Religious Education

Photo of St Mary's ChurchReligious 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 (former Saint Mary School.) The Center contains our office, classroom spaces, an auditorium, meeting room and a prayer room. The office is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday during the day and on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings until 9 pm. Well-trained catechists are in place for each grade, with additional office help always available.

We are completely committed to the on-going prevention of sexual abuse and have totally implemented the curriculum for Talking About Touching and Keeping Children Safe. These safety programs are designed for students in grades K through 5. Catechists attend a training program in order to present this curriculum. In addition, our staff is trained to present the Protecting God’s Children Program for adults from VIRTUS.

Below please find a description of our faith formation programs for youth. Please contact us if you have questions or require any additional information.

Grades K – 5:
Our elementary school classes for grades 1 through 5 are offered on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:00 pm or K through 5th grade on Sundays from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Classes begin in September and continue weekly through the first week of May. Classes 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. We also offer preparation classes for these sacraments for ALL students who have had no prior formation. In addition, sacrament preparation is available to any person of any age.

Grades 6, 7 and 8:
Our middle school students attend class on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. Classes begin in September and continue through the first week of May. Middle school students enjoy a mix of classroom experiences and youth ministry evenings. We began this approach last year with rave reviews! By this we mean that half of our evenings are spent in small group class room sessions focusing on catechesis while the other half of our sessions are spent together learning how to live our faith. In other words, let’s take what we’re learning and put it into practice! These youth ministry evenings include guest speakers, service projects, peer teaching experiences, video and prayer experiences.

Grades 9 and 10:
Our high school students attend class on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. High school students also enjoy a mix of classroom experiences and youth ministry evenings. We began this approach last year with rave reviews! By this we mean that half of our evenings are spent in small group class room sessions focusing on catechesis while the other half of our sessions are spent together learning how to live our faith. In other words, let’s take what we’re learning and put it into practice! These youth ministry evenings include guest speakers, service projects, peer teaching experiences, video and prayer time.

Confirmation:
Our Confirmation program is considered a 2-year commitment built on the Archdiocesan guidelines of community, message, worship and service. We consider this 2-year commitment as grade 10 (as explained above) and grade 11. Grade 11 classes are also held on Tuesday evenings in small group classrooms focused strictly on Confirmation catechesis. Our grade 11 classes culminate in the celebration of Confirmation in December. 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 present our Confirmation retreat. This team is comprised of between 25 – 30 members including clergy, high school seniors, college students, young couples and adults of all ages! Our retreat takes place on a Saturday in our faith formation center from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm. Our Confirmation students commit themselves to service by providing aid to our Randolph Friendly Food Pantry and by volunteering in parish ministries and events.

Family Mass:
Family Masses are scheduled throughout the school year, usually every two weeks, 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. Family Masses are scheduled for the 10 am Mass on Sunday so that families can take advantage of “Mass and Class.” By this we mean that those in grades K through 5 registered for Sunday classes can attend Mass, hospitality and head down to class. Some of our Confirmation students perform service hours by assisting at Family Mass. ALL are welcome!

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 and wish to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation. Classes begin in October and take place weekly until the Easter Vigil. If interested, call (781) 961-5009.
Adult Education

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Adult Confirmation preparation is also offered at St. Mary Parish.  Each fall for four evenings those interested gather together for classes centered on creed, morality, liturgy & sacraments including Confirmation and prayer.  Those attending receive Confirmation in December at our parish celebration of Confirmation.

Adult Education is offered through our monthly discussion group which takes place in our Church Hall and is attended by Fr. Phil, Fr. Ixon or our Deacon Jonathan Mosely.

We also have an adult faith sharing group currently taking place.  This group is using resources from Renew International’s ARISE program centered on, “Gathering Together in Christ.”  All are welcome. For more information, please contact Patty O’Connor at (781) 961-5009.


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