Our Lady of Fatima Church
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima

50 Walsh Avenue Peabody MA 01960-1910
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Our Lady of Fatima Church Religious Education


Dear CCD Parents –


Blessed be the name of the Lord!  We are pleased that you take seriously your responsibility to educate your child in our one, holy, catholic and apostolic, Roman Catholic faith.  I would like to share some fundamental aspects of our Religious Education program:


         Our program is a 52 week program.  The most important part of your child’s instruction, like every Catholic, happens at Mass, where Jesus speaks to us in Sacred Scripture and offers us His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity as our spiritual nourishment on earth. Just like every faithful, practicing Catholic, your child is expected to attend Mass every Sunday of the year and every Holy Day of Obligation — preferably with you.


         There is a weekly “Gospel homework sheet” prepared for every Sunday that your child is expected to complete and return to their teacher each week.  Not only will this help your child to apply Jesus’ Words to his or her life, but it will also provide us with a steady sign of their progress and faithfulness to the obligations of the faith.  It also empowers you as a parent to discuss the Word of God with your child(ren) each week.


         Prayer Sheets —In past years, we have seen a significant void in children’s knowledge of basic prayers.  As a result, we have compiled three levels of prayers.  To complete a grade, your child will need to know the corresponding level of prayers. Students entering 2nd grade must know the Level One prayers (the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, etc.); students entering 3rd grade must know the Level One and Two prayers (the prayers of the Mass); students in the higher grades must know all three levels (the 3rd level includes the prayers of the Rosary and others). Please help them to learn them by heart and to understand their meaning.  In order to do this, you must pray together as a family at home each day.


All the catechists and I are all looking forward to working with you to help your child grow more and more as a disciple of Jesus this year.


In Christ,




Program Philosophy & Goals


At Our Lady of Fatima parish, we believe that our Religious Education Program is a continuing journey of faith.   It begins in the home and is reinforced by our weekly Holy Mass on Sundays, Holy Days of Obligation, and by our religion classes.


Our program strives to not only teach about Jesus, but just as importantly, strives to inspire a relationship of friendship and lasting love with Jesus.   The ideals of this philosophy can only be fulfilled through a spirit of cooperation shared by each of the three major groups of our CCD family-staff, parents, and students. The quality and success of the program recognizes the need for each group to accept the responsibility of openness to one another, in mutual respect and encouragement


Program Goals

1.      To proclaim the message of Jesus Christ, by providing a religious program based on Scripture and Tradition. One of our main objectives is to teach the students the basic principles of the Catholic faith; however, giving meaning to the rituals and symbols of our faith is not enough.

2.      To encourage reception of the Sacraments by preparing students to understand and appreciate their importance and necessity in their lives.

3.      To foster growth in a faith community, by providing valuable experiences of shared prayer and worship.

4.      To encourage a spirit of charity, by promoting positive Catholic Christian attitudes in one's responsibility toward God, others and self.

5.      To encourage students to take responsibility for their learning.

6.      To foster cooperation and communication among staff, parents, and students.  Our efforts will not be as effective unless they are combined.

7.      To continually review and update curriculum needs and materials.

8.      As parents, to provide a daily commitment to God by practicing the gift of faith and setting an example for your children.


Program Guidelines for Grades K-10


Our Religious Education program begins in Kindergarten and extends to the 10th grade.  It should be viewed as one ten -year continuum and not individual Sacrament grades.


To facilitate the number of students in our program, we have instituted two sessions in our Religious Education program:

Session I:  Kindergarten thru 6th grade students meet on Sundays from 8am – 10am (includes the 9am Mass)


Session II:  7th thru 10th grade students meet on Sundays from 9am – 11am (includes the 9am Mass)


This allows for a focus on practicing our Roman Catholic faith and following God’s 3rd commandment of going to Holy Mass each Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation, and promotes a better atmosphere for learning and teaching.



