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Mass Attendance Policy

Father's letter on Mass attendance and a handy list to track your mass attendance are on this site.

Greetings Parents of 1st, 2nd, 9th and 10th graders:

Requirements and Meetings:

If you and your children are regular church goers, I hate to burden you with this, but to make it work, this letter must be for all. Vatican II tells us that parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. Fortunately, your parish is still able to play a very helpful role in the Religious Education element of this task. But it is very important that you realize most clearly that learning about our religion is only one component of passing on the Catholic, Christian faith to your children. Faith can only be caught, it cannot be taught. To use a baseball analogy: Parents, and only parents, are or can be the front line pitchers of faith to their children. Children can draw further encouragement from the gathered community at workship (Mass). So it is most important that you and your children participate in the Lord's Day Celebration every Sunday or Saturday evening and or Holy Days of Obligation: Christmas, Feast of Mary (New Years), Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter), and August 15, Assumption.

Because past experience tells me there are too many who don't hear this message when I say it at Parent's meetings, each family please keep a calendar on your refrigerator door, in your computer, or wherever, of your family Mass attendance. This does not mean drop your child(ren) off for both class and Mass, it means you celebrate Mass with them. It does them a real disservice to have us teach them it is a mortal sin to miss Mass and have your example show them that it doesn't make any difference whether we worship or not by your example. Your example is much stronger than your own children's teacher's lesson can possibly be. On those calendars, please circle the last Sundays in December, April and August. As soon as possible after each circled Sunday, send a summary of your Family Mass attendance to Fr. Connors, P. O. Box 7, Fairfax, VT 05454, or drop in the collection basket the following Sunday (Saturday evening).

We will also be watching class attendance very carefully, as the diocese requires two years participation in classes and Mass to receive First Communion and Confirmation. I am not giving numbers, but will be in contact if attendance is not sufficient. Class attendance must take precedence over all school activities, sports and private lessons that must be scheduled differently. All parents for 2nd graders receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion in the current school year must attend a First Penance Meeting either:

Monday, September 26 at 7:00 PM at St. Luke or

Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 PM at Ascension.

And a First Communion Meeting either:

Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM at St. Luke or

Thursday, January 5 at 7:30 PM at Ascension

To parents of students to be confirmed May 2006: you must attend a meeting on Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM at Ascension in Georgia. Mark this in your calendars now, only one meeting.

It is very hard for me to take this step, but my pastoral duty requires it because of the members it applies to directly.


Fr. Frank