Religious Education Contact Information:
30 Seton Way, Randolph, MA • (781) 961-5009 • ReligiousEd@stmaryrandolph.org
Our classes and workshops are held at our Religious Education Center, located at 30 Seton Way, Randolph. The Center contains our office, classroom space, an auditorium, meeting rooms and a prayer room. The office is open Tuesday through Friday during regular office hours, and on Tuesday and Wednesday evening until 9 pm. Well-trained catechists are in place for each grade, with additional office help always available. In addition, we are completely committed to the on-going prevention of sexual abuse, and have totally implemented the curriculum for Keeping Children and Youth Safe. Below please find a description of our faith formation program. Please contact us if you have questions or require any additional information.
Grades K – 6:
Our Elementary classes – K through 6th grade – are offered on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, from September through May. Classes are 75 minutes long, and include time for relational ministry, catechesis and prayer. Various grades are invited to participate in workshops offered during the year on such topics as sacraments and about being Christ-like.
The sacraments of Penance and Eucharist are typically celebrated in grade two, after a two year period of preparation. A class is also available for young elementary students who have had no prior formation. In addition, sacrament preparation is available to any person of any age.
Grades 7 and 8:
Our junior high students attend class on Wednesday evening, with our high school students in attendance on Tuesday evening. Our Peer Leaders are instrumental in hosting several large group topics using video clips, witness, discussion and story telling to enhance catechetical themes with scripture woven into each session. Classes are 75 minutes long, and include time for relational ministry, catechesis and prayer.
Our Confirmation program is a two-year commitment built on the Archdiocesan guidelines of community, message, worship and service. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings and culminate in the celebration of Confirmation in late fall of grade 11. Not only are we interested in our young people developing a sense of belonging in the Catholic Church, but we as a parish are called to express our interest in our youth. This is evident in the adults who step forward to teach and in our intergenerational team, who handle our Confirmation retreat. Our young people commit themselves to service in providing aid to a food pantry and building Easter baskets for a homeless shelter.
Family Mass is scheduled throughout the school year, with our students and families volunteering for a host of ministries. After Mass, we gather socially with coffee, juice and doughnuts in our church hall.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic Faith and way of life. This process also includes adults who may have been Baptized but not catechized. Classes begin in October and take place weekly until the Easter Vigil. This same process in offered for children over the age of seven. If interested, call (781) 961-5009.
Adult Education is offered during the school year on a variety of topics. One favorite adult group is our book club which focuses on a new book each semester, culminating in some lively discussions!