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  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd | St. Mary Parish New Haven | Catholic Church

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Atrium) The 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. Normally, children gather in an “atrium,” a room specially prepared for them which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use to ponder the story of Christ and the life of the Church. Contact Us Register First Confession & Holy Communion Children in the Level II atrium (for those aged 6-9) may prepare to make their First Confession and First Holy Communion. Typically, it is expected that children will have been enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception (either in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program or the parish’s traditional religious education program). If you have questions regarding Sacramental Preparation for your child, please contact atrium.stmarys@gmail.com. Catechists & Assistants All atrium catechists are required to attend 100 hours of formation in each level before leading an atrium. The 100 hours provide the foundation for their continuing study of Scripture and the liturgy, learning how to observe the child, and personal prayer.In addition to the catechist, each atrium also has one or more assistants, who play an invaluable role in enabling the atrium to function smoothly and in assuring that each child flourishes. No special training is required to become an atrium assistant; each catechist provides brief training to his or her assistant(s). Any parent, grandparent, high school student, or other parishioner who is interested in assisting in an atrium is invited to please find the contact information at the top of the page. Resources For more information about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, including books that can be excellent resources for anyone whose child is enrolled in an atrium, as well as listings of formation classes for those interested in becoming catechists, visit the . national Catechesis of the Good Shepherd web site 2020 - 2021 Classes This year, to align with Archdiocesan guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols, St. Mary Parish will be offering a “non-in-person” version of its atrium faith formation program for children aged 3-12. The program will consist of the following: ​ Once-monthly half-hour catechist-led Zoom meetings with small groups of all but the youngest children. We will schedule the children's Zoom sessions during our traditional atrium time slots of 4:30- 6:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays. ​ Paper works (and a few involving other materials, such as Sculpy clay) sent home in packets to the children to work on either in preparation for a Zoom session, or to extend and enrich it afterwards ​ A lending program of our actual atrium works, in which each month every family will be able to have an atrium work in their home for their children to work with -- with the works returned and disinfected and rotated to a different family at the end of the month. ​ Parent support via email and one-on-one phone calls from catechists to help families help their children to use the home-based works and materials as fruitfully as possible --plus two or three parent- only Zoom meetings to provide more general guidance, such as tips for setting up a Prayer Corner in one's home.

  • Becoming a Catholic (RCIA) | St. Mary Parish New Haven | Catholic Church

    Becoming a Catholic (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. ​ If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic kindly contact the parish office about our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Who can join RCIA? RCIA is for anyone who is not Catholic but is interested in becoming Catholic or in simply learning more about the Catholic faith. It is also for those who were baptized Catholic but who were not raised Catholic and would now like to participate in the life of the Church and receive the other sacraments. If you were raised Catholic and are desirous of receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, RCIA is not for you. Please see our Confirmation page for information about our Adult Confirmation preparation. What is involved? RCIA participants are asked to: ​ Attend weekly meetings to explore Catholic beliefs and practices, reviewing relevant material beforehand in preparation. Begin attending Mass and developing a life of prayer. Get to know the parish community by participating in the groups, activities and events that interest them. Meet individually with one of the priests several times during the course of the year to update him on their experience of RCIA and their thoughts about joining the Catholic Church. Participate in the various rituals that mark the stages of the RCIA journey, as they become sure of their desire to enter the Church. If already baptized, provide record of such. Choose a Sponsor to accompany and assist you on your journey into the Church. Choose a patron saint. What is a Sponsor? A Sponsor is a Catholic that supports and mentors an RCIA candidate during the course of RCIA. Sponsors therefore should be faithful Catholics who live out the Gospel in their daily lives. Each RCIA candidate chooses his or her sponsor. If a candidate does not know other Catholics the parish is happy to provide a sponsor. Further guidance about choosing a sponsor will be given at the beginning of RCIA. When do classes begin? A big part of RCIA is a weekly Thursday evening meeting from 7:00 - 8:15pm. ​ Classes begin in September on Thursday nights. Special accommodations can be made to those who cannot meet the regular schedule. ​ For more information, please contact the parish staff with your name, phone number and email address. Contact Us Testimonials "Joining the church has been the best part of my life during the past year and RCIA at St. Mary's was a great piece of that experience. Very welcoming and educational!" – Nick 2020 ​ ​“It was truly a journey of faith for me converting from Buddhism to the Catholic faith. My wife who is Catholic, inspired me to become Catholic also. There is so much to learn about the Catholic faith, the Catholic Church and its teachings. Knowing that if I make mistakes in life, the Church will forgive me and it gives me hope for the future. It’s a most comforting feeling to know and to have. I learned something new at each of the weekly meetings. Have to thank Father Kenney and Father Leo for their time, efforts, teaching and comments to help me understand and learn about our Catholic faith and finally to become a member of the Church.” – Shunichi 2020 “RCIA is the rite I didn't know I needed but am ever grateful that I experienced, as it afforded me not only a spiritual but intellectual introduction--or rather re-introduction--to a faith I wouldn't otherwise have had the discipline to cultivate. That I was able to explore doctrine and theology in the company of others who were seeking God in a seemingly secular world made this past year all the more meaningful.” ​– Caitlin 2020

  • Home | St Mary Parish New Haven

    1/4 Read More > Weekly Bulletin Weekly Bulletin Read More > Pastor's Letters Pastor's Letters Event Calendar Event Calendar Get Involved Get Involved New Haven, CT St. Mary Parish Welcome to Visit Us HE IS RISEN Mass & Confession Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11:15AM Confessions St. Mary 12 Noon Daily Mass St. Mary 5:00 PM Daily Mass St. Joseph Tuesday & Thursday 11:15AM Confessions St. Mary 12 Noon Daily Mass St. Mary 5:00 PM Daily Mass St. Mary Saturday 8:00AM Daily Mass St. Joseph 11:15AM Confessions St. Mary 12 Noon Daily Mass St. Mary 4:15PM Confessions St. Joseph 5:00PM Vigil Mass St. Joseph Sunday 9:00 AM Mass St. Joseph 10:00 AM Mass St. Mary 12 Noon Mass St. Mary 5:00 PM Mass St. Mary Eucharistic Adoration Wednesday Thursday St. Joseph Church from 8-9 PM , Holy Hour St. Mary Church immediately following the 12 Noon daily Mass. The Eucharist remains on the altar for silent Adoration all afternoon until Benediction at 4:30 PM. --- ​ Welcome Message from our Pastor Welcome to the Catholic Parish of St. Mary, New Haven, Connecticut! Under the guidance of the Dominicans of the St. Joseph Province, St. Mary Parish combines the sacramental and missionary activities of St. Mary Church and St. Joseph Church. St. Mary Church was one of the first churches in CT and is home to Blessed Fr. Michael J. McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus. St. Joseph Church has been serving the East Rock area since 1900. We invite you to connect with us on social media! As always, we encourage you to in growing your faith and serving others. 'Get Involved' God Bless, Fr. John Paul Walker, OP St. Mary Church Learn More St. Joseph Church Learn More Join the Community BECOME A PARISHIONER If you're new to the New Haven, CT area or have been attending St. Mary Parish for awhile, consider registering as a parishioner Learn More Back to Top Send us your email PARISH UPDATES Subscribe for Parish information > Thanks for submitting! Please leave this field empty. Download MY PARISH APP St. Mary Parish has an App! Daily Mass readings, reminders, news feeds confession guide and Catholic prayers. ​Once downloaded, open it and select St. Mary Parish

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