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Religious Education (CCD)


St. Margaret Mary's Religious Education 2020-2021

"Let the little children alone, and do not stop them from coming to me; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."

Pastor: Reverend Keith Kenney

Director: Deacon John DelQuadro



Religious Education  (CCD)


Dear parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers,

Just a short message to update you on the status of our 2020-2021 CCD  program. We will not be teaching live classes this year. Parents are given a book and assignment along with a date to report so children can be tested and given the next month's assignment


I appreciate the support and dedication all of you have shown in the past and wanted to let you know that the work you've done with these young perople was an act of love for which I, on behalf of the parish, am grateful.

Deacon John DelQuadro - Religious Education Coordinator 

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First Holy Communion and Confirmation Dates

for 2020-2021 Students

Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 6 p.m. Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021 at 7 p.m. 

First Holy Communion and Confirmation Mass

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A parent meeting was called on January 7th & 8th, 2021 to review some of the criteria for reception of Sacraments at our parish and is in conformity the norms set down by the Diocese of Phoenix. 

1. Most have reported that, having parents teach the material to the children has been a rewarding experience but, for some, it requires time that they don't have, or they are tired at the end of their work day and do not have the energy to teach their children. This has become more and more evident when the children come in for testing and are unprepared. On the cover a chapter. Given these books are written on a child's level, the chapters are no longer than 3 pages, with illustrations. If that volume were to be divided over a seven day wee, this would mean you have to review approximately half a page per day. Hopefully, when approached in the manner, the work load will not be too great for anyone and the students work with me will begin to reflect better preparation.

2. Attendance has also become an issue. Your child's testing is always scheduled a month in advance and while an emergency could happen from time to time, I am seeing less and less students coming in on their assigned schedule. This needs to be addressed.

3. There is certain documentation that is required for those receiving Sacraments. A birth certificate is required for all students who will be receiving baptism or reconciliation. This was supposed to be turned in by October 21, 2020. Students who will be receiving Confirmation will need a sponsor who can prove "Catholic in good standing". This means, they will need to provide a Baptism certificate that has been issued within the last 6 months and a Confirmation certificate if it is not already noted on the Baptism certificate. In past years, documentation deadlines have presented considerable problems. To avoid this, there will be a "hard drop" deadline of Feb. 21, 2021 (Ash Wednesday). This means that any student who does not have necessary documentation turned in by Ash Wednesday, will be dropped from our roster and will need to re-enroll for next year's classes. If you are unsure about documentation needed or how to get it, please fee free to ask. I am here to assist you.

4. The next scheduled testing dates for studnets are January 14th or 15th, 2021 at 6 p.m.

5. FHC/Confirmation is scheduled are still to be determined.

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Parent's Responsibility

1. Assure child's attendance is regular and punctual.

2. Ensure child's pick up from class is on time.

3. Provide required documentation for proposed sponsor by Ash Wednesday 2020

     a. Sponsors must be Catholic in good standing

     b. Sponsors must be 16 or older

     c. Sponsor must have received Sacraments of Initiation.

4. Assure child follows the code of content and our dress code.

5. Support classroom presentations by reveiwing student on material covered.

6. Provide proof that parent and student attends Mass each Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation.

Confirmation/First Holy Communion Requirements and Responsibilities

1. Students have received Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation

2. Student is in 3rd grade or above.

3. Parents must attend continuing education workshops that will be held once monthly, and a mandatory retreat on a date to be announced.

If your child is preparing for Confirmation, you will need to provide a certificate to prove the child's Baptism. You will also need to provide a copy of the proposed sponsor's Baptism certificate. In order to comply with this requirement, the sponsor will need to contact the parish where they were Baptized and request a "fresh" copy. Quite often, Baptism certificates include a record of further Sacraments. If the sponsor's does not include this, they have to provide additional certificates to prove all other Sacraments.

Parents will be given a folder at orientation to hold all required documents. You must turn this folder in to Dcn. John only. This must be done, by Ash Wednesday 2020. There will be no extensions on this deadline, so it would be best to choose a sponsor who can obtain this documentation easily.

We will communicate changes and reminders through a cellphone/email app called FlockNotes. If you are already receiving these notices, you should send a text message to 84576 and type cara in the message body. They will send you a link to guide you in registering. There is no cost for this.


Code of Coduct

Rules are in place to ensure a safe and friendly environment. Any, and all violations will be addressed promptly.

1. Respect yourself, others and property with your words, actions, and deeds.

2. Listen and follow instructions from teachers.

3. Be reverent in the house of God.

4. Electronic devices are to be kept in off mode during hours of instruction.

The consequences for rule violations are:

1. First violation - warning from teacher

2. Second violation - referral to director

3. Third violation - conference with parent

4. Fourth violation - student's dismissal from religious education program.


Coping with Corona

One of the three pronged approaches to keeping your body and soul healthy in trying times.

And With Your Spirit

Many houses of worship will be closed for weekend services over the next four to eight weeks. This will leave many family leaders concerned about the spiritual needs of their children and themselves. Enter Pope St. John Paul II, who taught that the family is the "domestic church". By this, he meant that families are the building blocks that make up the diocese and, by extension, the overall Church. That said, now is the time when "heads of households" need to step up and become the support our Church needs, by prayerfully asking for God's grace and guidance while setting that as an example for their children to follow.

There are many ways this can be done, but first on the list has to be praying together for the needs of our world. Taking that one step further, have the family gather on Sunday to participate with a televised Mass. Afterward, parents could guide the conversation to the Gospel reading for that day. If you have younger children, it might be a good idea to have them draw the scene that comes to mind while an older sibling reads. Older children could reflect and journal their thoughts and insights. Sometimes, it is also interesting to have the children share any insights they may have gained from the homily.

Another good idea would be to make a family visit to your parish church, on Sunday, and spend some time with the Lord in close proximity to where He the tabernacle.

A family might also pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This is the official prayer of the Church and has its roots in the Psalms. It has been prayed worldwide by clergy and laity alike for many centuries. Its recitation crosses all times zones and has been compared to a stream that runs constantly around our world. In a sense, praying the hours is like joining that stream and becoming part of the flow. These prayers can be found online at

Other options include; the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, a novena, or any of the endless devotions our Church offers. The bottom line being; to keep our families strong through prayer, and trust that God has the present, as well as a much brighter future, in hand.

Written by Deacon John DelQuado







Due to COVID-19, and social distancing requirements, for everyone's safety, classes will not be held on our church site.

Only Sacrament classes will be offered this year.

When parents register their child they will receive a book and some assignments to work with their children to learn about our wonderful faith.

Each month parents and children will meet with Deacon John and review the information that was to be covered in the assignments to prepare them for the sacrament(s) they are preparing to receive.


































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