Religious Education Overview

2020-2021 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM

The mission of Our Lady’s Religious Education Program remains strong and steadfast as always, and especially going forward. That mission is to help our children become faithful disciples of Jesus Christ as members of His Church, to learn their prayers, to learn about the Eucharist and Mass, to learn of God’s Mercy through the Sacrament of Confession, to know right from wrong, to learn about the Ten Commandments, to learn about the Bible, to learn about the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus, to treat themselves and others with kindness and respect, to learn about the angels and saints, to learn all about Our Blessed Mother.….so many other things to help us live as God wants us to live!

We best help our parish youth learn those things with the support and friendship of a common faith community, as parents & teachers of Our Lady’s Religious Education. We will adapt and continue as a community to help our children, and research program models that best serve our needs.

With the intention of on-site Religious Education, please be assured that comprehensive safety, sanitizing protocols and guidelines will be strictly followed, and will replicate those designed for students attending Our Lady’s Academy according to State and Archdiocesan guidelines. Some of our usual activities, procedures and customs may have to be modified or eliminated in order to comply with these protocols and guidelines, as with so many other things right now. A listing of these protocols and guidelines will be forthcoming, as plans are carefully being developed over these summer months. Religious Education is part of the School Reopening Steering Committee since Religious Education is the other parish entity consistently using the building. A calendar for the coming year will also be forthcoming.

Please contact Felicia Forger, CRE at 781-894-3481 x3 or religiouseducation@olca.org if you need anything, have any questions, would simply like to talk, need information about confidential assistance or arrangement with fees, or if you are interested in helping with the program.

May our Blessed Mother keep us in her loving care.

Thank You and Summer Blessings.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OVERVIEW

As our parish life is centered upon celebration of the Eucharist, so is our Religious Education Program. We provide classroom instruction, service projects, field trips, and celebration of the sacraments for youth in grades 1 – 10 in a welcoming, active and caring environment.

Grades 1-8 have class time on Sunday mornings from 10 AM to 11:15 AM, following the 9 AM Mass. First Communion preparation and celebration is integrated into Grade Two curriculum. Classes begin in September and end in May and usually meet at least twice a month, following the secular school calendar. The Sadlier Publishing Program “We Believe” is the catechesis syllabus used for Grades 1- 4. Grades 5 -8 utilize Pflaum Gospel Weeklies “Venture” and “Visions”, which are based on the weekly Gospel readings.

Confirmation Program is a two-year course of study and service for Grades 9 & 10. Also held on Sunday mornings, class time is 9:50 AM to 10:50 AM. Students are expected to attend the 11 AM Mass following class, or attend the 9 AM Sunday Mass or 4 PM Saturday Mass if family members attend that Mass. Students receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring of Grade 10. Dynamic Catholic “Decision Point” provides a relevant, engaging and promising curriculum for this age-group.

Throughout the year, for all the grades, Father DiPerri regularly meets with the students during class time in the Church for Conferences and Adoration. Also, for grades 3 – 8, opportunity for Confession is available by grade during class time. An Advent and a Lenten Penance Service for Confirmation students are also scheduled.  

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Click HERE to register online for the 2020-2021 Religious Ed year.  You can pay online by credit card or check by clicking HERE.

If you prefer to download and print out the Registration Form to fill out and mail with your cash or check payment to the Religious Ed Office, click HERE.  

Please contact Felicia Forger at 781-894-3481 x3 or email religiouseducation@olca.org for confidential payment arrangements or scholarship information, or any other questions.  

 

VOLUNTEERS FOR 2020-2021

Opportunities to volunteer as a teacher/team teacher, classroom or hallway aide, and substitute teacher are available. Many of our volunteers return each year, but spots are open. Religious Education volunteers receive removed or reduced tuition rates for their children in the program. Please contact Felicia Forger at 781-894-3481 x3 or religiouseducation@olca.org on how you can join this essential, rewarding faith-formation ministry for your parish community and for personal enrichment to your own faith-life. 

All volunteers who work with children must attend a “VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children” session once and complete a CORI form yearly. To help you meet the requirement to attend VIRTUS, two sessions will be scheduled at Our Lady's in late August 2020. Other sessions are scheduled in the Archdiocese at various parishes/times. Please visit RCAB.org for a list of those sessions.

FIRST COMMUNION

Grade Two students and other First Communicants of OLCA Religious Education and Our Lady’s Academy will celebrate together First Penance on a Saturday in the Spring at 10 AM in the Church and First Communion at the two parish Masses, 9 AM and 11 AM, typcially the first Sunday in May.

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Sacramental Preparation is for students in Grades Nine and Ten attending public, private and parochial schools. The program consists of classroom instruction and discussion, service to the parish and community, retreat attendance, and written assignment. Students are confirmed in Grade Ten and Confirmation typically is in the Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click to listen to :

1. audio of the Presentation of Candidates at Confirmation 2019 followed by Homily delivered by Bishop Robert Reed.

 

2. audio of Anointing with Chrism with Piano Background.

 

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