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CONDUCT
All children are expected to be respectful of themselves, their peers, the Catechists and the facilities. Rarely have we had a problem, but, if necessary, offenses that could result in being asked to leave the program are:
  • Assaulting another person
  • Possession, use or distribution of cigarettes, drugs, alcohol or weapons
  • Possession or circulation of obscene or pornographic materials
  • Theft
  • Intentional mischief or defacing the premises
If a child is disruptive to the group, the Catechist will consult with the Coordinator of Faith Formation. The child will be given a warning. The parent’s help and cooperation will be sought. If the behavior continues, a conference will be requested.
We will use the following process:
  • First: A warning from the Catechist.
  • Second: Private talk with the Coordinator
  • Third: A phone call home by the child/youth to be picked up by the parent. We will arrange a meeting with parents, teachers and coordinator before the child/youth returns.
ATTENDANCE
If your child is unable to attend a session, please call the Parish Office at 651-683-9808. This number will be answered until 7:30 pm.
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PARTICIPANT OBLIGATIONS
  • Bring books and assignments, if any, to your sessions.
  • Be on time.
  • Respect the authority of the Catechist.
  • Respect your peers’ thoughts and feelings.
  • Take an active part in the discussions and various learning activities that are part of the group.
PARENT OBLIGATIONS
The Catholic Community of Saint Thomas Becket’s Faith Formation Program recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children. The catechetical staff is eager to work with parents to help them fulfill this responsibility. We look for your assistance and cooperation in the following ways:
  1. Have children arrive on time.
  2. Familiarize yourself with scheduled session times and faith formation events. The enclosed calendar gives you a complete schedule for the year. Please put it in a prominent place where you can readily refer to it.
  3. Supply us with a primary family e-mail so that we can keep in touch quickly. (If you do not use e-mail, please buddy up with a family who does.) Please inform us if your e-mail address changes.
  4. Read and promptly reply, if needed, to e-mail and other communications coming from the Faith Formation Staff or the Catechists/Leaders.
  5. Volunteer your time.
GENERAL INFORMATION

Permission Slips
An occasion may arise when the children will have the opportunity for a field trip, and a permission slip is needed. We must have the form filled out containing the parent’s signature and returned to us before the child will be permitted to participate. For most events these can be downloaded from our website (www.st.thomasbecket.org
Custody Issues
If parents are divorced or separated, the Faith Formation Program assumes that both parents have access to the child/children unless one parent can provide evidence he or she has sole right.
Abused and Neglected Children
Faith Formation personnel are required by law to conform to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. All staff have a responsibility to study and understand the Minnesota Department of Children and Family Services reporting requirements.
Protecting God’s Children Program Administered Through the Archdiocese
All volunteers are required to go through VIRTUS training, complete a background check, and sign a yearly Code of Conduct as part of the United States Council of Catholic Bishop’s charter “Protecting God’s Children.” Please log on to www.virtus.org to register for training. All catechists must complete VIRTUS before Faith Formation begins.
   Additionally, as part of the requirements of this same charter, faith formation and will be providing mandated safe touch learning. Parents will be given advance notice and invited to attend.
Cancellation Due to Weather
If District 196 (Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan) cancels school and/or evening activities, our programs will also be cancelled. You may call the parish office or log onto the parish web site a www.st.thomasbecket.org for cancellation information.