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Religious Education Information

Mission Statement
Saint Joan of Arc Parish’s Religious Education programs endeavor to establish within its participants a sense of Christian identity based on the Roman Catholic Tradition.  The program exists not to replace the God-given influence and responsibility that parents have to raise their child in light of Gospel values, but exists to accentuate the parents’ influence and aid them in this task.
Admission Policy
Anyone desiring to participate in the St. Joan of Arc Parish’s Religious Education Program is able to do so.  The program does not discriminate by race, nationality or faith.  We model all admissions in light of Gospel values and in Christian openness.
Anyone new to the St. Joan of Arc Religious Education Program must register in the program by contacting the Religious Education Office. (330-477-6796)
All families registered in the St. Joan of Arc Religious Education Program must be registered in the parish or have the permission in writing of your parish's Pastor to receive Sacrements here at St. Joan of Arc Parish.
Parish Registration for New Families are taken on the 4th Sunday of each month (except July and December) in the Church Meeting Room after the 8:00 and 10:30 am Masses.  If you cannot make it to one of these registration sessions, please call the Parish Center at 330-477-6796 and we will schedule a time convenient for Your Family.
Children's Liturgy of the Word is celebrated year round!
Religious Education CCD Schedule
Sunday Preschool During 10:30am Mass (ages 3 & 4)
Kindergarten Sunday During 10:30am Mass
CCD grades 5-8 Sunday 9-10:20am
CCD grades 1-4 Monday 6-7:30pm
Youth Ministry (9-12 grades) Sunday Noon-1pm
Preschool - grade 8 meet in the SJA School.
Youth Ministry meet in the Parish Center.
Classes run September-May.
Regular Attendance of the CCD Program is expected.  Our Volunteer Catechists put in a great deal of time in preparing for each session.  If your child is ill, please contact the SJA School Office.  Attendance records are kept for each student.  Children who are eligible for the preparation of Sacraments are especially encouraged to attend all classes.  A minimum of 70% attendance is required for those in sacramental prep classes.
Diocesan Child Protection Policy
The St. Joan of Arc Religious Education Department operates in full agreement and compliance with the Diocese of Youngstown's Child Protection Policy.  All Volunteer Catechists and Helpers who are regularly involved with our program receive a copy of this policy and must comply with it.  All Catechists must complete and sign the Diocesan background questionnaire and standards of Ministerial behavior form.  New Catechists must complete a background web check as well as a 2 hour in-service.
Fees for students are as follows:
Pre-school & Kindergarten $30.00 per child
Grades 1-8 $50.00 per child
Maximum per family $120.00
Sacramental Fees $20.00
Youth Ministry, Bible School and Adult Courses - fees when needed.
Weather Alerts
St. Joan of Arc Parish’s Religious Education Department follows the following procedures in case of bad weather:
Monday classes: if Perry Local Schools are canceled on Monday, our CCD classes are canceled.
If the weather turns bad between 3:00pm and 5:00pm refer to I-Alert channels.
If you don't feel safe driving STAY HOME.
Sunday Classes:  Refer to I-Alert channels.
Again, if you feel it is too bad to drive, STAY HOME. You and your family’s safety are far more important to us.
Discipline Policy
If the Volunteer Catechist feels a student’s behavior is not appropriate for the class, the student will be asked to report to the CCD Principal.
If the student is sent to the office more than once, a discipline form will be filled out and the student's parents will be contacted to resolve the situation. If this happens again the Coordinator of Religious Education, CCD Principal, Parents and/or Pastor will meet to come to a resolution to the problem.
The St. Joan of Arc Religious Education department reserves the right to dismiss a student from the Religious Education program if it is felt by the Coordinator of Religious Education, the Pastor and the CCD Principal that this step is necessary to preserve the integrity of the remainder of the program. The Parent/Guardian will have the full support of the Religious Education Department as the Parent/ Guardian continues the catechesis of the child.
Hours of Operation
The Department of Religious Education Office can be reached at the following phone numbers:
Parish Center Office
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm 330-477-6796
(off on Wednesdays)
SJA School Office
Sunday 9:00am -11:30pm
Monday 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Do not leave message for Religious Education on School Voice mail number.
Religious Education Voice Mail number is 330-477-6796
Catechists & Volunteers
The St. Joan of Arc Religious Education Program could not survive without our wonderful volunteer help.  Any Parishioner interested in volunteering their time to help with our program, please contact the Religious Education Office at 330-477-6796.
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