Religious Education

Our Vision

   Our religious education program here at St. Patrick Parish is geared to helping each child or young person develop a personal relationship with Jesus.  Only when that relationship is established can that person then begin to understand and make sense of our rich Catholic Christian Faith.  Most important in the formation of that relationship is helping every young person to encounter Christ through prayer.  Prayer is the door that opens the mind to be able to process what our faith teaches us and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus in our world.
     As parents of your child, you have a central role in helping foster this relationship with the Lord by bringing your family to Sunday Mass every week, praying with your children at home, and going over the content of your child's religious education materials with them.  Only by taking an active interest in their faith formation will they come to see the invaluable treasure that is our faith.  Faith is not something we do, but our lived relationship with the Lord Jesus.  We must live this faith not as individuals but as one parish family.

One Faith, Two Models of Formation

     We are blessed to be able to offer faith formation under two models: both in the traditional classroom setting (CCD) as well as through the Montessori-based curriculum of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Depending on your child's gifts and talents, you may choose to enroll your child in either program.  Regardless of the catechetical method, children will celebrate their Sacraments of Initiation together with the whole parish family.  See the sidebar for more information on each curriculum.

Ministry Assistance

     Faith Formation is an ongoing process involving the entire family. We are always in need of assistance.  When registering your child for religious education, please indicate on the registration form the areas in which you may be able to assist in this ministry. We will be sure to use your talents at the same day and time as your child/children's religious education activities.  We need and welcome your help!

  • Full Time Catechist (do not pay tuition)
  • Assistant Catechist (pay half tuition)
  • Substitute Catechist
  • Babysit for Catechists during class
  • Hospitality (set up, serve, clean up at receptions following First Communion and Confirmation)


Registration
     
Please click here to register for religious education online.  You will have the option to submit payment online or to pay by check at the end of the registration process.  Click here if you wish to download a pdf version of the registration form and mail it in to the parish office with your payment.  Registrations and payments should be mailed to St. Patrick Parish, 40 School Street, Newport, NH  03773.
       If your child is preparing to celebrate First Holy Communion or Confirmation this year, please take care to fulfill additional these steps:

1. In addition to filling out and submitting the Faith Formation Registration Form above, please fill out the appropriate Sacramental Intake Form(s) as well.  For First Holy Communion, click here.  For Confirmation, click here.
 
2. If your child was baptized in a parish other than St. Patrick, you will need to request a recent copy of his or her Baptismal Certificate from the parish in which he or she was baptized.  It must be impressed with the parish seal and may not be dated prior to June 1, 2018.

3. Sponsors of Confirmation candidates from other parishes must submit Certificates of Eligibility from their pastors at the start of the Religious Education year.  A Certificate of Eligibility is the statement of the sponsor's pastor that he or she is eligible to act as a sponsor for a sacrament.  This means that the individual being considered must have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), if married, the marriage has been celebrated in the Catholic Church, and that he or she regularly practices his or her faith by worshiping at Holy Mass every Sunday.  

     Please direct any questions you may have regarding registration requirements to the Director of Faith Formation at 603-863-1422x5.  

2018-2019 Religious Education Calendars

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level I, Ages 3-6 & Level II, Ages 6-9

Regular classes will be held on Fridays at Assumption Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 PM, with the following exceptions:

September 21 - Parent Meeting
September 28 - Catechist Inservice, NO CGS
October 5 - First Session
October 12
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 9 – Veterans' Day, NO CGS
November 16
November 23 – Thanksgiving Break, NO CGS
November 30
December 7
December 14
December 21
December 28 – Christmas Break, NO CGS
January 4
January 11
January 18
January 25
February 1
February 8

February 15 - Winter Break, NO CGS
February 22
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 23 - Reconciliation Retreat 8AM*
March 29
March 30 - First Reconciliation 9AM*
April 5
April 12
April 19 - Good Friday, NO CGS
April 26 - Easter Break, NO CGS

April 27 - Confirmation Retreat 8AM*
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24 - Final Session
June 15 - Confirmation Rehearsals 9:30AM or 10:30AM*
June 16 - Confirmation 1:30PM or 4PM*

Important Dates for Level II

*March 23, 2019 - First Reconciliation Retreat will be held at St. Patrick Church & Hall from 8AM to 12PM.
*March 30, 2019 - First Reconciliation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 9AM.
*April 27, 2019 - Confirmation Retreat will be held at St. Patrick Church & Hall from 8AM to 12PM.
*June 15, 2019 - Confirmation Rehearsals will be held at 9:30AM and 10:30AM in St. Patrick Church. Confirmation candidates and sponsors must attend the rehearsal to which they are assigned.
*June 16, 2019 - Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 1:30PM and 4PM.


Elementary School CCD
Grades 4 & 7

Regular classes will be held on Fridays at Assumption Hall from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, with the following exceptions:

September 14 - Parent Meeting
September 21 - NO CLASS
September 28 - First Class
October 5
October 12
October 19
October 26
November 2
November 4 - Grade 7 NET Retreat 1:30PM*
November 9 – Veterans' Day, NO CLASS
November 16
November 23 – Thanksgiving Break, NO CLASS
November 30
December 7
December 14
December 21
December 28 – Christmas Break, NO CLASS
January 4
January 11
January 18
January 25

February 1
February 8
February 15
February 22
March 1 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29
April 5
April 12
April 19 - Good Friday, NO CLASS
April 26 - Easter Break, NO CLASS

April 27 - Grade 4 Confirmation Retreat 8AM*
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24 - Final class
June 15 - Confirmation Rehearsal 9:30AM or 10:30AM*
June 16 -Confirmation 1:30PM or 4PM*

Important Dates for 4th & 7th Grade

*November 4, 2019 - 7th grade NET Retreat will be held at LaSalette from 1:30-7:30PM
*April 27, 2019 - 4th grade Confirmation Retreat will be held at St. Patrick Church & Hall from 8AM to 12PM.
*June 15, 2019 - Confirmation Rehearsals will be held at 9:30AM and 10:30AM in St. Patrick Church. Confirmation candidates and sponsors must attend the rehearsal to which they are assigned.
*June 16, 2019 - Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 1:30PM and 4PM.

