Religious Education

General Overview

The Office of Religious Education implements the Catechetical mission of St. Anthony’s parish community. In close cooperation with the St. Anthony parish community, Youth Ministry and families we seek to provide solid instruction in religious and moral values, while recognizing the joy of being in relationship with Jesus. We foster an environment where faith is nourished and practiced in the events and activities of people’s daily lives. About 500 young Catholics benefit from our services and engage in building a community where people love God and each other.

Goals

Our goal is to help children and teens to develop and grow in their relationship with Jesus and others. We journey with them as they begin to understand and appreciate faith in their daily lives.

Schedule

Grade 1: Sunday 9:30 or Tuesday 4 pm
Grade 2: Sunday 9:30 or Tuesday 4 pm or Wednesday 4 pm
Grade 3: Sunday 9:30 or Wednesday 4 pm
Grade 4, 5 & 6: Sunday 9:30 or Wednesday 4 pm
Grades 7 & 8: Sunday 5-6 pm, followed by Mass @ 6:00 pm
Grades 9 & 10: Sunday on a monthly rotating basis with Mass @ 6:00 pm,
followed by Class from 6:45-8:00 pm

Sacraments

Preparation for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

These are the requirements children should meet in order to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

  1. The child should be baptized as a Christian
  2. Attend mass on Sunday
  3. Know the prayers by heart
  4. Know the parts of the mass
  5. Attend weekly classes

During weekly instruction the children will learn that God is a Father, loving and caring and just who sent his only son Jesus Christ, to save us from sin so we can live happily in communion with God. Students will come to appreciate the meaning of the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist; that Jesus comes to their hearts and souls to feed them and strengthen them in their faith.

We also offer First Reconciliation and First Eucharist sacramental preparation for older students who have not received the sacraments.

Preparation for Confirmation

The Confirmation Program at St. Anthony’s is a two-year program beginning, most typically, in the fall of ninth grade.  The program of studies over the two-year process strives to integrate:  the Decision Point program (featuring Matthew Kelly), prayer and participation at Mass, service to others and morality.

Requirements:

  1. A copy of baptismal certificate
  2. Attend all religious education classes, including speakers
  3. Attend Mass weekly
  4. Attend a Retreat
  5. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  6. Participate in opportunities to serve others
  7. Choose a sponsor

The Sacrament of Confirmation is typically conferred on the candidates in the spring of their tenth grade.

Grades 1-8

Grade 1

We use the Promise format that introduces our newest students to God and Jesus in ways they can understand. They learn that we can understand God better by learning about the stories in the Bible. We learn about what happens at Mass and why it is important for us to attend Mass. They learn that God loves us and there is a difference between a sin and a mistake. They also begin to learn the basic prayers.

Grade 2

This is a very important year. We use Good News as a way to continue to learn about our faith through the gospels. We will also study the Mass and our Faith in greater depth. The Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance where we confess our sins to a priest express our sorrow for our sins and receive God’s forgiveness and Grace. The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, which is consuming of the real presence of Jesus in the form of Jesus’ body. That the presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and divinity of Jesus is present in the Eucharist.

Grade 3

We also use Good News which brings the gospel to life in an age appropriate way. We will also focus on how we grow our faith after receiving First Eucharist. We will spend time on the Faith of our church and what it means to be a Catholic. The Third grade students also put on a Christmas Pageant for the Parish.

Grade 4

We use the Venture program. The students will also focus on morality including a deeper understanding the Ten Commandments.

Grade 5

We continue to use the Venture Program and additionally focus on study of the Sacraments.

Grade 6

We continue to use the Venture Program and also study the Old Testament in more depth.

Grades 7 & 8

We use Loyola Press “Christ Our Life”. We also strive to integrate knowledge of serving others by visits to the food pantry, nursing home, etc. as well as developing a sense that they belong to the St. Anthony parish catholic community.

Please refer here for the Act of Contrition we currently use with the students for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Registration

Online registration for 2019-20 education is not available online. Please check back on this page in April 2020 for next year’s registration.

Current registration forms are available through the office at the parish center.

Grades 1-6

Here at St. Anthony parish we are fully engaged in a religious education format that grows with the students from grades 1 through 6. We utilize a Faith Formation Program called the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. This Liturgical catechesis: Integrating learning with the life of the parish community. We have had great experience with our children in brining the gospel to life and life to the gospel. This is not the CCD you may remember growing up, we truly are engaging our students, teachers and Parishioners’ as we help bring the teaching home and into the community.

“Liturgy-based catechesis integrates the instruction of young people with the ongoing life of the parish community as experienced primarily in the Sunday Eucharist. With the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies the content of the program flows from the Sunday Gospel. Children learn their faith within the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year”.

There are weekly booklets and educational tools for each level.

  • Grade 1; we use the Promise format that helps bring in our new students into the parish at a comfortable level.
  • Grade 2-3; we use the Good News format that helps us as we work towards our second sacrament, the first holy communion. First Holy Communion is the focus of grade 2 and culminates in May on Mothers Days weekend each year. The third grade is focused on how we grow since receiving the Holy Eucharist.
  • Grade 4-6; we use the Venture program format that takes our students to the next level of understanding how the Eucharist, the mass, and our beliefs in God translate in our lives and help us grow in that love.

2020-21 Religious Education Class Schedules

Coming Soon…

For more information on the Religious Education curriculum, go here: www.pflaumweeklies.com

Grades 7-10

For our students in grades 7 and 8, we seek to provide solid instruction in religious and moral values. We strive to foster an environment where their faith is nourished and practiced in the events and activities of their daily lives. We look for ways to provide opportunities for our students to participate in weekly worship, community service as well as special Advent and Lent activities.

Our goal, during the middle school years, is to continue to nurture the students in their Catholic faith, so they can develop and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ; through prayer and participation in weekly Mass.

St. Anthony parish has realized that our young adults are challenged daily with decisions and choices in our society that to some are tougher than others to make. With that in mind, we selected a catechesis program that is always up to date with the evolving paradigms in our young adult’s life. Our program is from Dynamic Catholic, a company founded by Matthew Kelley who is a renowned Evangelist and teacher of the Catholic faith. The program called Decision Point is a program that is DVD based along with group interaction and community building.

Our classes are divided monthly and alternate by month based on grade levels. Our goal is to bring our young adults closer to Christ through witness, great catechesis, and interaction throughout our community. All grades supplement their teachings with various events called “serving others.”  Each grade has a seasonal event that involves independent thinking, group formation and community involvement. We feel there is more to faith formation than a text book can deliver. Grades 9 and 10 are the years in which we focus on the fourth sacrament, the sacrament of Confirmation. Grade 9 begins the year with the students stating their intentions to receive Confirmation at a Rite of Passage ceremony and culminates in 10th grade with Confirmation and Mass in April of that year.

2019-20 Religious Education Class Schedules

For more information on the Religious Education curriculum, go here: Decision Point Program

Calendar

Calendar would go here.

Adult Formation (RCIA)

Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Included in the process are several Rites, which take place within the context of the Mass.

We do not currently offer RCIA education through Saint Anthony Parish. Please see the links below for local RCIA classes:

Archdiocese of Boston RCIA Information

Saint Mary of the Sacred Heart, Hanover MA