May 13, 2020
Dear Religious Education Families:
We hope you are all well. Here at St. Joseph Office of Religious Education, we are committed to ensuring our children receive their sacraments as they had hoped, and for which they have been preparing for. We will keep you posted as information becomes available as to what arrangements will be made so the children may receive. We keep you all in our prayers and we hope you are making good use of the resources we have shared to continue your child's preparation for his/her upcoming baptism, communion or confirmation.
God bless you all!
April 29, 2020
Dear children and families of our St. Joseph Religious Education Program:
As we continue to "stay home" due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we'd like you to know, that we are thinking of you and praying for your well being. While we know this time is difficult for so many of you because you miss the flow of a normal life, we hope that you are remembering Jesus every day. He is the light of the world! It is more important than ever to stay hopeful and to remember and say the prayers that you have learned in Religious Education and with your parents. It is also very important to continue to nourish your souls with good Catholic practices, like daily Bible reading and reflection, and with activities that could involve the whole family, like doing an act of kindness for someone in need.
You might want to send a note of encouragement to our elderly residents living at The Pines. They have not been able to receive visitors for a few weeks now, and would very much appreciate your letters. Feel free to write to them at the following address:
61 Bellevue Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010
Also Check out http://catholicmom.com/ for information and fun activities that you and your family can enjoy during the quarantine.
Here's also a little prayer you may want to say everyday:
Angel of God
My guardian dear
To whom this love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide.
God bless you all!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.