Faith Formation and RCIA
Religious Formation for Children and Adults
Religious Education classes for all ages, including adults are held once a week during the year from September through May. For more information contact the priory (203) 562-6193.
Religious Education Programs for First Confession, First Communion, and Confirmation
Traditional Religious Education Program
Our program offers instruction for children from Grade 1 through Confirmation in the high-school years. Following the teachings of the Catholic Church, it offers a curriculum that draws upon the “Faith and Life” series published by Ignatius Press, as well as other materials, especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible. Classes are held on a weekday evening in the Parish Hall beginning in early fall and ending at Pentecost. The program also includes various liturgical and social events.
For more information, or to receive a registration form, contact the parish secretary.
To enroll in St. Mary's religious education program, please visit the CCD Religious Education page.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Religious Formation Program
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a highly acclaimed approach to the religious formation of children, rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an “atrium,” a room prepared for them which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use to ponder the story of Christ and the life of the Church. Elements of the Mass, a topographical map of the Land of Israel and a timeline for the History of the Kingdom of God are just a few of the experiences the children encounter in an atrium that serves children ages 3 to 6, 6 to 9, and 9 to 12. For more information, or to receive a registration form, contact the parish secretary.
For more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, see the program's homepage: http://www.cgsusa.org/
To enroll in St. Mary's Catechesis of the Good Shepherd / Atrium religious education program, please visit the Atrium page.
First Confession & First Holy Communion
Confession and first Communion preparation is open to children of all ages; however, typically for children in first and second grades. Children are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception as a norm. For example, if a child is to celebrate the Eucharist in second grade they are to be enrolled in first grade the year prior. For more information, or to receive a registration form, contact the parish secretary.
Students in the ninth and tenth grades attend the two-year Confirmation program. Candidates are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception as a norm. For more information, contact the parish secretary.
Thinking of Becoming Roman Catholic? Participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
You are invited to find out more about the Roman Catholic Church by participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA provides doctrinal and spiritual formation for those desiring to enter the Catholic Church. Through prayer, study, and discipleship, it allows each person to learn more about their journey of faith and leads to full participation in the Roman Catholic Church through the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter. For more information contact our Pastor at (203) 562-6193, Ext. 247 (Rev. Joseph P. Allen, OP).