Student & Parent

 

September 29/30, 2018- Rite of Welcoming for Confirmation Students & Sponsors

        6:00 PM - St. Michael on Saturday, September 29

        9:00 AM - St. Joseph on Sunday, September 30

        5:00 PM - Sacred Heart on Sunday, September 30

 

October 20, 2018 - Confirmation Retreat

        9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Sacred Heart including 4:00 PM Mass at St. Joseph or

November 3, 2018 - Confirmation Retreat

        9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Sacred Heart including 4:00 PM Mass at St. Joseph

 

October 14, 2018 - Sacred Heart Church,

        6:15 - 7:45 PM Confirmation Session for Student & Sponsor

 

January 27, 2019 - Confirmation Practice at St. Joseph

         10:00 AM following the 9 am Mass for students & sponsors making Confirmation at St. Joseph

January 27, 2019 - Confirmation Practice at Sacred Heart

        12:Noon following the 11 am Mass for students & sponsors making Confirmation at Sacred Heart

 

February 5, 2019 - 6:30 PM – St. Joseph, Paulina

Celebration of Confirmation (St. Joseph)

February 6, 2019  - 6:30 PM - Sacred Heart, Gramercy

        Celebration of Confirmation (St. Michael & Sacred Heart)

 

Sacred Heart & St. Joseph

High School Faith Formation

Formation Years (grades) 9-11

Sacred Heart PSR Building

Grade 11 Sunday  6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

Grade 9 & 10 6:15 PM to 7:45 PM

 

Dates                11th Year         10th Year       9th Year

August             5(CS),12,26      19(PS),26         19(PS),26

September     9,16,23              9,16,23              9,16,23

October           7,14(CS),28      7,28                    7,28

November      4,18                    4,18                    4,18

December       2,9                       2,9                      2,9                           

January            13                        13,27                 13,27

February                                     10,17,24           10,17,24                

March                                           10,17                 10,17

 

Dress Code

It is the obligation of our church parishes to provide a proper educational and religious atmosphere which shall be conducive to the learning process as well as spiritual growth and morality. Students, teachers, and staff have the right to be free from distractions which hinder the learning process and go against the moral code. No mode of attire will be considered proper for school wear that distracts from or disrupts classroom and school decorum. The DRE makes the final decision as to what is considered proper or improper dress according to the guidelines provided.

The Parish Staff believe it is the responsibility of each student to use good judgment in one’s total appearance so that the attention of others is not distracted from the purpose of the school.

Cleanliness shall be a basic consideration.

Boys: Your own school approved uniform or:

       a sleeved shirt (no sleeveless) and pant or short (not more than 3” above the knee).

Girls: Your own school approved uniform or:

       A sleeved shirt (no sleeveless, back less, strapless or low cut) and pant or short/skirt/dress (not more than 3” above the knee).

 

Shoes: No flip flops

 

Dress Code Offense

       1st offense (Grades  1-8)- Pink slip with the type of offense will be sent home with the student.

              Grades 9-11 – Student will be sent home.

 

       2nd offense (Grades 1-8) - Parent will be called and student will be sent home.

 

Attendance Policies

It is the obligation of our parishes to provide a consistent and enriching program for our students. Students are expected to attend class regularly and to be on time. Parents are expected to bring and pick up their children on time. Students in Confirmation Preparation are encouraged not to miss any classes.  If you are absent, you must call Mrs. Missy so you can to make up class.  Ninth & tenth grade will be allowed to have 2 absences. Parents are to send a written excuse with the student upon returning to class.

 

Make-up work - Upon returning to class the student will be given a photo copy of the lesson he/she missed, to take home and complete for the following class. Parents must sign the completed assignment.