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PARISH SCHOOL OF RELIGION

2020-2021 HYBRID CALENDAR

With a great deal of attention being paid to how the new school year will begin, with each district assessing their space, their enrollment size, their teaching staff, and how to best welcome students back into their buildings for instruction, we have likewise felt the need to make necessary changes to our PSR program as well. As such, due to the continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a “hybrid Schedule" for the 2020-2021catechetical year. For the first semester (September-December 2020), we will have monitored home-schooling, where weekly chapters will be done at home, and then, when completed, forwarded via email to the catechist (by taking screen shots of each page). Each class will meet every fourth week in Holy Family Hall for in person instruction and a review of the material covered over the previous three weeks. Due to the smaller class size, the kindergarten class will still meet in their room in the PSR bldg..We will re-evaluate this model of instruction in early November to make necessary plans for the second semester (January-April 2021). The work must be completed each week and participation in the “in class” sessions is mandatory. Please mark your calendar with the following in class session dates for your child / children. More information will be mailed out in the coming weeks. Thank you, and please continue to remain safe. 

All students and parents will meet on September 13, 2020 in Holy Family Hall for the Introduction to the PSR year. Grades
K-4 will meet at 1:00pm; grades 5-8 will meet at 3:00pm.

Kindergarten and Grades 1&2 in person sessions from 9:15-10:45 on the following dates (K in PSR bldg.., 1&2 in the Hall

September 20, 2020; October 25, 2020; November 22, 2020

Grades 3&4 in person sessions from 9:15-10:45 on the following dates in Holy Family Hall

September 27, 2020; November 1, 2020; December 6, 2020

Grades 5&6 in person sessions from 9:15-10:45 on the following dates in Holy Family Hall

October 4, 2020; November 8, 2020; December 13, 2020

Grades 7&8 in person sessions from 9:15-10:45 on the following dates in Holy Family Hall

October 11, 2020; November 15, 2020; December 20, 2020

Second Semester Schedule as for now resumes on January 3, 2021 and concludes on March 28, 2021 (Palm Sunday)

Students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
in 2021 – the initial session for the fall is scheduled for October
25, 2020 from 2:00-3:30pm in Holy Family Hall. No date has
been determined as of now for the Confirmation retreat in the
winter of 2021.

Students preparing for First Reconciliation & First Eucharist,
the initial session to prepare for Reconciliation is scheduled for
November 15, 2020 from 2:00-3:30pm in Holy Family Hall.
The celebration of First Reconciliation is tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00pm at Mount Carmel.
First Eucharist is scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the
11:00am Mass.

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PSR Online Student Absence Form

If you need to report your student absent during the PSR school year, please click this link: tinyurl.com/1920olmcpsrab. Fill out and submit the absence form. Please note: Students must participate in at least 75% of the class sessions to advance to the next grade level. Attendance at Sunday Mass is also required for full participation in the PSR program. Sign in sheets will be in the front entrance of the Church.

Online PSR Medical Authorization Form

Please fill out a PSR medical authorization form for each student. Type tinyurl.com/1920olmcpsrmed in your browser’s search bar. Fill out and submit the form. 

Other PSR Communications

Our email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will be our main method of communication for PSR and all future emails will come from that address. In the unlikely event that class would be cancelled due to severe weather, an email will go out to the primary email address you provided on the registration form.

PSR (Formerly CCD)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School of Religion or PSR (formerly known as CCD, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) is provided for those children of our faith community who are unable to attend a Catholic school for grades Kindergarten – Grade 8.

Our program is held in the Education Center, Sunday mornings, 9:15 am -10:45 am, September-April. Volunteers are always needed. For any questions about the PSR’s program please contact the Office at (330) 652-5825.

First Reconciliation / First Eucharist Policy

Children in the Diocese of Youngstown celebrate the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist in the second grade. TWO FULL years of instruction are required to the reception of these sacraments. Parents and Guardians must be active parishioners.

Confirmation Policy

Grade Eight will be the normal age of reception. Students attending the eighth grade will have been in a suitably instructed catechetical learning environment prior to grades one thru seven and including grade eight. Parents and Guardians must beactive parishioners.