Director of Religious Education: Mrs. Gwendolyn Shaughnessy
Education Office: (413) 442-0591

 

Registration | St. Charles Borromeo – Our Parish Patron | First Communion | Reconciliation | Confirmation | RCIA
Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8 | Grade 9 | Grades 10th-12th

 

Our Parish Patron

Saint Charles Borromeo, our parish patronengenders a great devotion to the education of all youth. Our Roman Catholic faith is passed on from generation to generation, always inspired by Jesus, the Teacher, inviting all children “to come unto me”.

Saint Charles was devoted to all children, establishing orphanages for the poor, assistance for needy families and Sunday schools, Schools of Christian Doctrine [CCD], which became the model for all religious education programs as we know them today.

Charles, Bishop of Milan, promoted a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament known as Forty Hours. Truly, Saint Charles parishioners have much to inspire them.

For more information regarding enrollment in our Religious Education Program, please call Mrs. Gwendolyn Shaughnessy, Director, at (413) 442-0591.

Grades 1 through High School
Including the Sacrament of Confirmation
Enrollment is open to any parishioner from Grade 1 through *Confirmation. Our program includes a specialized class referred to as RCIC, Rite of Christian Initiation for Children, which focuses on the instruction of older children who have yet to receive their Sacraments of Baptism, and/or First Eucharist and Reconciliation.

A Parent Manual which details the school calendar, attendance policies and other essential information is available upon registration.

 

Registration

Enrollment Takes Place in The Fall
There are two sessions, primary and intermediate-high school, which meet weekly. Fees are minimal and cover only the cost of books, some materials and the Confirmation candidates retreat. There is a sliding fee for families with more than one child.
*Our parish religious education program offers adult preparation classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation as well as an adult formation program known as RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This program is open to all adults who wish to explore the richness of the Roman Catholic Church as well as those baptized Catholics who desire the fullness of the Sacraments or renewal. For more information concerning adult education and formation, please call the pastor, Father Peter Gregory [442-7470].

 

Curriculum Overview:

Our text Series is Christ Our Life, Loyola Press and the Sisters of Notre Dame of Claredon, Ohio, 1997
This series presents a sense of continuity. Each grade level includes review concepts as well as new material. Parents are cordially invited to read carefully the Notes to Parents found in the Introduction. The goals and theology of each grade level is clearly defined.

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Grade 1 – God is Good

Curriculum is focused on an introduction to the Triune God, the meaning of Baptism, God’s love for every person and all of creation, introduction of prayer and common prayers of the Christian life.

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Grade 2 – God Cares for Us

First Communion Preparation & First Reconciliation
Curriculum focuses on a special preparation for the reception of First Eucharist and, also, Reconciliation. Participation in a meaningful Mass as a celebration of God’s Word and Eucharist is enhanced by an introduction to Mary, Mother of Jesus, as witness to God’s Word. The life of a Christian as part of the Roman Catholic Church conceptualizes the graces of the Sacraments.

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Grade 3 – We Believe

Curriculum invites the student to an understanding of the Catholic faith, the Sacraments that enhance life through grace, an introduction to the Bible and Catholic devotions.

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Grade 4 – God Guides Us

Curriculum offers reflection on the Creed especially the Communion of Saints and Salvation history. A focus on the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes and more Bible lessons leads the student to a more mature review of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Christian vocation.

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Grade 5 – We Worship

The study of Catholic worship focuses the year on a more mature relationship with Jesus through Eucharist and the Paschal Mystery of His sacrifice. Also included is an invitation to more knowledgeable participation in the liturgy and the Sacraments.

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Grade 6 – God Calls His People

An introduction to the Old Testament, the songs and themes of Psalms clearly portrays the Christian as one who has inherited a faith and a Church which has its roots in God’s loving design for humankind. The Sacraments and many Christian symbols are studied.

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Grade 7 – Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life

The curriculum begins with a review of the seven Sacraments and introduces a more mature relationship with Jesus through the New Testament and, especially, the Gospel message of the Mystical Body of Christ and social justice.

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Grade 8 – The Church, Then and Now

The students are invited to an in-depth study of the Roman Catholic Church as “the people of God”, a people called to live the life of Christ through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Among the topics are the New Testament readings related to the early Church, respect for life and the need for personal prayer.

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Grade 9 – Growing in the Catholic Faith

This year is a year of preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The curriculum focuses on a review of essential concepts of faith and of a personal relationship with God the Father and Creator, Jesus the Son and Redeemer and the Holy Spirit, loving Presence and Guide.

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Grade 10 (11-12) – Confirmed in the Spirit

Confirmation Preparation
This culminating year of study, prayer and service invites the young adult to make a personal commitment to follow Christ through a life guided by a personal relationship with God, the precepts of the sacramental life of the Church and service to humankind As a Gospel witness each person is invited to proclaim a firm belief in God’s saving love and be confirmed in God’s Spirit.

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RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults, commonly referred to as RCIA, is a program of instruction marked by different steps on the journey of faith. It is a journey focused on the teachings of Jesus, the Sacramental life of the Roman Catholic Church and the witness to which Jesus calls each person. At St. Charles we include all those who are seeking to renew their faith, those preparing for one of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) as well as those who wish to focus more deeply on a life of faith as well as those seeking to explore the call to conversion.

Each participant has much to offer and joins with others on a faith journey supported by others on the same journey. This program offers an introduction to the liturgy, an understanding of the traditions of the Church and an opportunity to inquire, to discuss, to pray and to be supported by those who seek to find the Word of God, the Creed and the Eucharist meaningful in their lives.

The goal of this program is to invite, inform and support each one’s interest in fulfilling God’s call to participate fully in the Catholic faith.

Available also is the opportunity for children past the primary grades who would wish to learn about the Catholic faith and, ultimately, “catch up” to their grade level after instruction for Baptism and/or First Eucharist. Individualized instruction is the framework of their instruction. Depending on the readiness of each child, he or she will advance to become fully integrated into the progression of grades in the religious education program. This is an opportunity for the children of those adults who enter into the RCIA program or for children whose parents are themselves desirous of returning to their spiritual connection with the Church.

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