Annual Review of Catholic Education in the Parish 2008 • To communicate to the people of the parish around a key mission of the parish: education and religious formation of all the people-- especially educating the elementary school-aged children of the parish • To educate the parish community in the need to identify resources and provide them in an efficient and effective manner for the religious education and formation of all the people-- especially the parish elementary school-aged children.
Church Documents • Education is in a very special way, the concern of the Church. Catholic Education has the duty of proclaiming the way of salvation to all, of revealing the life of Christ to those who believe and of assisting them with unremitting care so that they may attain the fullness of that life. Vatican Council II ~ Gravissimum Educationis
Characteristics Found in Vital Parishes • The proclamation of the Word of God is foundational to the Church’s mission. All persons need to have the Good News of Jesus Christ preached and presented in an effective and persuasive manner, so that they may grow in the gift of faith. In addition, the clear teaching of the Catholic Church based upon the Word of God needs to be presented in various ways within the parish community. (CFVP, 16)
Education/Faith Formation Mission of Mother of Divine ProvidencePARISH • We the Parish of Mother of Divine Providence, are of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. Nourished by Eucharist and guided by the example of Mary our Mother, we are called to open ourselves to an intimate relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. As a welcoming community, we strive to live our Catholic Faith and to foster and share this faith wthrough worship, education and service.
PreparationPrimary ProgramsTarget Pre-Cana Young adults Pre-Jordan Parents/Sponsors Reconciliation Parent program First Eucharist Parent program Confirmation Parent program Number In Our Parish Programs ___0__(couples) ___32__ __110___ __110___ Not this year Part I - Participation in Sacramental Preparation
Part II – Elementary School Age Parishioners - How Many Are There in our Parish This Year? 1. Total Parish Elementary School Aged Children 553 2. In Parish School __146 3. In Other Catholic School ____7 4. In Public or Non Catholic Private School __400 • Receiving Religious Education: • 5. In PREP Program __260 • 6. In Home school setting ___ 2 • 7. Receiving no Catholic Education __145
Children Enrolled in the Parish School Located at This Parish • Parish Children enrolled 146 • Other Catholic Children enrolled 27 • Non Catholic Children enrolled 6 Grades 1 through 8 only are shown above, 89 additional children are registered in ECP.
Strong Catholic Identity Principal and Faculty who are practicing Catholics with religion and state certification Middle States accredited Adequate facilities to provide a quality program Religion instruction (5 days) Mathematics Honors Math Integrated Language Arts Social Studies Science Fine Arts (Music and Art) Physical Education Technology **Integration of Religion and Technology across all curriculum areas Mother of Divine Providence School meets or exceeds all criteria for education as presented by the Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Standards for Quality Catholic Elementary Schools
Required Computer lab with Internet access Classrooms with Internet access Fine Arts area (for Music and Art) Library Physical Education Science Lab Honors Math (where criteria is met) Cafeteria Classroom for Intermediate Unit services Our School Full internet access throughout All Dedicated facilities Media Center in Library Yes – all grades Two Science labs Honors Math Program Yes Yes * School has sound field systems in several classrooms Other School Resources
Costs of School • 1. Total School Operating Expense $ 1,072,056 • Who pays for the school? Where does the money come from? 2. Tuition Income $ 555,935 3. Subsidy (or scholarships) provided by the parishioners $ 415,882 4. School Fund Raisers (socials and donations) $ 58,368 5. Other school income $ 41,871 • How does this break down for each student? 6. Tuition income per student $ 2,259.90 7. Scholarship (or subsidy) from parishioners for each student $ 1,690.58 8. Other income per student (including fund raisers) $ 407.48
Other Sources of Tuition Income(Tuition Grants received by the Parish) • B.L.O.C.S. /EITC 0 • Other Funds • Children’s Scholarship Fund 0 • Sullivan Grant $1,000 + (ceiling mounted projectors & laptops) • Kremer Foundation 0 • Other 0
Required Strong Catholic Identity DRE/CRE and catechists who are practicing Catholics with commensurate training for the task of providing religious instruction to the children Approved program through the Office of Catechetical Formation Adequate facilities to provide a quality program Curriculum as prescribed by the Office of Catechetical Formation including: Archdiocesan Religion guidelines, approved text, sacramental Preparation. Max class size 15-20 Our Parish Program exceeds prescribed number of instructional hours, and in addition, includes prayer services, Living Rosary, Living Stations, masses, acts of charity and opportunity for confessions. DRE has MA in Theology, catechists work on certification through the Catechetical Institute, Catholic Life congress, Catechetical Forum and are enriched by parish and Vicariate meetings and workshops. Religious Education Program is approved by the Archdiocese. Facilities enhance the overall faith development of our children. Curriculum follows the guidelines set be OCE for grade levels K through 8. Curriculum and sacramental preparation use publisher texts that are on the approved Archdiocesan list. There are 15 or less students in each classroom. Standards for Quality Parish Religious Education Programs
