St. Martha’s Religious Education Program is a nine year initiation into the truths of the Catholic Faith, the Sacraments, Christian living, Prayer, and the Liturgical Life of the Church. Each year is a building block in the overall understanding and living out of our Catholic Religion. St. Martha's Parish is firmly committed to teaching the Catholic Faith with loving obedience and fidelity to the teaching authority of the Church. Keeping this in mind, the Religious Education curriculum is not enough to fully form your child into a practicing and devout Catholic. Family prayer time as well as regular reception of the Sacraments (Sunday Mass/Regular Confession) is crucial to the spiritual development of your child and your family. The Family that Prays Together Stays Together. Parents should never underestimate their role as the primary teachers of their children in the Catholic Faith. St. Martha's Religious Education Program is designed to assist families in this process of Faith.
ALL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES BEGIN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 FOR BOTH IN-PERSON STUDENTS, GRADE 3 (9:45-10:45AM) & GRADE 8 (6:00PM-7:00PM) AND HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS (GRADES 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, & 7).
GRADES 1-7 REGISTRATION FORM (CLICK HERE)
PLEASE SEE FORMS BELOW FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR INFORMATION:
Q & A : RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (2020/2021) AND COVID 19
Dear St. Martha's Parishioners,
As we continue to live, pray, and study as Catholics in the unprecedented Age of COVID 19, our standard habits as a Parish Community have changed. One of the greatest changes is the way in which we educate the youth of our parish through the Religious Education Program. Below are questions and answers for parents who would like to know how the 2020/2021 Religious Education Program will operate. Please do not hesitate to contact the Religious Education Office (434-4060 ext 6) or Fr. Green (401 434 4060 ext 4) directly if you still have questions. We want this to be an easy and stress-free process for all our parents and students.
Matthew J Burns, Director of Religious Education
PLEASE SEE THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BELOW FOR AN EXPLANATION/CLARIFICATION OF THE 2020/2021 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION YEAR AT ST. MARTHA'S PARISH
Q&A - RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IN THE AGE OF COVID 19
1.) Are Classes for Religious Education resuming at St. Martha's? If so, are they in-person or homeschooling?
YES. STARTING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2020. BOTH IN-PERSON & HOMESCHOOL
IN-PERSON: All Religious Education Classes for the 2020/21 School Year will resume on Sunday, September 13, 2020. SACRAMENTAL GRADES 3 (First Communion) & 8 (Confirmation) WILL BE THE ONLY IN-PERSON CLASSES. Grade 3 will meet in the Church Hall each Sunday from 9:45-10:45AM. Grade 8 will meet in the Church Hall each Sunday from 6:00-7:00PM. State and Diocesan Mandated Health and Safety Precautions will be strictly enforced (please see Question 3 for clarification) to protect both the Students and the Instructor.
HOMESCHOOL: All Religious Education Classes for the 2020/21 School Year will resume on Sunday, September 13, 2020. GRADES 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, & 7 WILL BE HOMESCHOOL CLASSES. Students in these grades will be working independently from home. Each student will be provided with a textbook, Faith & Life Series (Grade 1, Grade 2, & Grade 3) & The St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism (Grades 4, 5, 6,& 7), and will be required to complete the activities at the end of each assigned chapter or the activity packet provided on the webpage correlating to their grade (EX: Grade 3 activity packet is found on the Grade 3 page). Per Fr. Green, this will operate under an honor system since it is logistically very difficult for parents/guardians to drop-off & receive books/activty sheets each month. Many families also cannot afford the equipment required for virtual learning, so the textbooks will be extremely useful. Families will be given a master calendar & a curriculum calendar which they can follow containing the lessons required to be completed each week.
Since this is an unprecedented situation for our parish community, homeschool parents are asked to do their best to see that students complete the materials for their grade. This is an honor system, completion of material will not affect future placement, but will certainly affect a student's ability to understand the Catholic Faith.
2.) My child is in Grade 3/8, but we are concerned about safety and have "high risk" individuals at home. Does my child in Grade 3 or 8 have to attend in-person?
NO. We cannot be more emphatic about this. If a family feels unsafe, we strongly encourage you to inform us here at St. Martha's. We will gladly work with you so that your child is not delayed in their Faith Formation or in making their Sacraments. Textbooks will be available to take home and Powerpoints for Grade 8 will be available from Fr. Green.
3.) Are you going to be able to conduct In-Person Classes for Grades 3 & 8 in a safe manner? How so?
YES. First, each family is reminded that if a student is in any way, shape, or form symptomatic, he or she MUST stay home. Second, the Church Hall will be set up so that students enter and exit from the same location and are spaced out well-over 6 ft apart. Each student will have an assigned seat and the entire length of the building will be used to spread out students. Third, Sanitize! Sanitize! Sanitize! Chairs, Tables, & Door Handles will be cleaned before and after each class each week. Students will not be allowed to share supplies in class to avoid any form of contact/cross-contamination. Windows will also be open for air circulation. Fourth, STUDENTS MUST WEAR FACE MASKS WHENEVER ENTERING/EXITING THE BUILDING OR GETTING UP TO USE THE RESTROOM. Students are HIGHLY encouraged to leave the face masks on while seated.
4.) My child was supposed to make their First Communion/Confirmation last May, but everything was shutdown. Are they going to have to repeat the Grade? What Grade do I register my child for?
NO. First Communion will be held on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at 11AM for the Grade 4 students who did not receive in May. Parents in this situation should register their children for 4th Grade NOT 3rd. STUDENTS IN GRADE 4 WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON CLASSES BUT MUST BE REGISTERED AND COMPLETE THEIR REVIEW PACKET (SEE GRADE 4 WEBPAGE).
Time from September into early October will be used as a review. Packets will be sent home to students for completion and are available now (CLICK HERE). These packets MUST be returned to the Religious Ed Office by Sunday, October 18th just prior to First Communion. Students will resume the regular Grade 4 Curriculum once they have received First Communion on October 24th. Details about procedure and protocol for First Communion will be forth coming. Please contact Mr. Burns for any questions/clarifications.
Bishop Tobin has generously given delegation to priests of the Diocese of Providence to perform the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you did not receive the Sacrament of Confirmation last year and were enrolled in the program, please contact Fr. Green's Office directly at 401 434 4060 ext 4. A date and time for Confirmation will be announced.
5.) My family was negatively affected by COVID 19 and cannot afford the Registration Fee. Can we still register?
YES. Please do not forgo registration because of financial difficulty. We will gladly accept registrations from any family regardless of their ability to pay the enrollment fee.
6.) I plan on registering my child and having them complete the work in their textbook. Where do I pick up the books/master calendar?
Bins are available in the front Hallway of Church on the weekend starting 9/5-9/6 or you can pick up the book at the parish office during the following weeks. A Master Calendar will also be available with the books as well as posted to the website. If you are delayed in registering or receiving your book, please do not worry. WE WILL WORK WITH YOU!