Religious Education - Grades K-6

Melissa Harrigan, Director of Religious Education, K-6   mharrigan@saintjoes.com 
Debbie Coyle, Religious Education Coordinator, K-11   dcoyle@saintjoes.com 
Religious Education Office: 781-449-3744

Our Religious Education program is committed to helping the youth of our parish reflect on and deepen their Catholic faith and relationship with God. 

Students acquire knowledge of the teachings, beliefs, and tradition of the Catholic Church through reading and engaging Scripture as well as through opportunities for prayer and reflection. Second grade students prepare for the sacraments of Eucharist (Holy Communion) and Reconciliation (Confession) as part of their religious education program. We also provide sacramental preparation for children in grades three and above who have not yet received First Eucharist and First Reconciliation. Students, with families, are encouraged to participate regularly in weekend Mass to be active in their faith, worship with their community, and practice what they learn and believe. 

Religious education guides children in coming to an intimate relationship with God by means of the head, heart, and hands. Knowledge allows the mind to know God through the intellect and information. The heart allows children to develop this intimate relationship through prayer, experience, reflection, and contemplation. The hands are guided to serve through projects of giving to others and to increase their knowledge and love of God. 

We recognize parents and guardians as the primary educators of faith for children. Our goal is to encourage and support you in this role. Please let us know what we can do for you. 

Project Nazareth 

Students in kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will follow an at home faith formation program developed by the Archdiocese of Boston. The program, called Project Nazareth, focuses on the family as the domestic church and aims to support parents as the primary educators in faith. Weekly toolkits will be emailed home for families to complete together. Each toolkit will have options for younger children and older children. Supplemental activities and events such as an instructional Mass, guided prayer, Stations of the Cross, etc. will be provided by the Religious Education Office.

Additional information on the Project Nazareth program is available via the RCAB Project Nazareth website.  

Sacramental Preparation (Grade 2)

Students in second grade will follow an at home program as preparation to receive First Reconciliation and First Communion. Throughout the year, supplemental activities and events such as a church tour, instruction on the Mass, guided prayer, etc. will be provided by the Religious Education Office.

Grade 2 families not already using Project Nazareth (see above) with other children in their home are encouraged to participate in this weekly program. Project Nazareth will not only supplement your child’s sacramental preparation, but will also help parents strengthen their own faith while supporting their child’s religious education.   

Catechists (Religious Education Teachers)

We have a wonderful and prepared teaching staff of around 60 catechists. There is always a great need for new catechists to volunteer. All lesson plans and a helpful teaching manual are provided to each K-6 catechist. Additional volunteers to serve as substitute teachers, hall monitors and parking lot monitors are always needed and most appreciated. Please call for information on our specific needs and to volunteer. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Tuition

Tuition per student is $100 with a family cap of $300. No student will ever be turned away due to inability to pay tuition. Please let us know if your family is in need of financial assistance.  

Please note: All volunteers at Saint Joseph parish are required by the Archdiocese of Boston to complete the VIRTUS Training session “Protecting God’s Children” as well as a CORI background check and to sign a Code of Conduct form.

 

Religious Education Program

Religious Education Office

 Open: Monday - Thursday                           Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.                         Tel: 781-449-3744

*The Religious Education Office is currently closed, but all staff members may be reached via email. 

Religious Education 2020-2021

Registration for the 2020-2021 Religious Education year is now open! Read more

High School Volunteers

Fulfill Christian/Community Service. If you are interested in helping, please email Mrs. Coyle or Mrs. Harrigan. These hours of service can be put toward Confirmation and high school requirement

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