Religious Education

Photo of St Mary's ChurchReligious Education Contact Information:
30 Seton Way, Randolph, MA • (781) 961-5009 • ReligiousEd@stmaryrandolph.org

Download the Fall 2020 Registration Newsletter.

Faith Formation has taken on a whole new look for the Fall of 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic. When our classes stopped in March, we worked hard at phone calling families several times to check in with them. We began sending out weekly updates with information on live stream for attending Mass. Message and Music was put in place on the live stream for families to hear a message from Fr. Phil with music that all could sing along with. As we opened for Masses in the Church we continued to send out weekly emails with updates well into the summer. Now, what about the Fall and Religious Education?

The end of August we polled our parents concerning Religious Education for this fall. We asked questions regarding in person classes, a hybrid approach or remote learning. We were delighted to hear from so many families! Almost all indicated they would be registering their young people and the majority desired remote learning. This poll made the decision easy!

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS FALL
Our Religious Education will begin this fall with remote learning. Parents from Kindergarten through grade 11 (Confirmation) have two choices. They can indicate they would like their student to learn through Zoom class with a catechist or they can teach their students at home. To make this transition easy for everyone, we are switching to a product called Pflaum Gospel Weeklies that comes in weekly magazine lessons. These lessons are available in actual magazine form or online. We will be arranging a pickup time for parents/guardians to obtain the magazines.

HOW TO REGISTER
A packet was mailed to all parents/guardians who attended class for 2019-2020. Parents/Guardians are asked to return the updated Student Form sheet(s) along with payment in the stamped self-addressed envelope. If desired, credit/debit payment is also available by simply calling our office at 781 961-5009. Parents could also opt to call 781 961-5009 to update forms and make a payment.

NEW AND NEED TO REGISTER
We would love to register your family for faith formation with Zoom class. We have Zoom class available for grades K through Confirmation (grade ten and eleven). Registration information and forms can be found on the homepage – click the ribbon at the top – “please visit our ‘news page’ for the latest information. Forms can be emailed to POCstmaryrandolph@gmail.com or mailed to St. Mary Religious Education at 30 Seton Way. You can also register by phone or simply ask questions at 781 961-5009.

WHEN WILL ZOOM CLASSES BE HELD
We are continuing to work with the same class schedules:

Grades K thru 5 – Zoom class will be held on Sundays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. This allows families to attend the 10 am Mass or to live stream Mass. Zoom class will take place after Mass.
Grades 6 – 8 – Zoom class will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm.
Grades 9 – 11 – Zoom class will be help on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm. Grade 11 is Confirmation preparation and ends the beginning of December. We do not have an exact Confirmation date yet but is typically held the beginning of December.

FIRST PENANCE AND FIRST COMMUNION
Zoom classes are also available for First Penance and First Communion preparation. Simply follow the registration procedure above. For more information please do not hesitate to call 781 961-5009.

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
As noted above, Confirmation Zoom classes will be held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm. We do not have an exact Confirmation date yet but is typically held the beginning of December. Please follow the registration procedure listed under NEW AND NEED TO REGISTER.

RCIA
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. If interested, please call (781 963-4142 or call (781) 961-5009.