REGISTERING FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AT ST. TERESA OF AVILA
 
Attendance
It is important that each student attend classes on a regular basis in order that there is continuity in their faith formation. Satisfactory completion of each grade level is required in order for our children to be adequately prepared to receive their sacraments and grow "to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:13). Should it become necessary for your child to miss a class, they must complete any assignments that were missed at class. You can access their weekly class assignments here.
 
According to Archdiocesan regulations, attendance at and completion of First and Second Grade courses is a prerequisite for entry into the Third Grade Sacramental Program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If you have any questions please call or email Carol Moriarty at the Office of Religious Education, 203-263-2008, ext.11.

November is “Religious Education Month”
“The Church has always considered catechesis one of her primary tasks, for before Christ ascended to his Father after his resurrection, He gave the apostles a final command- - -to make disciples of all nations and to teach them to observe all that he had commanded. He thus entrusted them with the mission and the power to proclaim to humanity what they had heard, what they had seen with their eyes, what they had looked upon and touched with their hands, concerning the Word of Life. He also entrusted them with the mission and the power to explain with authority what he had taught them, His words and actions, His signs and commandments. And He gave them the Spirit to fulfill this mission.” (Catechesis Tradendae, #1)

St. Teresa of Avila Parish believes that our catechetical ministry is a share in Jesus’ own mission of proclaiming the living Word of God. Catechesis is the activity, which enables faith to become living, conscious and active through the light of instruction- - -especially sharing God’s Word in scripture and sharing the tradition of the Catholic Church. Catechesis is a life-long process for each individual, as well as, the work of the entire Catholic Christian Community.

The church assists parents in passing on their faith through the ministry of catechesis. Catechists echo the Catholic faith in a way that those being catechized (children, youth, and adults) can understand. Catechists must do more than merely teach about the faith. They help children/youth to build and strengthen their relationship with Jesus and the Church. Catechists do this by proclaiming the Word, building a sense of community, leading to prayer and worship, encouraging loving service to others and through the example of their own lives.

Our catechists are volunteers form all walks of life. They are people who have answered a call to minister to our children/youth and who are preparing themselves in a variety of ways to serve as catechists. Above all, they are people for whom faith is important enough to share.

Catechetical ministry seeks to open our children and youth to the discovery of the love, goodness and beauty of God as reflected in their world and one another, within the context of the Catholic Christian Community. It seeks to help them grow further in their faith, their understanding of our Catholic tradition, our unity, in Christ and the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.


Goals

The goals of St. Teresa of Avila’s Religious Education Program are:
   †   Ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
   †   Full participation in the life of the Catholic Church.
   †   To foster community among the children, their families and the larger parish community.
   †  To teach our children to be good stewards of the gifts God has given them, by using those gifts in
their families, parish and community.

Parent’s Role
Parents are the primary religious educators of their children. They serve as models for their children. From the earliest years of a child’s life, a parent’s values are more caught then taught. Young children often imitate their parents. We are eager to work with parents and assist you in the faith development of your children. We encourage parents‘participation and cooperation in the following ways:
  †   Celebrate Sunday Mass regularly with your children/youth. Talk about the Sunday readings and homily
and what they mean to you.
  †   Become a volunteer in our program.
  †   Participate actively in the sacramental and community life of the parish. Get involved in community 
service with your family.
   †   Establish family rituals and celebrations. Bless your children. Pray with them. Help them to memorize
the traditional prayers of the church.
   †   Attend parents meetings, workshops, and adult enrichment programs.
   †   Familiarize yourself with scheduled catechetical sessions and events for your children/youth in
the parish; assure your child’s punctual and regular attendance at Religious Education classes.
   †   Enthrone a Bible in your home and display other religious symbols. 

THE REGISTRATION PROCESS

The links below will lead you to all the documents necessary to get your child started in our Religious Education program.

  • Registration Letter
  • Registration Form
  • Religious Education Handbook
  • Religious Education Schedule K-9 2016-2017

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