“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Attendance Policy 2018-2019:
As Catholics, the most important thing we do as a community is participate in Mass each Sunday. Attendance at Mass instructs us, strengthens us in the reception of the Eucharist, and fills us with the joy and mission to take Christ to others in our daily life.
As such, we want to be clear about our Mass attendance policy for 2018-2019: There are 37 Sundays on our calendar from Sept. 16 through May 26. Of these, children need to attend a minimum of 21 masses to advance to the next grade. Attendance at Mass is recorded every Sunday through the use of attendance cards that are available at every Mass. Please remind your child(ren) to hand in the completed card each week at Mass.
We certainly understand that, for various reasons, it may not be possible to attend Mass at Holy Spirit each Sunday. Therefore, we believe this policy is fair and reasonable as it allows for 16 absences to cover health and other family issues. Please know that attendance is recorded for each student. Sadly, in the recent past, a number of families were informed that their child would not advance a grade due to poor attendance at Mass and/or weekly class. If we do not, as adults, stress the importance of attending Mass and class, our children will be ill-prepared to meet their own baptismal mission to spread the Good News during their lives to their own children and other.