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Religious Education

ST. MARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
2016 -2017 

ST. MARY RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

UPDATE OCTOBER 2ND 2016:

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS - Religious education classes in our parish HAVE BEGUN. If you are new to the parish, or if you have not yet enrolled your children, or if your child attends a parochial school and you wish them to receive First Communion or Confirmation here, enrollment forms are available at the Religious Education Office and at the rear of both St. Anthony and St. Mary Churches (PLEASE NOTE: white registration forms are for registration for St. Anthony classes, and yellow registration forms are for registration for classes at St. Mary – please choose the form for the parish you wish your children to attend.) Fees this year are: $60 for the first child; $50 for the second child ($125 maximum for a family); a sacramental fee of $40 for children who will receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation; and a $17 book fee for children in grades 1 thru 6.

We also have Kindergarten classes at St. Anthony, and hope you will consider enrolling your Kindergarten children as well. This is a wonderful way to introduce learning about Jesus and faith to the little ones when they are open and eager at a time when they “learn everything they need to know in life.”

PLEASE NOTE: There are some startup requirements for students preparing to receive a sacrament. Please go to the CCD Office during a scheduled Sunday morning class time; email: dvaira@comcast.net; or call 978- 772-7474 for more information as soon as possible. After October 12, it will be too late to enroll in the Confirmation Class this year.

In case there is inclement weather on a Sunday morning, please call 978-772-7474, where a recorded message will tell you whether there is class or not, but please call after 7:00 am. And, if you have questions or concerns at any time please call the 978-772-7474 number as well.

Posting - September 2016:

Religious education classes in our parish will begin on September 11, 2016.   IMPORTANT STARTUP dates and meeting times are listed below, and can be found on the parish website:  www.stmarysayer.org. Registration statements will be mailed to those who had children enrolled in the program last year; please COMPLETE them and RETURN them promptly to  officially register children for the coming year.  (NOTE:  The grade(s) are printed next to your child’s name.)   If you have additional children you would like to enroll, please add their name(s) and the grade they are entering in school under the names of your children who were in the program last year, and cross out the names of any children who will not be returning this year.   PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM AND MAIL IT TO St. Mary Parish, 31 Shirley Street, Ayer, MA 01432, OR DROP THEM OFF AT THE PARISH HOUSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .  Indicate when you will pay the fees on the document you return as well.   CHILDREN ARE NOT CONSIDERED REGISTERED TILL WE RECEIVE THE FORM.

If you are new to the parish, or if you have not yet enrolled your children, or if your child attends a parochial school and you wish them to receive First Communion or  Confirmation here, enrollment forms are available at the Religious Education Office and at the rear of both St. Anthony and St. Mary Churches (PLEASE NOTE: white registration forms are for registration for St. Anthony classes, and yellow registration forms are for registration for classes at  St. Mary  – please choose the form for the parish you wish your children to attend.)  Fees this year are:  $60 for the first child; $50 for the second child ($125 maximum for a family); a sacramental fee of $40 for children who will receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion, or Confirmation; and a $17 book fee for children in grades 1 thru 6.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL PARENTS, SPONSORS, and CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES must attend one of two meetings scheduled regarding CONFIRMATION.  First Communion Parents’ must attend a REGISTRATION MEETING at St. Mary Parish Hall,  and one of two scheduled REQUIRED FIRST RECONCILIATION (and later one of two FIRST COMMUNION) PARENTS’ MEETINGS if your child will be receiving First Communion this year.  You may attend these meetings at either St. Anthony or St. Mary Parish.  Please see the schedule below for dates and times.

We also have Kindergarten classes at St. Anthony, for those who are interested in  enrolling your Kindergarten children as well.  This is a wonderful way to introduce learning about Jesus and faith to the little ones when they are open and eager at a time when they “learn everything they need to know in life.”  Call 978-772-7474 with questions.

