OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
May 19, 2020
This Message Come From The Office of Religious Education
for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Good morning Catechetical Leaders of A Deanery. I have been receiving questions from Parish Catechetical Leaders and parents regarding resuming ‘in-person’ Faith Formation or Sacramental Preparation Classes.
At this time, the Church may only gather for Liturgy based on the Governor’s health order and Archbishop Wester’s directive and only at 25% of capacity. No in-person faith formation classes are currently allowed. This directive will remain in effect until such time as Archbishop Wester, following the Governor’s health order, changes it.
I have also heard that some parishes wish to resume Sacramental Formation with “mandatory” class attendance. As a member of the Advisory Council for Religious Education commented recently, “Compassion and empathy are what is most needed at this time!” It would be against Archbishop Wester’s directive to mandate attendance in catechetical/sacramental preparation classes at this time. As for the near future, guidance will be sent to your pastors. That being said, however, parents have the right to protect their children and may so choose to keep them from public gatherings, even formation classes, without the penalty of the child being refused the reception of the Sacrament they are preparing for.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this information.
God bless you and keep you and yours safe and well.
SM Edna Pearl Esquibel
Director of Religious Education
Archdiocese of Santa Fe