Grades 5 & 8

Regular classes will be held on Tuesdays at Assumption Hall from 4:00 to 5:30 PM, with the following exceptions:

September 18 - Parent Meeting
September 25 - First Class
October 2
October 9
October 16
October 23
October 30
November 4 - Grade 8 NET Retreat 1:30PM*
November 6 – Election Day, NO CLASS
November 13
November 20 – Thanksgiving Break, NO CLASS
November 27
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25 – Christmas Break, NO CLASS
January 1 – New Year's Day, NO CLASS
January 8
January 15
January 22
January 29
February 5
February 12

February 19
February 22 - Grade 8 Confirmation Retreat 6:30PM*
February 23 - Grade 8 Confirmation Retreat 8:30AM*
February 26 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
March 5
March 12
March 19
March 26
April 2
April 9
April 16 - Holy Week, NO CLASS
April 23 - Easter Break, NO CLASS

April 27 - Grade 5 Confirmation Retreat 8AM*
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21 - Final Class
June 15 - Confirmation Rehearsals 9:30AM or 10:30AM*
June 16 - Confirmation 1:30PM or 4PM*

 

Important Dates for 5th & 8th Grade

*November 4, 2019 - 8th grade NET Retreat will be held at LaSalette from 1:30-7:30PM
*February 22 & 23, 2019 - 8th grade Confirmation Retreat will be held at Assumption Hall on Friday from 6:30PM to 9:15PM and on Saturday from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. Attendance is required for all candidates.
*April 27, 2019 - 5th grade Confirmation Retreat will be held at St. Patrick Church & Hall from 8AM to 12PM.
*June 15, 2019 - Confirmation Rehearsals will be held at 9:30AM and 10:30AM in St. Patrick Church. Confirmation candidates and sponsors must attend the rehearsal to which they are assigned.
*June 16, 2019 - Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 1:30PM and 4PM.

 

HIGH SCHOOL CCD
Grades 9-12

Regular classes will be held on Sundays at Assumption Hall from 5:00 to 6:30PM, with the following exceptions:

October 21 - Parent Night*
October 28 - Sponsor Night*
November 4 - NET Retreat 1:30PM*
November 11 - Veteran's Day, NO CLASS
November 18
November 25 – Thanksgiving Break, NO CLASS
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23 – Christmas Break, NO CLASS
December 30 - Christmas Break, NO CLASS
January 6
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 17 - Winter Break, NO CLASS
February 22 - Teen Confirmation Retreat 6:30PM*

February 23 - Teen Confirmation Retreat 8:30AM*
February 24 - NO CLASS
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7
April 14 - Palm Sunday, NO CLASS
April 21 - Easter Sunday, NO CLASS
April 28
May 5
May 12 – Mother's Day, NO CLASS
May 19
May 26
June 15 - Confirmation Rehearsals 9:30AM or 10:30AM*
June 16 - Confirmation 1:30PM or 4PM*

Important Dates for High Schoolers

*October 21, 2018 - Parents attend this class with the candidates.
*October 28, 2018 - All sponsors attend this class with the candidates.
*November 4, 2019 - NET Retreat will be held at LaSalette from 1:30-7:30PM
*February 22 & 23, 2019 - Teen Confirmation Retreat will be held at Assumption Hall on Friday from 6:30PM to 9:15PM and on Saturday from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. Attendance is required for all candidates.
*June 15, 2019 - Confirmation Rehearsals will be held at 9:30AM and 10:30AM in St. Patrick Church. Confirmation candidates and sponsors must attend the rehearsal to which they are assigned.
*June 16, 2019 - Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 1:30PM and 4PM.

 

Sessions
     All classes take place at Assumption Hall

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Level I Ages 3-6, Level II Ages 6-9

Fridays, 3:30-5:30 PM
Elementary School CCD
Grades 4 & 7

Fridays, 4:00-5:30 PM
Grades 5, 6 & 8
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 PM
High School CCD Grades 9-12
Sundays, 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuition

1-3 children $75.00 per child
4+ children: $250.00

Make checks payable to: St. Patrick Parish or submit payment online.

Curricula

Classroom Model
Our classroom sessions for grades 1-8 use the Alive in Christ series published by Our Sunday Visitor.  What makes this series significant is that it invites the children to hear God’s invitation to a personal relationship through His Word, helps them discover and learn the Church’s teaching in precise theological language, and teaches them how to live as Catholic disciples.  The unique catechetical process in Alive in Christ intentionally mirrors the Divine Pedagogy—forming Catholic identity and leading children and families to understand and live a life of discipleship.  Check out the video below to see Alive in Christ in action.

In high school, Life Teen's One Eight program is used to facilitate our young people's understanding and experience of the Holy Spirit who will seal them with His seven-fold gifts when they receive the Sacrament.  The goal of this preparation is transformation, not graduation.  It is about making life-long disciples ready to receive the strengthening gifts of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation so they are ready to live their faith, witness to Jesus, and go forth to make disciples in the world.

Steubenville East is Life Teen's summer youth gathering.  Although not required as part of Confirmation preparation, we highly encourage all young people beginning in the ninth grade to experience this gathering of thousands of young people from all over New England to celebrate their faith and deepen their relationship with the Lord.

 

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