Religious Education Office: 203-265-6426 x 4 Tracy Sommo Blum, Director
Youth Ministry Office: 203-265-6818 x 5 Corinne Sommo, Youth Minister
Our Religious Education Programs provide a structured approach to Sacramental preparation, knowledge of scripture, prayers, Commandments, and Creed. Family involvement is essential in the teaching of prayers and initiating regular attendance at weekly Mass and the sacraments. Registration takes place from April 15th through June 15th. (Registration after June 15th will incur a late fee.)
Classroom instruction is planned for Grades 1-8 – limited only by how many volunteer Catechists we have and the number of classrooms available to us.
In an attempt to be more family friendly, our new Religious Education schedule will align with our 10:30 a.m. Mass time allowing for our families to attend Religious Education class followed by Sunday’s Mass – with Family Mass and Community Sunday the first Sunday of each month.
Grades 1-4 will meet Sunday mornings at Our Lady of Fatima Religious Education Center. Class time will be 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. This new model will mean limited classroom space (5 classrooms) and limited size classes (15 student maximum). Timely registration will be imperative.
We will incorporate our Grade 5 into our current middle school youth ministry program.
A maximum of 10 students are assigned to each class at the middle school level. Grade 5, 6, 7, & 8 students meet in the Religious Education Center weekly in the evening from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (Grades 5 & 6 on Mondays, Grades 7 & 8 on Tuesdays) Specific courses are selected from the Parent/Student Handbook and indicated on the course selection sheet during registration. The Middle School Classroom program also requires students to participate in a specific large group activity and 8 hours of community service each year.
Individual Family Instruction
This program is available on all grade levels. Students and parents work together at home in a student textbook. IFI students are encouraged to participate in all large group activities. It is the parents’ responsibility to see that textbooks are completed and that the student has an understanding of the material covered. All students are responsible for a prayer review annually. Students in grades 3-8 are also responsible for a written review of the textbook. Supplemental information and assistance is provided by the Religious Education Office upon request.