Religious Education

The Mission of our Parish Religious Education Program is to consistently extend Jesus’ invitation to discipleship and to provide our children with age appropriate catechesis guided by a biblical faith, the teaching of the Catholic Church, and a clear vision of the Gospel.

This is accomplished by:

Fostering family involvement

Building upon children’s life experiences

  • Developing personal spirituality
  • Involvement in liturgical celebrations and prayer
  • Encouraging religious literacy & moral development
  • Experiencing faith in a spirit of joy

St. Mary’s Parish Religious Education Program is built on these beliefs:

  • Parents are the first and foremost primary teachers of the Catholic faith. Through the parents, the faith is first handed on.
  • The parish is called upon to support and extend the parents’ role.
  • The parish Religious Education Program connects the home to the parish, family life to parish life, and family gatherings to parish gatherings.



Families must be registered parishioners of St. Mary’s to register in the Religious Education Program. Parish registration forms are available at the rear of the Church, on this website, at the Parish Offices or at the Religious Education Office.

Documentation of baptism is required for all new children to the program. If your child was not baptized at  St. Mary’s or St. Frances X. Cabrini  (which is now closed, but we do house their sacramental records), please include a copy of your child’s baptism certificate with your registration. Those children baptized at St. Mary’s or St. Frances do not need to submit a baptismal certificate.

All classes meet in the Parish Center.

In order for us to keep a current listing of students who attend our Religious Education Program, we ask each family to re-register their child/children each year. If we do not receive a re-enrollment form, we will assume your child is no longer attending our program.

In an effort to meet the needs of our families and the change of the school times, we have adjusted our class schedule for this upcoming year. As always, volunteers are essential to our Religious Education program. Please look over the scheduled class times and see if God is calling you to help in this important work of faith formation for our children.

The NEW Religious Education schedule is as follows:

SUNDAYS Grades 3 through 8 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Grades 1 and 2 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM (Alternating weeks)
Grade 9 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Grade 10 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Grades 3 through 8 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Grades 3 through 5 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Grades 6 through 8 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


All students registered in the program are expected to attend classes as scheduled.

Absence from class requires a telephone call to the Parish Center.

Advancement to the next grade level depends on attendance at the current grade level.

All students are expected to behave in an exemplary manner while participating in the program.


Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion

The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are celebrated at the completion of Grade 2. Registration for Grade 2 requires attendance in a Parish program (St. Mary’s or another parish) for the previous year.  This is a two year preparation program.

Please contact Jane Kuklis at 781-545-3335 ext 212 or email with questions.


Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program. Enrollment in the Grade 9 program is upon previous Religious Education attendance.

PLEASE NOTE:  All 9th and 10th grade students attending private, Catholic high school must register in the Confirmation program. All 9th and 10th grade candidates must attend all scheduled speakers and class times….this includes Catholic High School students.

Please contact Bridget Dunn at 781-545-3335 ext 212 or email with questions.


Dear Families,

We are looking forward to seeing your children in the parish center when classes begin on Monday and Tuesday, September 23rd and 24th.

Safety is always at the forefront of our minds at dismissal time but even more so this year. This year we will have close to 100 students in grades 3-8 being dismissed and arriving about the same time. While this will be a bit of a challenge for everyone, it will be totally new to the 3rd graders. For this reason and to ensure a smooth dismissal, we are asking you to please review and follow the dismissal process outlined below.

  • All students are to be picked up at the parish center in the parking lot area.
  • Students will be standing under the parish center’s portico (facing the parking lot).
  • Vehicles are to enter from the driveway on Kent Street
  • All vehicles are to pull up in front of the portico; we will try to load three cars at a time.
  • Teachers and students will watch for your car and load only at that spot.
  • Please refrain from entering the parking lot from Edward Foster Road, as this will be the primary exit for cars.
  • If you plan on picking up your child outside of your vehicle, you must walk to Dianne, Debra or a teacher so that we know the student is leaving with a responsible adult.
  • Please use the sidewalk when you leave your car.
  • No student will be allowed to walk independently to a car.
  • If your student is walking home, please provide a written note in advance so we know parental approval has been given for this.

With your cooperation everything will flow smoothly. Please help us guide the children safely to your vehicles.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office (781) 545-3335

Thank you,
Dianne Duffin (Grades 6, 7 and 8)
Debra Moxie (Grades 3, 4, and 5)
Coordinators of Religious Education

St. Mary of the Nativity Religious Education Program Staff:

Director, Grades 1 thru 10: Jane Kuklis
Administrative Assistant: Julie Burgess
Director, Grades 1 and 2: Jane Kuklis
Coordinator Grades 3 thru 6: Debra Moxie
Coordinator Grades 7 and 8: Dianne Duffin
Coordinator Grades 9 and 10: Bridget Dunn
Coordinator Sun AM: Bridget Dunn