Program Needs Adequate classroom space Worship space Meeting space Administrative space Learning resources DVD, VCR, TV, Technology Text/materials Our Program All areas used for the faith formation of the children in the religious education program meet or exceed our current needs. Classrooms are equipped with technology that supports our instructions. Religion Resource Library includes music and video tapes, DVDs, CDs, Scripture story books for children, catechisms, Church and Vatican documents, theology books, Scripture study guides, Catechist reference materials, CS&T, religious magazines. Other P.R.E.P. Resources
Part III- Adolescent and Youth Ministry Goal 1 ~ Discipleship ~ empowering young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. They hunger to hear the Good News that finds response in discipleship. Our parish nourishes this aspect for our youth by providing an excellent program of spiritual formation via our parish school and religious education program. Many opportunities are given to our youth “to hear the Good News” through liturgies, service projects, and classroom study. There is a newly organized Youth Group which is drawing some of our high school students, as well as our junior high students, to a deeper understanding of their faith through prayer and service. CYO athletics also encourages team work and community service.
Adolescent and Youth Ministry Goal 2 ~ Connection ~ drawing young people to responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community. The ways our parish nourishes this aspect for our youth is… • SERVICE PROJECTS • FOOD AND CLOTHING COLLECTIONS, ETC. • MUSIC MINISTRY • ALTAR SERVERS • CONNECTION WITH HOMEBOUND • INVOLVEMENT WITH ST. VERONICA SCHOOL
Adolescent and Youth Ministry Goal 3 ~ Gifts and Growth ~ fostering the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person Our parish fosters this growth by… • GRADE 8 RETREAT • PARTICIPATION IN WORLD YOUTH DAY ACTIVITIES • ATTENDING WEEKLY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION • OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION • HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT
Part IV - Young Adults Evangelizing Outreach: To identify places where young adults gather and to connect them personally with the Church by listening to their concerns, hopes, and dreams and by welcoming them into a community of faith. Our response: Woman’s Walk, Lenten Prayer Series, Women’s Yearly Retreat Forming the Faith Community: To invite, empower, and enable young adults to participate in the life of the Church through worship, community life, small faith communities, and evangelizing efforts, and on committees, in ministries, and in Catholic movements and organizations. Our response: Pastoral Care: To provide activities, visitations, and counseling opportunities that respond to the spiritual and developmental needs of young adults. Our response: Care Ministry, Bereavement Ministry
Key Dimensions Recognize communion with Jesus as the definitive aim of all catechesis Learn and embrace the doctrine on the Eucharist and other sacraments Explore the Scriptures for a fuller understanding Experience and become familiar with diverse forms and expressions of Christian prayer Foster spiritual growth in the community Cultivate an evangelizing spirit and the importance of serving those in need Our Response to Dimensions Each of these components are incorporated into our RCIA gatherings. Lenten Prayer Series on Prayer types and using Scripture. We have people who go to the prison. Part V - Adult Faith Formation
Church Total Operating Income $1,174,318 Total Operating Expenses $ 722,127 Excess Income or (deficit) $ 452,191 School Total Operating Income $ 656,174 Total Operating Expenses $1,072,056 Excess Income or (deficit) ($ 415,882) Parish Financial Report • Total Parish Operating • Income $1,830,492 • Expenses $1,794,183 • Parish Surplus or (deficit) $ 36,309
Cash and Investment/Debt Summary • Cash and investments, last year $1,137,891 • Cash and investments, this year$ 970,980 • Total debt, last year $ 91,916 • Total debt, this year$ 789,013
Our Emerging Issue(s) for the Next Year • The pastoral council and I see no change necessary in this program at this time. I will continue to both monitor and provide programs of quality, Catholic Education for our parishioners. • The pastoral council and I see that the following area (s) need to be strengthened in this program (if possible in space provided here; otherwise write on the back of this form. • The pastoral council and I recognize and recommend that we immediately begin a full study in these areas.