SCHOOL OF RELIGION MISSION STATEMENT
A ministry focused on providing an educational process Rooted in the Traditions and Scripture of the Catholic Church. This process includes religious knowledge and encourages participation. This is done through modeling the practical application of knowledge and faith. This foundation allows the Good News to personally develop in each student and family, with continuous opportunity for growth in knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ. This is provided in a community of believers who responsibly become involved in the life and work of the community through worship, service, message and witness.
The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is normally celebrated in the winter of Grade 2. We require attendance in grade 1 as a prerequisite to entering the 2nd grade sacramental preparation year. Special programs are offered for children in higher grades who need to be prepared for this sacrament.
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is normally celebrated in the Spring of Grade 2 on a Sunday afternoon. We require attendance in Grade 1 as a prerequisite to entering the 2nd grade sacramental preparation year. Special programs are offered for children in higher grades who need preparation for this sacrament.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred upon young people in the tenth grade and older who express a desire for this sacrament of initiation. Youth seeking the sacrament of Confirmation must have successfully completed the 7th & 8th grade in the School of Religion or attend a Catholic High School. St. Anna’s has a two year Confirmation preparation program which begins in the ninth grade and concludes in the Spring of the tenth grade. Students must successfully complete both the 9th and 10th grade, demonstrate readiness by their regular Sunday worship and regular attendance at School of Religion classes. Students in the 9th grade will be expected to complete 10 hours of community service. 10th grade Confirmation candidates will be expected to complete 20 hours of service and attend an overnight retreat. All requirements to be met will be explained at a parent/candidate meeting.
For St. Anna's Religious Education forms, calendar and handbooks, select one of the items listed below to view/download
Forms, calendar and handbooks related to Confirmation.
Safe Environment Policy of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
In accordance with the U.S. Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the program Protecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is used in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade participate in one or two safety lessons in their first year and once they move the next grade group.
The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening. The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals, Social Media Policy
as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
are available at the diocesan website, http://www.archatl.com/ministries-services/safe-environment/grades-k-12/
. An overview of the children’s training, parent, guide, and lesson plans are also available on the diocesan website.