For the 2012-2013 year, our catechists are:

Kindergarten*     Sr. Anne and Sr. Mercy

Grade 1               Sr. Anne and Sr. Mercy

Grade 2               Sr. Kathy Bettencourt

Grade 3               Mr. Manuel and Mrs. Diane Santos

Grade 4               Mrs. Rosa Romano

Grade 5               Ms. Ashley and Ms. Amanda Cunha

Grade 6               Ms. Sandra DeMelo

Grade 7               Sr. Kathy Bettencourt

Grade 8               Mrs. Maryann Murtagh and Mrs. Ann Bettencourt

Grade 9               Ms. Audrey Sullivan

Grade 10             Fr. Christopher Gomes

Special Assistants: Mrs. Linda Mendonça and Mrs. Mary Rodrigues

* Kindergarten is combined with Grade 1 until we have enough students for a separate class


Catechetical Mission

The CCD Program seeks to address the six fundamental tasks of Catechesis; therefore by 10th grade, students will have learned:

·         Formal prayers and grown accustomed to praying spontaneously

·         The principle teachings of the Church as taught by Scripture and Tradition      

·         Preparation for and reception of the Sacraments of Penance (Reconciliation), Eucharist, and Confirmation

·         The elements of appropriate behavior in church-reverence and awe in prayer, posture, genuflection, silence and the love of holy things

·         A basic understanding of and ability to explain the life of Jesus and His part in God's plan for our salvation



We expect respect and cooperation from every student. Unruly behavior and disrespect for teachers and other students will not be tolerated. If a student is removed from the classroom on a regular basis, parents will be notified and alternative arrangements for lessons will have to be made.  In this case, a parent may have to home school the child.


Homework Policy

Students in every grade will be given homework assignments each week. Please check to make sure your child completes their weekly assignments neatly. It is important for students to keep up with the work that has been assigned and hand it in on time.   The homework is short and should not take more than 15 minutes to complete. All homework serves to reinforce what has been taught in the Gospel and classroom and hopefully is lived in your home.


Tests and Progress Reports

Teachers are expected to give intermittent quizzes or tests.  This will allow not only the teacher, but you, as parents, to see how your child is progressing and if he or she is retaining what is being taught, or if there are areas where your child needs assistance.


Individual teachers will send progress notices during the year and at the end of the year.  We ask that parents review the notices and contact the teacher with any questions or concerns. Each student is expected to have a passing grade of a 70 at the end of the year to be promoted to the next grade level.


We ask that you get involved in your child's course of study by helping them prepare for tests and by reviewing the material being covered in class each week at home.



As mentioned earlier, the CCD Curriculum should be viewed as one ten -year continuum and not individual Sacraments or grades.  To that end, the following is a list that outlines the general nature of the teachings in each grade.


Kindergarten: Introduction to Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Bible stories, Saints, basic prayers, etc.


1st Grade:  Our Heavenly Father:  Introduction to the Holy Trinity through presentations on God the Father, the life of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God's plan of salvation and our part in that plan. It also acquaints children with Mary, angels, and the saints. Children learn basic prayers.


First Communion (2nd Grade): Jesus Our Life: Preparation for the first reception of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion, with the law of God and salvation history as background. The lesson emphasizes God's mercy and love. It covers Creation, the Covenant with Moses, the Ten Commandments, Redemption, Forgiveness of Sins, and the Holy Mass.


3rd Grade: Our Life with Jesus: God's plan of salvation, from creation to the Incarnation and Redemption to the birth of the Church at Pentecost and our life in the Church. Special emphasis is on the importance of Confession, Communion and the Holy Mass.


4th Grade: Jesus Our Guide: God's plan to save His people from sin (Salvation History), how we participate in that plan, and the many ways God helps us in our pilgrimage on earth to Heaven through His word, His law, and His Church.


5th Grade: Credo – I Believe: A thorough study of the articles of the Creed as the basic belief of our Catholic faith, with a special emphasis on careful understanding of definitions through the words of the Gospels, and the prophets, and the prayers of the Church.


6th Grade:  Following Christ: The blueprint for a life of love: the law of God, especially in the Ten Commandments, and the presence of Jesus in the Holy Mass. The interaction of the challenges of God's law and His gifts of grace that help us fulfill his law are also taught.


7th Grade:  The Life of Grace:   Grace as our link with God, His gift to us to bring us to Himself and His eternal life, with an emphasis on transmission of grace through the Seven Sacraments and on God's loving gifts of revelation, of Himself through the prophets, the Incarnation, and the Church. The role of grace in developing the virtues is also emphasized.


