Parish School of Religion (PSR)
The Parish School of Religion provides religious education for our parish children who attend the public schools in grades 1-8. Catechists facilitate the lesson each week with projects and activities. Materials for classroom preparation are provided. Men and women who desire to share faith and time with our young people are needed.
Courteous and respectful behavior is ex- pected at all times toward other students, catechists, and parents. Students should be aware that their catechists are volunteering their time and energy to share their faith with them and deserve gratitude and respect for their dedication. No food or drink should be brought in by students without the prior permission of their catechist. Students need to respect the property of others, including that of their classmates, their classroom, and the parish.
- A verbal warning will be given for inappropriate behavior.
- If behavior continues, a phone call will be made by the catechist or coordinator. A conference with parent/guardian, student, catechist and coordinator may be called.
- The catechist may request the parent/guardian to accompany their child to class in order to alleviate inappropriate behavior.
- If the behavior persists, the student may be suspended from the program.
Parent/Guardian Participation and Support
Your interest, time and involvement are essential for your children to benefit from the PSR program. You can review each week’s lesson and activities with your children. Asking questions and showing interest indicates the value you place on what students are doing each week. Weekly celebration of the Eucharist, participation in parish life and activities and financial support of the parish should be a normal part of family life.
Stewardship is a vital part of a successful St. Francis Parish School of Religion. Parents are needed in the school office, on a weekly basis to help with attendance, making copies, and assisting in the classroom.
If the Quincy Public Schools are cancelled or dismissed early on the day of PSR due to inclement weather, PSR classes will be cancelled.
Preparation and reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade take place during the fall and spring respectively. Confirmation preparation begins in the spring of 7th grade with reception in the spring of eighth grade. Preparation for the sacraments includes parent meetings during which the preparation programs are explained.
Safe Environment Policy
Volunteers involved with children are required to attend Protecting God’s Children training and have background checks completed.
The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois requires that all volunteers and employees that volunteer or work with children in a Catholic Parish or School attend the “Protecting God’s Children” Workshop. This is an excellent workshop for parents in general. It is offered in Quincy at various times throughout the year. For more information contact the parish office.