Attention St. Joseph Parishioners and Religious Education Students!

As we await the re-opening of our churches and schools, we want to provide you with helpful and inspiring prayers, so that you continue growing in your faith and spiritual strength.

Click on the link below to access some common and beautiful catholic prayers.

     Traditional Catholic Prayers

Also, as we all prepare for the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter, it is important to keep focused on the meaning of Lent.  The following are some activities and information to get us through this important and solemn time.  Let's remember that the 40 days of Lent help pave the way to the glorious feast of the Resurrection, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, bringing us closer to God every day.

Click on the link below to download.

     Making Lent More Meaningful to Children

Finally, to all our school and Religious Education families. Now more than ever, it is important to instill the faith in our children.  Please review with them, the Lent and Easter chapters on their religion books, and help them fill their hearts with the love of Christ.  Let's remember that Jesus gave His life, so that we may all live!

We have been notified by the Archdiocese of Hartford that our schools will remain closed at least until April 30th.  We thank you for your efforts in keeping your children safe, happy and motivated through this difficult times.

God bless,

Kimberlee Donahue

Director of Religious Education


 

Our Religious Education program offers classes for children in the age groups from Pre K 4 - 10th Grade.  Our classes are led by well prepared catechists and aides, who are also VIRTUS trained and background checked. 

Our students are immersed in a scope and sequence based learning of our Catholic faith.  We aim to "expand on a child's understanding and love for Jesus and His Church, to introduce the concept that with Grace it is possible for us to act as images of God here on Earth, and to live with God someday in Heaven."  In other words, it's a learning journey that prepares for a life in Heaven.  Most importantly, our children learn that "we can truly encounter the person of Jesus in the Sacrament, and that Jesus transforms us for the better through the grace of the Sacraments."

In order to have a true understanding of the mystery of our Faith, we believe it is important not only to hear and learn, but also to take part in the Sunday Liturgy.  We encourage our students and their families to attend Mass on a weekly basis.  

If you would like to find out more about our program, please call our office at 860-582-2888.

 


ATTENTION:  

RCIA (RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS) CLASSES ARE NOW IN SESSION.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, PLEASE STOP BY THE OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OR CALL US AT 860-582-2888.  YOU MAY ALSO E-MAIL US HERE


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

Save the Date!!!

March, 2020 - Vacation Bible School  will once again be held at St. Joseph Parish. This year's theme is Rocky Railway - Jesus' Power Pulls Us Through.  Plan your vacation and join us from July 13th through July 18th.

In order to reserve your spot, or to learn more about VBS, please e-mail Kimberlee Donahue, Director of Religious Education, or call us at 860-582-2888.

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Pre-K Program Available in Religious Education

September, 2018 - It is with great pleasure we announce that we have now added a Pre-K 4 class to our Religious Education Program.  Pre-K 4 through Grade 8, and Confirmation I (Grade 9) student registrations can be made by calling the office of Religious Education at 860-582-2888, or by filling out our registration form on this site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to all the children who received their First Communion, on Saturday, May 12, 2019! 

May the light of the Lord shine bright in all your ways, and may you continue to receive Jesus with the same piety and enthusiasm as when you did on the day of your First Communion.

Congratulations To All Who Were Confirmed!

This past May 17th, 37 young men and women received the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Confirmation: Wisdom, Understanding, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Wonder and Awe in God’s presence. Archbishop Leonard Blair anointed the Candidates with Holy Chrism, and extended his hands over each one of them and said, "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit."

With its powerful effects and vibrant symbols, Confirmation is considered to be one of God's great gifts to Catholics. Please keep all our candidates in your prayers.