Religious Education


Start date for Religious Education is the week of October 3, 2021

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.

GENERAL POLICIES

Registration:

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(781-545-3335).

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.

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 during these ever changing times, we will be aligning our program with the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Scituate Public Schools. Based on last week’s announcement by Scituate schools, we will be planning our classes to be onsite with the ability for a hybrid model and a home model as the climate and times call for it. We will work closely with families to ensure all feel comfortable and supported during the Religious Education year. We will be sending more encompassing guidelines in the next few weeks.

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 Religious Education schedule is as follows:

Sundays Grades 3-8: 8:00AM -8:50AM
Sundays Grades 1&2: 10:00AM - 11:10AM (Alternating weeks)
Sundays Grade 9: 5:45PM-6:45PM Weekly (Required Parent/Teen Meeting 10/3 5:45PM)
Sundays Grade 10: 7:00PM-8:00PM Weekly (Required Parent/Teen Meeting 10/3 7:00PM)
Tuesdays Grades 3-8: 4:30PM – 5:30PM Weekly
Wednesdays Grades 3-8: 4:30PM -5:30PM Weekly

You may also register for homeschool (in the drop down in the registration section)

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

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 the parish office at 781-545-3335 with any questions

Confirmation

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. 215 or email [email protected] with questions.

St. Mary of the Nativity Religious Education Program Staff:

Coordinator Grades K-5: To be determined. Contact the Parish Office with any questions regarding registration

Coordinator Grades 6-10: Bridget Dunn

Coordinator of Youth Ministry: Bridget Dunn

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