Parish Subsidy Program for Area Catholic Schools
Holy Family parish has a deeply rooted tradition of commitment to Catholic School Education. For the benefit of our parishioner’s children, Holy Family participates in the Parish Subsidy Support Program covering attendance at any of our three local area Catholic schools:
Bishop McGuinness High School
Our Lady of Mercy
This program enables the children of Holy Family parishioners to attend these schools at a reduced tuition rate. Parents enrolling their children in an area Catholic school under this program need to meet the criteria set forth in the diocesan policy regarding “Participating Parishioner” to be eligible for the reduced Catholic school tuition rate. This policy is set forth on the following page.
Please pay particular attention to the stewardship aspect of this policy with respect “to the family’s commitment of time and talent to the parish.” And also note, “Personal involvement in the parish is a responsibility and expectation of every parishioner who is able to do so, especially those parishioners who are parents of children attending Catholic Schools.”
Holy family’s combined annual assessment to participate in this program for the three schools is approximately $145,000 for the2016/2017 school year or about 12% of our projected Offertory.
The assessment per student is approximately $1,000 for students attending Bishop McGuinness and $1,200 per student for students attending Our Lady of Mercy and St. Leo’s. As the parents of children enrolled in Catholic schools, we urge you to be as generous as your means will allow with your offertory contributions in support of this program that provides a sound Catholic education for your children.
If you meet the criteria as set forth in the diocesan policy below, the Pastor will sign and forward the Parish Participation Voucher you submit, to the school indicated, which certifies that your child or children may enroll for the next school year. You will need to advise the Pastor in writing, if there will be a change in your ability to meet the diocesan eligibility requirements.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
POLICY: DEFINITION OF “PARTICIPATING PARISHIONER” FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR REDUCED CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION
Catholic schools in the diocese of Charlotte may charge a higher rate of tuition for nonparticipating
Catholics and non-Catholics than they do for participating Catholics. The student’s pastor/pastoral administrator determines eligibility for the “participating” Catholic rate
In determining eligibility, the student and/or the student’s family must:
- Be baptized as a Catholic
- Be registered in the parish
- Attend Mass regularly
Additionally; consideration may also be given to the family’s commitment of time and talent to the parish. Personal involvement in the parish is a responsibility and expectation of every parishioner who is able to do so, especially those parishioners who are parents of children attending Catholic schools. If individual parishes require that the parents of children attending Catholic schools participate in parish activities in addition to regular attendance at Mass. These expectations are to be clearly communicated by the pastor/pastoral administrator to the parents.
However, the amount of financial support provided the parish is not to be considered in determining eligibility for the participating Catholic rate. There are significant tax implications when the level of parishioner contributions is linked to tuition reductions/benefits. As such, it is the policy of the Diocese of Charlotte that the amount of financial support provided the parish not be a factor in determining eligibility for the ‘participating’ Catholic rate.
Bishop Peter J. Jugis, Bishop of Charlotte