8th Grade:  Our Life in the Church:  The history of the Church — its founding by Christ, its birth in the Holy Spirit, the marks of the one, true Church, the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the saints and the role of the religious and laity up to the present. The structure of the Church Jesus planned, the role of the Magisterium, the clergy, the religious and the laity and our own vocations.


9th & 10th Grades:  Confirmed in the Spirit

Based on the Rite of Confirmation, helps students to understand the Rite while preparing to celebrate the Sacrament. It offers students a relationship with the Holy Spirit, His gifts and fruits. Students learn the main doctrines of our faith and how to live life through the Beatitudes.  They are also challenged to be soldiers for Christ by becoming the spiritual athletes of the Heart of God. 


Please note that the programs for First Holy Communion and Confirmation are 2 year programs.


Prayer for our CCD Program

We thank You Lord, for Your blessings on our parish and its families. We seek Your help and guidance in our task of teaching the young people to know, to love, and to serve You in this world so that one day they will be with You in Heaven. Give us the grace we need to help them and each other to live better lives by the example we give them.  Our Lady of Fatima, patroness of our parish, we come to you for help. We ask your intercession. Pray with us and for us that God may grant us His help in meeting our obligations as a parish, now and in the future. May our example of devotion to you, the Mother of God, inspire us to greater sacrifices and greater efforts in your honor.  May St. Joseph teach us to give all that we do and are to the Heart of Jesus. Amen.


52 Week CCD Program

September 2012 through August 2013



16 Mass & CCD

23 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 3 & 4

30 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 5 & 6



7 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 7 & 8

14 Mass & no Class due to Feast

21 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 9 & 10

28 Mass & CCD



1 Mass at 7pm - All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

2 All Soul’s Procession at 6pm with Mass at 7pm

4 Mass & no Class due to Bazaar

11 Mass & CCD

18 Mass & CCD

25 Mass & CCD



2 Mass & CCD, Progress Reports Distributed

8 Mass at 9am / Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation)

9 Mass & CCD

16 Mass & CCD

23 Mass & CCD

25 Mass/ No Class – Christmas (Holy Day of Obligation)

30 Mass/No Class - Christmas



1 Mass/No Class – Solemnity of Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

6 Mass & CCD

13 Mass & CCD

20 Mass & CCD

27 Mass & CCD


NOTE:    Eucharistic Adoration: Every Friday from 5-6pm ; and, during Advent and Lent, every Sunday at 3pm



3 Mass & CCD

10 Mass & CCD

13 Ash Wednesday, Mass at 7pm

17 Mass & CCD

24 Mass & CCD, Progress Reports Distributed



3 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 3 & 4

10 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 5 & 6

16 First Communion Retreat 2-4pm

17 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 7 & 8

24 Mass & CCD, Confessions grade 9 & 10

31 Mass & no Class – Easter, Easter egg hunt



7 Mass & CCD

14 Mass & CCD

21 Mass & CCD

28 Mass & CCD



5 Mass & CCD

9 Mass at 7pm - Ascension Thursday (Holy Day of Obligation)

12 Mass & no Class due to Feast

19 Mass & CCD

26 Mass & CCD (last day of classes)



1 First Confession, and First Communion Practice 10am

2 First Communion Mass & Corpus Christi Procession, 11:30am

9, 16, 23, 30 — Mass & No Classes


JULY 7, 14, 21, 28 — Mass & No Classes

AUGUST 4, 11, 18, 25 — Mass & No Classes

SEPTEMBER 1, 8 — Mass & No Classes


Confirmation + Retreat, Practice:  to be announced at a later date


Confirmation Program


·         The Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year program at Our Lady of Fatima Church spanning the 9th and 10th grades.

·         Students are required to participate in Service Projects geared toward helping those within our community. Notices will be sent home regarding these projects.

·         Specific guidelines for the selection of Confirmation Names and Confirmation Sponsors are outlined in a separate handout.  These will be strictly enforced – no exceptions!



·         To help students live according to the Holy Spirit and get them ready not only to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of their Confirmation but to cooperate with the Holy Spirit throughout the whole of their lives.

·         To strengthen the students spiritually, morally, emotionally and intellectually to withstand some of the typical temptations young people face in the faith during their teenage and young adult years.

·         To help them become mature and responsible members of the Roman Catholic Church founded by Christ Himself and to be collaborators in His mission in the local and universal Church.

