Religious Education

Presence at liturgies,
 participation in parish programs and parish registration are necessary for sacramental preparation.  It is vital to the life of our parish community.

Parents are the primary educators of their children. Our Parish religious education programs recognize this parental role and support parents as they prepare their children to live a Catholic life and receive and celebrate the Sacraments. 

Since we want all Catholic youth to have an educational opportunity for moral, religious, and spiritual values so necessary in today's society, it is important that our parish religious education programs likewise be supported by each family. 

Our parish religious education programs utilize volunteer catechists to instill the truths of our Catholic faith.  We render an essential service in building strong character and deep religious commitment.  All volunteer catechists and personnel in our religious education program meet the requirements established by the Diocese of Providence through the Outreach and Prevention Office.  These requirements include background check and training for educators, volunteers and children (Circle of Grace) as well as clergy and staff.

Our Catholic faith is universal - one teaching, one Church, and one Body of Christ.  From cradle to grave, each of us learns of and experiences this faith immediately and intimately in our local parish.  Lifelong formation is a priority in our parish and the faithful are afforded opportunities to grow in the life of Christ through prayer and by experiences, reflections, and studies. 

First Penance and First Communion 
Children who are in the second grade spend the school year preparing for their First Penance and First Communion. First Penance usually takes place in December while First Communion celebrations take place in May.

The preparation for celebrating this sacrament is a two-year process for high school students who usually enter the program in 9th grade. Confirmation is celebrated once a year in May. Those Catholics who are beyond high school age are prepared to receive this sacrament with those preparing in the RCIA program.

Special Religious Education (SPRED) is available in our parish to better serve those parishioners with developmental disabilities. Originated in 1980 in the Diocese of Providence, the SPRED program assists in deepening the faith of these “special friends,” helping them to participate fully in the work and liturgical life of the church. Age-appropriate curriculum is provided to prepare persons with developmental disabilities for the reception of sacraments of Initiation and Reconciliation in the parish.

RCIA stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. A program in which people become fully confirmed members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA continues the life-long process of human development and faith formation through Sacred Scripture and the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the church’s way to initiate new members. Sacraments of Initiation for adults are all celebrated at the Easter Vigil.