Religious Education Program for Children

Religious Education Program Registrations

We are happy to announce that registration for all Religious Education classes for children and adults and all the Religious Sacramental Preparation Programs has begun. This includes the process for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA process follows the ancient practice of the Church and was restored by the Second Vatican Council as the normal way adults prepare for baptism as well as the adapted process for children and the youth.  RCIA is applied to all unbaptized persons 7 years of age or more who have never been baptized and who need a process to help them grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call.  They are considered catechumens. Also for the Baptized but uncatechized person who is 13 yrs of age or older who will prepare to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and Eucharist.

We are also registering for First Communion, Confirmation for teens and Adults as well as Post Communion children in grades 2 through 8 who have received their first communion but continue to be catechized in their Catholic faith.

In addition, this year we are providing Adult Faith Formation classes for parents as part of the Religious Education Sacramental Program.  We realized that many parishioners were also interested in taking classes for Adult Faith Formation so we have opened up the classes to all parishioners who are interested in learning more and continue to grow in their faith. 

We of course will continue to apply and follow all recommendations from the Archdiocese and Governor Baker regarding social distancing in order to assure a healthy and safe new year of Religious Education.

Religious Education/ Catechesis

Schedule of First Day of Classes/ Parent Meeting

RCIA (Adults)
Sunday, September 26th, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. (Room 104 - School)

RCIA (Years 1, 2 and 3)
Sunday, September 19th, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. (Gym)

Communion (Years 1 and 2)
Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. (Gym)

Post-Communion
Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Gym)

Confirmation (Years 1 and 2)
Sunday, September 26th, 2020 at 11:00am (Parents' Room - entrance through the door of the gym which is on the side of the parking lot)

Confirmation (Adults)
(TBA)

Should you have any questions please call Ana Cardenas, Director of Religious Education, at 978-685-1111 ext. 30.

A Prayer for Catechists
O God our Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of these catechists to be heralds of the Gospel to our parish family.
We lift them up to you in thanksgiving and intercede for them concerning their hopes and needs.
May we be attentive to the presence of your Word in them, a Word that lifts up and affirms, calls forth and challenges, is compassionate and consoles.
We pray that our parish family will always be blessed with those who have responded to the call to share in Christ’s prophetic mission as catechists. May we, too, be open to the universal call to service that Christ addresses to all of his disciples, contributing our gifts to the communion of faith, the Church.  We ask this in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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