Religious Education

Our Mission

Our Main Goal:

To teach as Jesus taught and to give those we teach the opportunity to truly know Jesus Christ and His Church.

Our teachers are volunteers from the parish who are commited and excited to share their faith with the children and teens. We desire to aid our families in any way possible.

Through our classes we hope:

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To bring every student closer to Jesus

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To guide our students in the formation of values and a moral code in harmony with our Catholic Christian heritage

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To pass along the rich tradition of the Catholic faith

Our Partnership with Parents:

All Baptism ceremonies end with a prayer of blessing for parents which contains these words:

"… they [the parents] will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith. May they always be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus our Lord."

St. Theresa Parish supports parents as the primary educators of their children and takes seriously the obligation to assist them in the faith formation of their young children and teens. The formation they receive from our program supplements what they see and do within the family. Both dimensions of religious education- family life and parish program of instruction- will be with them forever. It is our hope that we at the parish can assist our families as best we can.

Our Parish Program:

Our Program has weekly religious education classes for Grades 1-10 including sacramental preparation classes. Scroll down for more information on each Grade.

 

Grade 1-6 Program

Grades 1-2: First Penance and First Communion

Grades 1-2 Religious Education program is dedicated to preparing the children for their reception of First Penance and First Communion.

Reminder: This is a two year program. All those desiring to receive these sacraments in Grade 2 must register at the beginning of Grade 1.

First Penance is typically at the end of November and First Communion is typically at the beginning of May in our parish.

Children who do not attend Catholic Schools will attend weekly class for two years (Grade 1 & 2). In Grade 2, the children who do attend Catholic schools will join us for a few weeks of preparation classes before each sacrament. 

Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10-11 AM at St. Theresa School.

Grades 3-6:

Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10-11 AM at St. Theresa School.

Topics for each Grade:

Grade 3 ---

The Church: how we are a community of believers, how Jesus established the Church and is at work in the Church today especially through the sacraments and how we are universal and called to serve the world.

Grade 4 ---

God's Law: how we were created for a relationship with God and happiness with Him, how we can live following God in our daily lives especially through following the Commandments and Jesus' call to love our neighbor.

Grade 5 ---

Sacraments: how Jesus gave us the 7 sacraments, how Jesus is still at work in the Church through the sacraments and the importance as well as what happens at each sacrament.

Grade 6 ---

Old Testament: how God created us and has revealed Himself to us over history, how God has always remained faithful to His people and created covenants with them and how God fulfilled His Promise in sending His only Son, Jesus Christ.

2017-2018 School Year:

For Grade 1, 3-6: Sunday, September 10 -- Sunday, April 8
For Grade 2: Sunday, September 10 -- Sunday, May 6

 

Important Dates:  
Sunday, September 10, 2017--- 10-11 AM: Registration, Parent Meeting and First Class
Monday, November 20, 2017 ----- First Penance
Saturday, May 5, 2018 --------------

First Communion

Schedule:

Grade 1-6 Schedule

Registration & Payment:

1. Registration

Option #1: Register your child online.

For Grades 1-6 online registration: CLICK HERE

Option #2: Fill out a hardcopy of the Registration Form and drop off or mail to the rectory office. 

For a printable copy of the Registration Form: CLICK HERE

Mail to:
10 St. Theresa Ave
Religious Education

West Roxbury, MA 02132

*If you have multiple children you are registering, please fill out a separate form for each child but you can pay the registration fees for all children Grade 1-10 together as one amount.

2. Payment

*Online Payment is currently unavailable for the next few weeks due to a payment system transition.

Only current OPTION: Mail or drop off your payment (cash or check) at the rectory office. Make checks out to St. Theresa Parish.

Check/Cash Registration Fees:

Grade 1 Public School $55
Grade 2 Catholic School $30
Grade 2 Public School $55
Grade 3-6 Public School $55

 

For help or questions, contact the Grade 1-6 Coordinator Sr Marie-Julie Seguin at ccd.sttheresa@gmail.com

 

Grade 7-10 Program

Grade 7-8:

Classes meet from 7-8 PM on Tuesday evenings at St. Theresa School.

Grade 7 & 8 use a curriculum based on the Sunday Gospel of each week. They will learn about their Catholic faith by studying scripture and different topics based on the liturgical calendar. We will also continue to learn more about prayer and their relationship with God.

Grade 9-10:

Grade 9-10 Religious Education Program is focused on preparing our teens for the sacrament of Confirmation and giving them more opportunites to contiue growing closer to Jesus Christ.

Reminder: Confirmation preparation at St. Theresa’s, as in other parishes, is a two-year program that begins in Grade 9.

During the first year, Grade 9 Public school students attend weekly classes on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 PM, while Grade 9 Catholic school students join us just for a series of three special presentations throughout the year on Tuesday evenings as well as a retreat day.

During the second year, Grade 10 public school students again attend weekly classes on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 PM, while Grade 10 Catholic school students join us on Tuesday nights for preparation classes a few months before Confirmation.

Classes meet from 7-8 PM on Tuesday evenings at St. Theresa School.

Confirmation is typically at the end of April in our parish.

2017-2018 School Year:

For Grade 7-8: Tuesday, September 19 -- Tuesday, April 10
For Grade 9 (Public School): Tuesday, September 19 -- Tuesday, April 10
For Grade 10 (Public School): Tuesday, October 10--Tuesday, April 24 (Confirmation Night)

* For Catholic School Grade 9-10 Students, check calendars below for your specific dates.

Confirmation 2018: Tuesday, April 24th at 7:30 PM

Schedules:

Grade 7 & 8 Schedule

Grade 9 Schedule

Grade 10 Schedule

Registration & Payment:

1. Registration

Option #1: Register your child online.

For Grade 7-10 online registration: CLICK HERE

Option #2: Fill out a hardcopy of the Registration Form and drop off or mail to the rectory office.

For a printable copy of the Registration Form: CLICK HERE

Mail to:
10 St. Theresa Ave
Religious Education

West Roxbury, MA 02132

*If you have multiple children you are registering, please fill out a separate form for each child but you can pay the registration fee for all children Grade 1-10 together.

2. Payment

*Online Payment is currently unavailable for the next few weeks due to a payment system transition.

Only current OPTION: Mail or drop off your payment (cash or check) at the rectory office. Make checks out to St. Theresa Parish.

Cash/Check Registration Fees:

Grade 7-8 Public School $55
Grade 9 Catholic School $30
Grade 9 Public School $55
Grade 10 All Students $80

 

For help or questions, contact the Grade 7-10 Coordinator Ellen Klein at eklein001@gmail.com or 617-469-2898 X-128

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

 


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