·         To prepare and assist them to live their lives as a gift for others in imitation of the self-giving love of God.



·         Live as a good Catholic should

·         Mass attendance on every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation

·         Daily Prayer

·         Regular Confession (once a month)

·         Hard-working student in school and in the faith

·         Contributor at home and in the parish

·         Faithful son or daughter, sibling and friend


Because of the seriousness of this Sacrament, regular Mass and class attendance and parental involvement are essential.


It is the expectation that candidates who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation:

·         Must be baptized.

·         Participate regularly in Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation with their families.

·         Have a satisfactory attendance record (4 or more absences during 9th & 10th grade may necessitate additional preparation).

·         Complete a Confirmation formation program, attend a retreat, offer 10 hours of service to the parish/community and work closely with their sponsor. All service hours must be pre-approved by Fr. Christopher.


It is expected that parents of candidates preparing for Confirmation:

·         Be registered in the parish.

·         Participate weekly in Sunday Mass and on Holy Days of Obligation.

·         Know and support the teachings of the Church.

·         Be personally involved in the preparation through attendance at parental meetings.

·         Guide the candidate in the selection of a sponsor.

·         Oversee the candidate’s fulfillment of requirements.







The role of the sponsor is to help the candidate throughout his/her life to fulfill his/her baptismal promises. The sponsor should be one whose positive influence on the candidate is permanent and strong; it is not an honorary title, but a responsibility to set a good Catholic example.

·         In conformity with the new Code of Canon Law, parents may not be sponsors.

·         Sponsors must be at least 16 years old.

·         Sponsors must be Catholics who have been confirmed, received Eucharist and practice the Faith. “Practicing” means, in the case of an adult, registered in a parish, frequenting the Sacraments, regularly attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and, if married, in a valid marriage.

·         Sponsors must have a Letter of Eligibility from the pastor where they attend weekly Mass.   This includes our church as well.



·         Students are asked to register by June 30 each year for the following school year.  This permits us to order books at lower cost, as well as plan for class size and activities.

·         Families must be registered in Our Lady of Fatima Parish for children to attend our program. If you attend Mass at Our Lady of Fatima but are not formally registered, you must register before your child will be admitted into the program.

·         Registration can take place by phone, mail or by stopping at the Church Office.

·         Parish registration forms can be found at the back of the Church.

·         If your child is new to the program, please include a copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate and a copy of their First Penance and First Communion date (if applicable) when you return the registration form and fee.


Registration Fees

         $75 for 1 child

         $100  for 2 children

         $125 for 3 or more children

         $25 late fee for registering after August 15

For students in *First Communion (grade 2) or *Confirmation (grade 10) programs, an additional $25 fee is required. 


*Please note again that these two programs are two years in length.


Our intention is not to place a burden on any family, but these fees are necessary in order to purchase books, supplies, and instructional aides.  If there are circumstances which prevent you from paying the fee, please contact Father Christopher.  Children are never turned away due to the inability to pay.




Prayers of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima said:  Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice:


O Jesus, it is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


O My God, I love You in the Most Blessed Sacrament!





(Given to the three children by the Angel who preceded Our Lady's first appearance to them.)


Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly.  I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended.  And through the infinite merit of His Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.



Come Into My Heart

Come into my heart, come into my heart, come into my heart, Lord Jesus.  Come in today, come in to stay, come into my heart, Lord Jesus.



31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children


1.      Salvation - “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)

2.      Growth in Grace - “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

3.      Love - “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:2)

4.      Honesty and Integrity - “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)

5.      Self-Control - “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (1 Thess. 5:6)

6.      Love for God’s Word - “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)

7.      Justice - “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7; Mic. 6:8)

8.      Mercy - “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

9.      Respect (for self, others, and authority) - “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)

10.  Biblical Self-Esteem - “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)

11.  Faithfulness - “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)

12.  Courage - “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13.  Purity - “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14.  Kindness - “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thess. 5:15)

15.  Generosity - “Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16.  Peace-Loving - “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19 )

17.  Joy - “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thess. 1:6)

18.  Perseverance - “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19.  Humility - “God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20.  Compassion - “Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21.  Responsibility - “Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

22.  Contentment - “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)

23.  Faith - “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6; Heb. 11:1-40)

24.  A Servant’s Heart - “God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25.  Hope - “May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13 )

26.  Willingness and Ability to Work - “Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)

27.  Passion for God - “Lord, instill in my children a soul that follows hard after You,” one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)

28.  Self-Discipline - “Father, I pray that my children acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right, just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)

29.  Prayerfulness - “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)

30.  Gratitude - “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)

31.  A Heart for Missions - “Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)


CCD Notices


Drop Off / Pick Up

CCD students are to enter and leave the Church by the front door for safety reasons.  Please be sure to used the marked parking spaces to ensure safety for all.


