Religious Education - Grades 7-11

Michael Lescault, Ph.D., Director of Religious Education, 7-11
Debbie Coyle, Religious Education Coordinator, K-11   dcoyle@saintjoes.com  

Religious Education Office: 781-449-3744 

The Religious Education program for grades 7 through 11 focuses on providing the adolescent and young adult members of our parish with a deeper and more mature understanding and experience of our Catholic faith. 
 
The curriculum is intended to invite students to develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church, culminating in their celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation, representing their full initiation into the life of the Trinity and the faith community. 
 
Grade Seven focuses on Christology, the meaning and message of Jesus Christ for the Church, the world, and each of us personally. 
 
Grade Eight provides the student with an overview of the essential elements of Catholic faith. The creed, the prayer and worship of the faith community, especially the sacraments, as well as personal prayer, and Christian morality are studied.
 
Grade Nine begins with the celebration of Mass, which is followed by a shared meal. Each month a different presentation, including speakers, films, and activities - explores the Gospel message, with time for discussion and reflection.


Grade Ten is devoted to preparing students for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation through the “Chosen” program by Ascension Press. In addition to class work, students participate in monthly liturgies, and service projects. These components are intended to prepare students to take their place as full and responsible members of our faith community.  

Grade Eleven students participate in a retreat, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation and attend a Confirmation rehearsal. Confirmation is usually celebrated mid to late October. 

Class Schedule

Grades 7and 8 classes meet weekly on Sunday or Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  Grades 7 & 8 begin on September 16, 2018 and will end on April 8, 2019.

Grade 9 classes meet on Sundays once a month. Mass begins at 5:00 pm and the evening concludes by 7:30 PM. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before Mass, and sit with their facilitator.  Grade 9 begins on September 16, 2018 and will end on April 7, 2019.

Confirmation classes for Grade 10 are offered on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30PM. Grade 10 students are also expected to be at the monthly youth Masses and sit with their facilitator. Class schedules are distributed at the Parent/Student Meeting, to be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:00PM in the lower church. At that time there will be an overview of the “Chosen” Program and of the Confirmation requirements.  

Catechists/Facilitators  (Religious Education Teachers / Discussion Leaders)

We have a wonderful and prepared teaching staff of 20 catechists/ facilitators. We always have openings at the beginning of each school year and are in need of volunteers to teach Religious Education. For information about our specific needs and how to volunteer please call Debbie Coyle, Administrative Assistant at 781-449-3744 or leave a message for Michael Lescault. We look forward to hearing from you.

Enrollment

Our student enrollment reaches over 800 students in grades K-11. Knowing that life is very busy, it is important to register for class early in order to obtain your first choice class assignment.  To enroll your child in Religious Education, please print and complete the Religious Education Registration Form (PDF) and return to the Religious Education Office, 1382 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492, Attention: Debbie Coyle.

Tuition

For registrations received prior to June 1, tuition per student is $70.00 with a family cap of $230.00. Registrations received from June 1 onward, tuition is $80.00 per student with a family cap of $250.00. Financial assistance is available.  

 

Religious Education Program

Religious Education Office

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

Religious Education 2018-2019

Registration for the 2018-2019 Religious Education school year will begin on March 25. Read more

High School Volunteers

Fulfill Christian/Community Service. If you are interested in helping as a classroom teacher or assistant, please call the office at 781-449-3744. These hours of service can be put toward Confirmation and high school requirements.

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