Contacts

Bridget Rao, grades 1-2, 7-Confirmation, 978-475-0050 x28
Cheryl Germino, grades 3-6, 978-475-0050 x31

First Grade


2020-21 End of year message from Bridget Rao DRE

We have now finished all our lessons. Thank you to everyone for working with us and supporting us and being patient with us as we navigated our way through the year. Thank you also to all our wonderful parents who rose to the task of being catechists to their children and teaching them in this very first year of their Religious Education experience!
It would have been so great if we could have met in person but we had so many restrictions imposed upon us regarding numbers of students in the building at any one time that it just was not possible. I am hoping you will all come back to in-person classes for the next year – registration emails have gone out – remember the earlier you register the more you save!
There are even more savings should you choose to teach! We are always looking for good catechists to join our team, especially in this very important sacramental year. Please think about this and contact me if you have any questions or decide that this is something you would like to do. Next year is such an amazing year as our children begin to prepare to receive two sacraments, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist!!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay safe and well.

Outline of 1st Grade program

Students begin their preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist  in grade 1 and will be using the series “Call to Faith” published by Our Sunday Visitor. There are twenty-one lessons in the book divided into seven units: Revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, The Church, Morality, Sacraments & Kingdom of God.

It is important that the children in first grade learn the “Sign of the Cross” and prepare to learn the “Lord’s Prayer”, “Hail Mary” and “Glory Be” before entering second grade.

2021-22  Grade 1  Schedules

Sunday  8:15am

Tuesday  4:15pm

Second Grade


2020-21 End of year message from Bridget Rao, DRE

This year has almost finished – but the most important part has just begun!! Our students will be receiving the sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time during the weekend liturgies in May and June. Congratulations and well done to those of you who have already done so! Remember to watch the FHC video and read the handout before your Mass – just to refresh your memory!!

First Holy Communion Informational Video Link

First Holy Communion Parent Handout

Thank you to everyone for working with us and supporting us and being patient with us as we navigated our way through zoom classes & in-person classes. Thank you also to all our wonderful catechists who stayed with us throughout the year!!! We are hoping you will all come back to in person classes in Grade 3. Registration emails have gone out – remember the earlier you register the more you save!!
We are always looking for catechists to join our team – if you are bringing your child to class why not stay and teach them! Please think about this – you will save even more money!! Contact me if you have any questions or decide that this is something you would like to do.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay safe and well.

Outline of 2nd Grade Program

This is a most wonderful year with the reception of two sacraments, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Children in grade 2 use the book “Encounter with Christ” to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, also published by Our Sunday Visitor. During the first part of the year (from September to January) the children will focus on their First Reconciliation and will learn about making right and wrong choices. They will receive their First Reconciliation in January.  Once reconciliation takes place, the children will receive their First Eucharist book.  They will learn about Jesus, who is present in the Eucharist and his great love for us.

The two books invite the children to prepare to receive the sacraments by listening for God’s voice through scripture and reflection.  The books use language and visuals that engage the children.  They also provide a variety of activities in each session.

The children should know the “Sign of the Cross, Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary”.  Please practice with them at home. Prior to reconciliation they will become familiar with the Act of Contrition.
We will also be learning about the parts of the Mass including the responses made by the congregation.

We will practice receiving unconsecrated hosts prior to their First Eucharist.  If your child is gluten intolerant, please let me know as soon as possible as the hosts contains a small amount of gluten.

It is extremely important that your child does not miss class unless they are ill.

2021-22  Grade 2 Schedules

Sunday  8:15am or 10:45am

Tuesday  4:15pm

Third Grade


Students in grade 3 use “Call to Faith” published by Our Sunday Visitor.  Each chapter includes words of faith, class prayer of praise and “Review and Apply”.   The children will learn about the Church being our family, the mission of the Church,  and  the importance of prayer in our life.  The third graders will receive their Reconciliation in February and will go to the church as a class with their teacher.

Grade 3 Schedule

Sunday  8:15am

Tuesday  4:15pm

 

Fourth Grade


Students in grade 4 use the Be My Disciples series from RCL Benzinger. Grade 4 emphasizes the Commandments.  Class time incorporates group prayer, participation in the Liturgy and the Sacraments by including an opportunity to host Sunday Mass and to attend Reconciliation, church tours that explain the symbolism and welcome that our  Church offers, exercises in moral formation focused on learning how to make good choices and learning safety, social justice and outreach by way of service projects to help our neighbors in need and to spread the love of Christ.

Grade 4 Schedules Grade 4 Lessons
Grade 4 Sunday  10:45am
Grade 4 Monday 4:15pm
Grade 4 Homeschool

Fifth Grade


Students in grade 5 use the Be My Disciples series from RCL Benzinger. Grade 5 emphasizes Jesus’ teaching of the Kingdom and the Sacraments.  Class time incorporates group prayer, participation in the Liturgy and the Sacraments by including an opportunity to host Sunday Mass and to attend Reconciliation, church tours that explain the symbolism and welcome that our Church offers, exercises in moral formation focused on learning how to make good choices and learning safety, social justice and outreach by way of service projects to help our neighbors in need and to spread the love of Christ.

Grade 5 Schedules Grade 5 Lessons
Grade 5 Sunday  10:45am
Grade 5 Monday  4:15pm
Grade 5 Homeschool

Sixth Grade


Students in grade 6 use the the Blest Are We: Faith and Word series from RCL Benzinger. Grade 6 will study the fascinating stories of the Old Testament. Interactive EBooks, games, chapter reviews, and parent resources are available online for all grades.  Class time incorporates group prayer, participation in the Liturgy and the Sacraments by including an opportunity to host Sunday Mass and to attend Reconciliation, church tours that explain the symbolism and welcome that our Church offers, exercises in moral formation focused on learning how to make good choices and learning safety, social justice and outreach by way of service projects to help our neighbors in need and to spread the love of Christ.

Grade 6 Schedules Grade 6 Lessons
Grade 6 Sunday 10:45am
Grade 6 Monday 4:15pm
Grade 6 Homeschool