Student Absences
If your child is ill and will not be attending CCD, please call the Office of Religious Education at 973-532-0272.  Sports or cultural activities will not be considered an excused absence.


CCD Closings

If inclement weather causes parish religious education classes to be cancelled, announcements will be broadcast on Channel 5 or 7, WRKO 680AM. Cancellations are called into the stations by 7AM .


Expectations for Students

1.      Sit in your assigned seat.

2.      Raise your hand and wait for the teacher to call on you before speaking.

3.      No one may leave the room without the teacher's explicit permission.

4.      All assigned homework must be completed neatly and returned on the required date.

5.      Bring into class any item(s) that the teacher requests of you.

6.      Behave at all times in the classroom, hallways, parish building, parking lot, bathrooms, stairwells, church and on the entire parish property.

7.      You must attend all CCD classes. 

8.      No gum chewing, eating candy or food is allowed in the classroom or in church.

9.      You may not use your cell phone, or text anyone in the classroom, in church, hallways, bathrooms or in the building.


Seating for Mass

Students in grades K-6 will sit with their teacher for Mass.   When Mass is over, the teacher will walk the students out to the front door of the church where parents may pick them up.


First Holy Communion


The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is a two year program at Our Lady of Fatima Church spanning the 1st and 2nd grades. Holy Communion is generally celebrated in the month of May or early June. There are usually two Parent Meetings that are mandatory: one for the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation) and the other for the Sacrament of First Communion. These meetings are important because they offer an explanation of the parent's role in the preparation of the children for the Sacraments. Workbooks for both Sacraments are distributed at these meetings. Older children who have not received the Sacraments of Penance and First Communion will be ministered to on an individual basis. Please notify Fr. Christopher if your child is in grade 3 or above and has not received these Sacraments, so that necessary arrangements can be made.


Because of the seriousness of this Sacrament, regular Mass and class attendance and parental involvement are essential.


The expectation for each child preparing for the celebration of this Sacrament is:

·         Must be baptized.

·         Participate regularly in Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation with their families.

·         Have completed two consecutive years of religious formational instruction.

·         Have a satisfactory attendance record (4 or more absences during First Communion year may necessitate additional preparation).

·         Have an appreciation and understanding of the Sacrament appropriate for the age level and ability.


The expectation for parents who choose to have their children celebrate this Sacrament is:

·         Be registered in the parish.

·         Know and support the teaching of the church.

·         Be personally involved in your child’s preparation by attending parent meetings and other scheduled activities.

·         Oversee the child’s participation in the homework books, retreat days, and all practices.



Sexual Harassment Policy: We will respond promptly to complaints of sexual harassment. Staff and students are encouraged to report any inappropriate conversation or contact to Fr. Christopher.  Each report will be investigated.  Parish Administration, police and legal representation will be involved as deemed necessary. We will act promptly to eliminate inappropriate conduct and impose corrective action as is necessary, including suspension, dismissal and criminal prosecution.


Sexual Abuse Policy:  A new state mandated reporting law was signed by Governor Swift on May 3, 2002 .  This law requires a priest, deacon, pastoral, lay or volunteer staff person to report abuse and neglect to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.  


Safe Environment Plan: In order to maintain a safe environment, all volunteers in our program have been screened, signed a CORI Request annually, and participated in Child Abuse Prevention Training. Your Catechists are prepared to report any suspected allegations of abuse in accordance with Archdiocesan Policy.



"Train up a child

in the way he should go:

And when he is old,

he will not depart from it."

Proverbs 22:6





N.B. Those formally enrolled in our Religious Education Program, agree to follow all of these policies and procedures outlined in this handbook.  The Administration reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time as needed.  And if this occurs, parents will be notified.

