To understand what constitutes as an active participating parishioner to enroll your child or children, the pastors and the Parish Pastoral Councils have reexamined past policies and want to make clear what this means and what is expected.
1. “A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church.” (Canon 515) Each Catholic family wishing to register their child and receive Parish aid must be registered in either St. Andrew or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.
2. Each Catholic is obliged to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation as stated in Canon Law. “The Most Holy Eucharist is the most August Sacrament, in which Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered and received and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and the source of all Christian worship and life; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the body of Christ.” And “The faithful are to hold the Eucharist in the highest honor, taking part in the celebration of the Most August Sacrifice, receiving the Sacrament devoutly and frequently and worshipping it with supreme adoration; pastors, clarifying the doctrine on this Sacrament, are to instruct the faithful thoroughly about this obligation.” (Canons 897 & 898)
3. The family is to regularly contribute time, talent and treasure to the support of the parish church, using envelopes or some other document to verify regular attendance. Recognizing that some families contribute once a month and some wish to contribute weekly, families are required to place envelopes in each week whether one has contributed once a month or cannot contribute at that time.
4. A family must be registered and contributing at least one (1) year prior to registering a child within the school system. (A family will not assume participating status immediately unless they provide a letter from their former parish stating they were participating members. This status does not supersede an established participating parishioner.)