Parish School of Religion (PSR)


 The Parish School of Religion at Christ the Servant is designed for students in grades K-8 and their families.  The program officially begins this year at Christ the Servant* on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 and will extend through mid May.  There are some adjustments to the previous years' program described further down on the page.

Deadline to register is Sunday, September 15th.
Contact Elise or the parish office (330-492-0757) if you need help registering or have questions.
eschafer@youngstowndiocese.org/330-714-9087

PSR Registration

All registration for the PSR program is completed online. Families may register (and pay) by clicking the links on this page.  If your preference is to pay by cash or check label an envelope clearly with "PSR registration fee for ...(student(s) name(s))  and place it in the collection basket at Mass or bring/mail it to the parish office at 833 39th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44709.  

Online Payment

Cost of registration per family:
1 Student=$75
2 Students =$100
3 or more Students = $125

Any parent that completes the Virtus training/background check and volunteers in some capacity will receive $40 discount off of PSR or "Y" registration for their child(ren).  Per the updated Diocesan Child Protection Policy the BCI fingerprinting must be completed every 5 years.  Those who completed the training prior to 2015 will need to submit a current background check and may need to retake the in-service.

2019-2020 PSR Calendar
 

Those who register for PSR participate in 3 main components:

I.) Regular Sessions: meet on Sunday mornings from 10:10-10:55am*. This change in time makes it possible for families to attend whichever Mass time they choose.  

II.) Mass & More:  On a monthly basis families will attend the 9am Mass together and continue the celebration with a mini retreat and meal from approximately 10am-1pm in Seton Hall or the Gym. There will be faith sharing and witnesses from people in our community and beyond,separate opportunities for adult and child education, as well as, projects and prayers for all ages.  Members of the parish and/or school are welcome to attend as well.

III.) Outreach:  A variety of service opportunities and "extension activities" will be made available throughout the year.  These experiences will "put feet on our faith" and further develop what it means to "be church" beyond the walls of the building.  The first outreach opportunity is the Faith Family Festival to be held at Walsh University on *Sunday, September 22nd.  Adult volunteers are needed to help at the youth activities.  Please contact Elise (eschafer@youngstowndiocese.org) to sign-up.


"Y"
We will be holding youth gatherings for students in grades 8-12 on the last Sunday of every month (*except February 2020 where we will meet on Saturday) from 6:00-8:00 pm. Register for the year by filling out this form. 8th graders are still required to participate in the Parish School of Religion but are welcome to attend "Y" as they begin the transition to high school. Cost is $40 for the year for those in grades 9-12.  Students may bring a guest, Catholic or non-Catholic, confirmed or not at no additional charge. "Y" not join an investigation of faith and truth to serve as a guide to life's big questions? Contact (email, call or text) Drew Sarachman (acsarachman@gmail.com/330-518-4313  or Elise Schafer (eschafer@youngstowndiocese.org/330-714-9087).
 
Shake and Rake permission form
  
Sacraments
Baptism is the door to all the sacraments.  Contact the parish office (330-492-0757) to learn more about Baptism for ALL ages.  Even children who are not yet baptized may participate in the Parish School of Religion

Students preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation are to be enrolled in a Catholic School or the Parish School of Religion for two years leading up to the sacrament.  Generally speaking, 1st Reconciliation and Communion happen in a student's 2nd grade year so they should be enrolled no later than their 1st grade year.  1st Reconciliation will take place in early December and 1st Communion in late April or early May of 2020.

Confirmation age for the Diocese of Youngstown is 8th grade.  Christ the Servant has switched to an every other year Confirmation schedule, consequently those who are entering the 7th and 8th grade year this fall will be confirmed together in the spring of 2021.  These ages and grades are guidelines and we are happy to work with children and families wherever they may be in their journey of faith as we all grow deeper in our relationship with God and one another.

**A list of additional meeting/retreat dates that are part of sacramental preparation will be distributed at the 1st Mass & More on Sunday, October 6th.

 The purpose of the parish school of religion is to provide opportunities for children ages 5-15 to recognize and respond to God’s revelation through the four signs of catechesis:

• Biblical signs: study of scripture as God’s presence in the past and continuing revelation in today’s world
• Liturgical signs: study of the Church year, sacraments, prayer and liturgy
• Ecclesial signs: study of the doctrine and creed of the Church as it witnesses God’s love through worship and service to those in need
• Natural signs: the mystery of God’s saving power and love as revealed through creation, family and community, stewardship, the arts, science and technology
The parish school of religion follows the guidelines set forth by the diocese as outlined in the Directory for Catechesis and the Curriculum for Catechesis. The Directory sets guidelines for:
• Approved texts
• Number of hours required per year (36hrs)
• Child protection guidelines
• A sequential guideline for topics to be taught each year