Directed Study

As with all our options, Directed Study meets the requirements for sacraments and the Registration cost is the same.

Directed Study is a program for parents that would like to home school their children along with partial class instruction.  It is an multi-grade class with grades 1 – 8 meeting in the same space.  The class meets SEVEN  times over the course of the year.  Parent and child come to the classes in Holy Family Chapel. The classes will be led by Anna Mae Parkhill, Director of Catechesis

Directed Study meets once a month on 4 different times/days in Holy Family Chapel (HFC):                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday @ 4:00 pm or Tuesday @ 7:00 pm  OR Thursday @ 4:00 pm or Thursday @ 6:30 pm

Each month you may attend whichever of those four times works best for your family’s schedule. However, if you do NOT attend / miss a particular month’s classes, a Make-Up Assignment is required. See MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENT REQUIREMENTS at the bottom of this page.

Books are distributed on the first class in September. The Series used is Blest Are We by RCL Benziger.


ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET (ACS)  Staple to the top of chapter work – INCLUDE  FIRST AND LAST NAME!

MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENT FORM use this form if your child misses ANY class

See Make-Up Assignment Requirements further below


Beginning at the October class, each child is expected to hand in 3 assignments per class – 8th Grade is the exception, please see 8th Grade Section below. If a class is missed, a Make-Up Assignment is required, please seee the Make-Up Assignment Requirements Section at the bottome of the page.

The following is the required HOMEWORK for ALL Directed Study students:

For EACH CHAPTER – Complete:

        ALL pages, in the chapter, with ANY Activity or Question on them Including the Chapter Review and Faith In Action pages

Staple ALL THE PAGES to the Assignment Cover Sheet (ACS). See above to download the form. Parents please complete and attach.

Please check your child’s work before handing it in assure that they completed the chapter work to the best of their abilities AND that the work will not be returned as incomplete.

You will be contacted if you are missing homework assignments.


Any child that is registered in the Directed Study program and is in 2nd Grade or 8th Grade for Catechesis will be participating in all aspects of making Reconciliation/Communion and Confirmation respectively.

Grade 2

Beginning in late September you can go to the Sacramental Page of our website for information on dates/times for Parent Meetings, Reconciliation & Communion.

Grade 8  Please read carefully for requirements for Confirmation

Beginning in late September you can go to the Sacramental Page of our website for information on dates/times for Parent Meeting & Confirmation.

In order to participate in Confirmation, eighth graders MUST have the following completed:

Seventeen (17) Chapters of work handed in (see above “required Homework” for detailed explanation) by the January class.

Saint Paper is due by November class.  Eighth graders are required to complete a Saint Research Form and complete a Saint Paper using the research form.  Please see link below. 

Saint Paper – 8th Grade Required-Due at November’s Class

ALL 8th Grade Service must be completed by December class.

8th graders do not come to class after Confirmation so they need to complete all assignments by their last class. They should hand in the following numbers of Chapter work each month:

  • October – 4 chapters
  • November – 4 chapters – Saint Paper is due this month!
  • December – 4 chapters – ALL Service is all due this month!
  • January – 5 chapters

As with all the 8th graders, they will have their Confirmation interviews in the Upper Grade Center prior to making their Confirmation – the date will be noted at the Confirmation Parent meeting as well as on the Class Dates Schedule for Directed Study.


6th, 7th & 8th graders in all programs are required to perform service.  Please see the Service link for more information. Service forms are usually available at each class and you can download them from the Service link. You may hand them in, along with your homework, at any class.


Your children should hand in individual work, even if you work as a family.  You may also join with another family and team-teach the children.  However, again, each child in the group must turn in his/her own work.


At each class, Homework and Service Forms are handed in and Attendance is taken.

Because the classes meet so few times of the year, attendance is very important. That is why classes are offered 4 different times each month. However, if your child does miss a class, there is mandatory make-up assignment.  


If your child misses a class, Complete an additional chapter of work. Attach this additional chapter to the Make-Up Assignment Form (see download at the top of this page)

  • If your child misses more than two Directed Study Classes, please contact the Office for instruction.