- What curriculum does The Parish of Saint Mary use for Religious Education?
Little Church Pre-School Program: This is a cooperative program which takes place on Sundays at 10am (during Mass). Our program utilizes Cokesbury's Exploring Faith Preschool Edition to learn about God's love for all His children.
Grades 1 and 2: Loyola- Christ Our Life
Grades 3-6: Online program- Faith and Life
Grades 3-6: Summer Intensive- Christ Our Life
Grade 7 & 8: Dynamic Catholic, Lifeteen, YouCat: Youth Ministry Based Catechesis
- When do children receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Communion)?
First Eucharist is celebrated during a Sunday Mass in Eastertime. Families will select from dates and times, announced ion the Fall, through a lottery system.
To emphasize that they are joining the Church Community, the First Communion ceremony is integrated into the Sunday Mass celebration. Over a two week period in late April/early May, a group of children make their First Communion at a certain weekend Mass. Each child makes a First Communion banner, which is placed at the end of the church pew to reserve it for the family.
- When do children receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation?
First Penance and Reconciliation preparation is a two year process. See First Eucharist Preparation
- When do children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Confirmation Preparation is a two year process beginning in the 7th grade. Please see Fall Program information above for more details.
Children prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in their seventh and eighth grade years, and celebrate the sacrament during their ninth grade year. The exact date of the Confirmation ceremony is determined by the Diocese of Trenton, depending upon the schedule of the Bishop or his emissary. Traditionally, Confirmation atThe Parish of Saint Mary has been held on a late afternoon or early evening in mid to late October. To provide adequate seating for Confirmation candidates, their sponsors, and immediate family members, there may be more than one ceremony each Fall.
- What other information can you give me about Religious Education?
For more information, please view our Student and Parent Handbook.