Parish School of Religion
(see current information below from Natalie Sowers on 8/13/20):
St. Rose Parents,
As you know, we had an abrupt ending to our Parish School of Religion (PSR) year last spring with COVID-19. Many of you may be wondering about PSR this year and Sacramental prep for Confirmation + Communion. We all may be asking ourselves "how" will we move forward?
For those students that were preparing for the Sacrament of the Eucharist last Spring - we will find a date very soon for your child's First Communion! Patty Talley will be in touch with those parents to coordinate. For those that were preparing for Confirmation, we still expect to hold Confirmation this school year (date TBD).
For all PSR Students & Families - We received official 2020-2021 guidelines from the Office of Faith & Formation of our Wichita Diocese. You are welcome to read those guidelines; I have attached them here. Last Sunday, the St. Rose PSR Catechists sat down with Father Andy to review these guidelines, and we had a long discussion. We are committed to leading our Parish youth in their faith formation and spiritual growth, while following the guidelines, and want to move forward in a way that will best suit the needs of our Parish families, with the resources we have.
At this time, we are planning to "transform" our PSR approach for the year. We are working towards a unique model of Families Attending PSR Together (Students + Parents) in the Church Hall, once a month, on the 2nd Sunday evening of each month. This will continue to provide our Parish children with faith formation, allowing each family to socially distance inside the Church Hall, without the expectation for all parents to teach their children at home. The first session will be a smaller group on September 13 (this gives us somewhat of a test), with remaining families attending their first Family PSR session on October 11. For children that are preparing for Sacraments, there could be some supplemental material sent home with them at that time.
The PSR Catechists will continue to meet with Father every Sunday after Mass, to prepare and for these Family PSR events. Any parent or parish member that would like to be more involved in this pre-planning is welcome to meet with us each Sunday. We will need parent volunteers to help with simple tasks on these Family PSR evenings (ie. Temperature checks at the door, wiping down tables, building supply kits, etc). Please let me know if you're willing to help!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns!
PSR Director, St. Rose of Lima
Kdg/1st Grade - Natalie Sowers
2nd Grade - Patty Talley & Kay Sigle
3rd/4th Grades - Kristina Balboa
5th/6th Grades - Chris Sigle
7th-9th Grades - Julie Galloway