Religious Education

Mission Statement

Our goal is to support the life-long process of Christian formation by providing opportunities for people of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, to learn and grow in their faith and love of God, so that they may live it in their everyday lives.

Religious Education Classes

On Sunday mornings our kindergarten to twelfth grade Religious Education students meet from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  The program runs from September to May.  Second graders prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist, and Confirmation preparation will be available to appropriate students in grades 9-12.  We also have a Youth Group, for students in sixth through eighth grade. These programs run from September to May. During the summer there is a five day long Vacation Bible School for children through sixth grade, with the opportunity for older students to assist.

Youth Ministry Mass

On the second Sunday of each month, the 10:30 Mass is a "Youth Ministry Mass," with Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Our religious education students perform various liturgical roles, including altar servers, lectors, crucifers, Youth Choir Ministers, greeters, assistant directors of service, and even children’s liturgy assistants. All these programs seek to instill in our children and youth a love of God and neighbor, and to assist their parents in nourishing faith at home.

Joining the Church

On Wednesday evenings, our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) group meets.  RCIA is for those interested in becoming Catholic or receiving the Sacraments of Initiation, and includes adults, college students, and children who have reached the age of reason. This programs run from late summer to May, but the period of inquiry can begin at any time.

Adult Formation

We have several opportunities for adult formation.  There is a Wednesday  Women's Bible Study group that meets from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.   There are periodic adult faith formation sessions, and several times throughout the year we have longer intergenerational events. These events bring parishioners of all ages together to learn and pray as a community, sharing the wisdom of the older generations and the energy of the younger ones.

For information on any of these programs, contact Kathleen Nowacki-Correia, our Director of Religious Education.

St. Patrick Preschool

St. Patrick Preschool meets weekday mornings throughout the school year. There are programs for 2 1/2, 3 and 4 year-olds. Children in pull-ups are welcome. Please check the preschool link for additional information and enrollment forms.