Startup Classes & Meeting Times

DATE

MEETING

TIME

LOCATION

September 6

First Communion Sign Up Meeting

(bring Baptism Certificates)

7:00pm

St Mary Parish Hall

 

 

September 8

OR

September 12

**ALL Parents’/Sponsors/Candidates

(attend one – bring Baptism Certficate)

    CONFIRMATION 1 - 6:15 -8:30pm

CONFIRMATION 2 - 7:00- 8:30pm

 

September 8

 

September 12

 

St Mary Parish Hall

OR

St Anthony Parish Hall

September 11

September 11

Cycle A & Confirmation 1  Begin

Jr. High Parent/Student Meeting

8:00-9:30a

6:30 pm

CCD Center

St Mary Parish Hall

September 18

Cycle B & Confirmation 2 Begin

8:00-9:30a

CCD Center

September 18

        OR

September 29

**REQUIRED First Communion

Parents’ Meeting  (attend only one)

Bring Student Baptism Certificate

7:00-8:30p

 

7:00-8:30 p

St. Mary Parish Hall

 

   St. Anthony Parish Hall

September 18

September 18

Cycle B & Confirmation 2 First Class   Catechetical Sunday

8:00-9:30 a

9:45 a

Class

MASS ATTENDANCE

October 2

Confirmation III – Students Only

6:00 pm

St. Anthony CCD Center

October 23

Confirmation III – Students &Sponsors

Confirmation Rehearsal & Evening of Reflection

6:00 pm

St. Anthony Church

October 30

Confirmation Day–11:15 Mass–

 St Anthony Church

11:15 am

St. Anthony Parish Hall

Candidates & Sponsors

10:15 am

 Next to the Sacraments, educating our children is the second most important thing we do as a parish; we are still in need of teachers and substitutes.  Please consider volunteering a little of your time to help.  No experience is needed; we’ll help you share your faith..Please call (978) 772-7474 with any questions..

Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Seminar
We, the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Team of St. Anthony and St. Mary Parishes, once again are offering training in a program called “Protecting God’s Children” – a program selected by the Archdiocese for educating anyone 17 years of age or older on ways to prevent child abuse and create safe environments for children.  Among other things, this seminar will educate you in ways to recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate a child or the elderly may be being abused or exploited in some way, environmental factors to be aware of in the physical space of the parish, how abusers operate, things parents can do to help educate their children about how to respond to inappropriate behavior toward them, and many other areas.  It will also inform you of the responsibilities and procedures to follow should you have the need to make a report of suspected child abuse.

Our responsibility as a CAP Team is to train the staff, employees, and ALL volunteers 17 years old or older in our parishes, and to advocate for, and be an ongoing resource to the parish communities in child protection issues.  We invite you to attend (either as a mandatory requirement in the case of ALL staff, employees or volunteers – or as an informational meeting if you are an interested parent or parishioner).  The session will be no more than 2-3 hours in length and will be held on:

January 22, 2017, at 6:45 pm in St. Anthony CCD Center, Shirley, MA.
Refreshments will be provided.  Please call (978) 772-7474 if you have any special needs in order to attend.

To plan for refreshments and provide enough materials, we ask that you fill out the form below, drop it in the collection basket or at the CCD  Office, or call the number above to schedule your attendance.

We look forward to sharing what we learned with you.

         Deacon Ray Gagnon              Mike Roy               Patti Cibor                     Donna Vaira


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I, _______________________________,   Parish Staff Member,    Employee,    Volunteer,     Parishioner (print name & phone number clearly)                                  (circle one of the above)

of  __________________________________Parish in ___________________, Massachusetts, will attend: _______ on January 22, 2017, at  6:45 pm at St. Anthony CCD Center, Shirley, MA

 

 

Adult Faith Formation
For more information, please call Donna Varia at 978-772-7474.

St Mary's Religious Education Forms

1st Communion Classes
Confirmation Classes


St. Mary's Religious Education Calendar

For weather related cancellations,
please call 978-772-7474
or check this website.

 


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