Level One Prayers (grades K through 2)


The Trinity:  God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit


The Sign of the Cross:  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


The Our Father:   Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Hail Mary:  Hail Mary, full of Grace! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.


Glory Be to the Father:  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


An Act of Contrition:  O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.


How to Go to Confession

1.      Kneel down and bless yourself.

2.      Say “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been __ since my last confession and these are my sins.”)

3.      Listen to the priest as he talks to you and gives you a penance.

4.      Say the Act of Contrition.

5.      As the priest blesses you, make the sign of the cross and say “amen” when the priest gives you absolution.

6.      Thank the priest before leaving the confessional and say your penance in Church right away.


The Ten Commandments

1.      I am the Lord Your God, you shall have no other gods before me.

2.      You shall not take the Lord’s Name in vain.

3.      Keep holy the Sabbath.

4.      Honor your father and mother.

5.      You shall not kill.

6.      You shall not commit adultery.

7.      You shall not steal.

8.      You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9.      You shall not covet your neighbors’ wife.

10.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.



The Seven Sacraments

1.      Baptism

2.      Penance

3.      First Holy Communion

4.      Confirmation

5.      Matrimony

6.      Holy Orders

7.      Anointing of the Sick



Level Two Prayers (grades 3 through 6)


Penitential Rite (Confiteor):  I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.


Gloria: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise You, we bless You, we adore You, we glorify You, we give You thanks for Your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Liturgy of the Word

Response to “The Word of the Lord”:  Thanks be to God

Response to “A reading from the holy Gospel according to N.”:  Glory to You, O Lord”

Response to “The Gospel of the Lord”: “Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ”


Nicene Creed:  I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,  who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of the Altar

Priest: “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and work of human hands, it will become for us the Bread of Life.” Response:   “Blessed be God forever.”

Priest: “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.” Response:   “Blessed be God forever.”

Priest: “Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father” Response:   May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.


Preface Dialogue

Priest: “The Lord be with you.” Response:   “And with your spirit.”

Priest: “Lift up your hearts.” Response: We lift them up to the Lord.”

Priest: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” Response:   “It is right and just.”


Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


Mystery of Faith

Priest: “The mystery of faith.” Response:   We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again. Or When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your death, O Lord, until you come again.  Or  Save us, Savior of the world, for by Your Cross and Resurrection, You have set us free.


Sign of Peace

Priest: “The peace of the Lord be with you always.” Response:   “And with your spirit.”


Invitation to Communion

Priest: “Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.”

Response:   “Lord, I am not worthy  that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word  and my soul shall be healed.”


Concluding Rites

Priest: “The Lord be with you.” Response:   “And with your spirit.”



Level Three Prayers (grades 7 and higher)


The Rosary


Apostles’ Creed: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who  was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father


Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.



Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.


Prayer to Conclude the Rosary

O God, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the reward of eternal life. Grant, we beseech thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.



Mysteries of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries (Monday and Saturday)

1.      The Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary

2.      The Visitation of Mary to Her Cousin Elizabeth

3.      The Birth of Jesus

4.      The Presentation of the Baby Jesus in the Temple

5.      The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple


Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday and Friday)

1.      The Agony of Jesus in the Garden

2.      The Scourging at the Pillar

3.      The Crowning with Thorns

4.      The Carrying of the Cross

5.      The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus


Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday and Sunday)

1.      The Resurrection of Jesus

2.      The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven

3.      The Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost

4.      The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Body and Soul into Heaven

5.      The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth


Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

1.      The Baptism of Jesus

2.      The Wedding Feast at Cana

3.      The Proclamation of the Kingdom and the Call to Conversion

4.      The Transfiguration

5.      The Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist


Memorare:  Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of Virgins, my mother; to you do I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the Word Incarnate: despite not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer them. Amen.  


Come Holy Spirit:  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Let us pray: O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may always be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolation, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


St. Michael the Archangel : St. Michael the Archangel , defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all of the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen



1.      Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2.      Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

3.      Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

4.      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

5.      Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

6.      Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

7.      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

8.      Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.


Corporal Works of Mercy

To feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the homeless; visit the sick; visit the imprisoned; bury the dead


Spiritual Works of Mercy

To counsel the doubtful; instruct the ignorant; admonish the sinner; comfort the sorrowful; forgive all injuries; bear wrongs patiently; pray for the living and the dead

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