The parents are the first and primary educators of their children through word and example. The purpose of our program is to supplement the role of the family in faith formation by providing a quality Catholic Religious Education in a formal setting.


Ordinarily our program is for active, contributing, registered members of St.Philip Parish. However, if space is available we will welcome any families who wish to attend regardless of faith or parish affiliation.


Regular attendance and participation in classes are of the utmost importance. If a student is absent, please contact the student’s Teacher.   Missed work will be given upon the child’s return to be completed for the following class.  Please drop your child off at the school at 9:50 am.



At the beginning of the program year, the Teaching Staff will set clear, reasonable and enforceable rules for the students. If a student does not cooperate, cases shall be handled in the following manner:

1. The teacher will try to correct problems directly with the student.

2. If a problem persists, the Director and teacher will meet with the student.

3. If no solution is forthcoming, the Director and teacher will discuss the problem with the parent(s).

4. If there is still not sufficient improvement, the child will be dismissed from the program by the Director with the approval of the Pastor.

Policy for minimum attendance and eligibility for Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation

RATIONALE: Parents are the first and foremost educators of their children. It is in the home that faith is handed on and nurtured. The Parish Religious Education Program supports and assists parents in this primary responsibility.


If a student misses more than five classes in a year, he/she will not be promoted to the next grade until the work is satisfactorily completed. Special conditions apply for sacramental years. (See #1 below) 


Candidates for the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation are those who fulfill the following:

  1. Active participation in the Catholic faith. (i.e. minimally, regular attendance at Sunday Mass)
  2. Regular attendance at Religious Education classes in the preceding and current year (or the equivalent). If a student misses more than two Religious Education classes in grades 2 or 8, the parent will be expected to meet with the Director to correct any deficencies and continue preparation.
  3. Parent attendance at sacramental meetings (or the equivalent) in preparation for the sacraments. Ordinarily, this is mandatory for the first child; for the other children, it is required if more than three years elapse.
  4. For Confirmation candidates: evidence of readiness through their attitude, actions, understanding of the subject matter, service requirements and retreat.
  5. In extreme circumstances that cause the criteria set forth in point B (above) not to be met, the parent must meet with the Director or Pastor for any modified preparation.

2. SPECIAL NOTE – Home Schooling:

While we know that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children, we also know that the sacraments of the church are communal celebrations. Therefore, it is important that the preparation for these sacraments be done in a communal setting. It is the Parish’s obligation to be assured that this preparation be theologically and pastorally sound. In order to be admitted for the Sacraments of Initiation (Eucharist and Confirmation), the preparation must be done within the CCD program. The Director will determine readiness before a student enters the second or eighth grade. Other arrangements will be approved by the pastor.


In order to provide more safety for our children at the time of dismissal, parents or drivers must meet children in Grades 1-3 in the school hall outside the Library.  Children in grades 4-8 may wait at the exterior school door and leave once they see their parent arrive in the church parking lot.  Children may not cross Route 8 without an adult.

3. LATE PICK UPS – If you are going to be late to pick up your child please let the teacher/coordinator know as soon as possible. 


If your child has any problem that we should know about, (reading difficulties, health problems, ADD, etc.), note this on the registration form and notify the Teacher if the registration form needs to be updated during the school year.


If there are concerns regarding non-custodial parents receiving information or picking up the children, give this information IN WRITING to the Director.


Parents are asked to complete the registration form and to keep it up to date throughout the school year. This information will include parent names or other adults who could take responsibility in case of a medical need or other problem. It is important that any unusual medical problem, special need or family issue of each child be noted on the registration form. Prompt notification is necessary when any of these names or numbers are changed. Children should NOT be sent to class. if the parent suspects that they may be ill. When not sure, a parent should be sure someone on the emergency list is available so that the Teacher can contact him or her quickly if necessary. If changes will be applicable for the one-day only, a parent should send a signed and dated note with the children that they may give to their teacher.


Parents are encouraged to participate in the CCD program. All parents are welcome to sit in on their child’s class. Any program or teacher questions should be sent via email, text or writing to the Teacher, CCD coordinator or the Director.


It is very unusual to cancel because of weather.  But if that happens, you will receive a call or text from the Teacher.


We may wish to promote the program via the website and news releases to local or diocesan papers using photos taken during class activities. Parent permission is requested to post pictures of family members both adult and child(ren) involved with the program. Permission remains in effect until revoked in writing. Please contact the Director. with questions or concerns relating to this policy.


Students are not to chew gum, bring drinks, candy or food of any type, or wear hats during class.


The following prayers are specifically recommended for the grade levels listed:

(assistance and study tips can be provided if requested)

Grade 1:

  1. Sign of the Cross
  2. Glory Be
  3. Our Father
  4. Meal Prayer
  5. Hail Mary
  6. Guardian Angel Prayer


Grade 2: Simple Act of Contrition, and all of the above

Grade 3: The Apostle’s Creed, and all of the above

Grade 4: Morning Offering, and all of the above

Grade 5: All of the above

Parents, be sure to help your child to understand and learn these prayers. Regularly praying them at home will help your child to integrate faith and life.  If assistance or help is needed please don’t be shy and ask your teacher.  Other information can be made available to assist you.

Traditional Prayers

SIGN OF THE CROSS – In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

OUR FATHER – Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

HAIL MARY – Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

GLORY BE – Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

GRACE BEFORE MEALS – Bless us, O Lord, and these Your gifts, which we are about to receive from Your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

GRACE AFTER MEALS – We give You thanks for all Your gifts, Almighty God, living and reigning now and forever. Amen.

GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER – Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and to guide. Amen.

ACT OF CONTRITION – My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend with Your help, to sin no more, and to avoid what leads me to sin. Amen.

APOSTLE’S CREED – (per new Roman Missal changes) – I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

MORNING OFFERING – The traditional prayer is listed below, however, teach your child to offer his or her day to God in his or her own words. Oh Jesus, through the Immaculate heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and for the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops, for all of the members of the Apostleship of Prayer, and in particular for those intentions recommended by our Holy Father. Amen.

Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

(ten commandments, cont.)

4. Honor your father and your mother.

5. You shall not kill.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

10.You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy are actions that help People in their bodily needs


Spiritual Works of Mercy The Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions that help people in their Spiritual needs.

Special thanks to: St. Marys” Parish in Alexandria for providing the framework, format, and  ideas of this Handbook.

Handbook 2015-2016

I have read and understand the information in St. Philip’s Religious Education Parent Handbook for the 2015-2016 school year.

Printed Parent Name:  ____________________________________________

Parent Signature: ________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________________________


All Call Phone System

Please list the two phone numbers you would like us to call in the case of inclement weather.

Please circle the type of phone number it is.

Home/Cell: ___________________________________________

Home/Cell: ____________________________________________


Emergency Contact Information

Family Name (Last, First): ___________________________________________

Family Email: _____________________________________________________

Student Name: Special Needs/Allergies/Family Issues:


Student Name: Special Needs/Allergies/Family Issues:


If we are unable to reach the parents we will contact the following

Emergency Contact Name: Relationship:  ________________________________

Emergency Contact Home Phone: ______________________________________

Emergency Contact Cell Phone:________________________________________