Religious Education

Registation for the 2017-2018 Religious Education program is now open!  Similar to last year, you are able to register and pay for your child's registration online using the link below.

Please note, if you register online and click the submit button you will be taken to a screen that will allow you to make an online payment for the religious education fee.  If you prefer to mail in your registration fee after registering online (or after you hit the submit button), simply exit this screen before entering the payment information.  Please remember to note that the payment is for religious education if you are mailing a check or dropping it off at the Parish Office at 14 Summer Street in Saugus.

2017-2018 Saugus Catholics Online Registration Form Click here

 

This registration form is for either St. Margaret's or Blessed Sacrament programs.  If you prefer to print out and mail your registeration form or drop it at the office, you may download a PDF of the form here

We also ask your permission for your child's photos to be used in some of our communications vehicles (website, bulletin, etc.) and we will need your permission for your child to participate in our Child Safety program, Talking About Touching, for Grades 1 through 5.  We need signatures for these approvals so please download, print and sign this form and return it to the office at 14 Summer Street, Saugus, MA 01906 . Click here to download the form.

Schedules for the fall are available at the other link under the Religious Education tab from the Home Page.  Fees for the program are as follows:

$85 for grades 1-6 / $125 for grades 7 & 8 / $150 for grades 9 & 10. Maximum per family is $225.

A message from the Pastor

Dear Parent of Guardian,

As parents or guardians, you are the first teachers in the ways of faith.  You are the ones who introduce God and church to your children.  At the Baptism of your child, there was a blessing prayed over you as parents which sums it up nicely; “GOD IS THE GIVER OF ALL LIFE, HUMAN AND DIVINE.  MAY HE BLESS THE PARENTS OF THIS CHILD.  THEY WILL BE THE FIRST TEACHERS OF THEIR CHILD IN THE WAYS OF FAITH.  MAY THEY BE ALSO THE BEST OF TEACHERS, BEARING WITNESS TO THE FAITH BY WHAT THEY SAY AND DO, IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD.’

As pastor, I am here to support your efforts.  During the nearly three years I have been here, Donna Zinna, Carol Nadeau, Scott Morin and I, with the help of the Religious Education Advisory Board, have made and will continue to make adjustments to the program to strengthen it.

Our goal is to compliment the faith foundation you have given your child(ren).  The goal of the Religious Education Program is to enable the children to come to know better the faith of the Catholic Church, but also to deepen a relationship with God.  It has been my experience that it is in relationship with God that we are enabled to handle the joys and the challenges of life.

This goal cannot be reached unless we work together.  The students are in class for a limited period of time.  Without the support and encouragement of the family at home, the class time is of little value.  I have noticed over the past few years the increase in families participating in Sunday Liturgy.  This is a welcome change.  Yet there are still the majority of families who do not participate.  During the coming year, we will be exploring ways to improve the approach to faith formation for the Saugus Catholics Collaborative in the academic year 2018-2019.  Our goal is to make it a more family oriented program that will encourage families to grow together in faith and participation in their faith.  During this upcoming academic year we will continue to offer the grade level liturgies and the weekly Youth Mass at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings.  The Eucharist is the backbone and fiber of our faith and unless the children come to appreciate it; there is little gained in religious education classes.  

Children learn by repetition and example.  Prayer should be part of a child’s everyday experience.  A child should know how to bless oneself, and to say the Our Father by the time he/she enters religious education classes.  The Religious Education Staff and the priests will support your efforts but we cannot do it by ourselves.

We have decided to begin the registration process early this year in the hope that class lists can be developed, books and materials can be ordered and the necessary recruitment of teachers can be accomplished before the end of summer.

The religious education fees will remain the same for this year and once again there will be no fee for the families of religious education teachers.  The registration fee does not cover the cost of the program so we continue to ask for your support of the Weekly Offertory Collection so that we can maintain and continue to improve our program.

On June 7th, at Blessed Sacrament, there will be an ice cream social at which one can make his/her own ice cream sundae, register for the program, learn what is involved in teaching a class or volunteering in another way, and learn more about the program. 

Remember children learn much more from what they see than from what they hear.  Family worship at Sunday liturgies and parental involvement in the program is imperative to the development of your child’s knowledge of his/her faith and relationship with God.

Enclosed is a Religious Education registration form for the coming year.  Registration fees are $85 per child for grades 1-6; $125 per child for grades 7 & 8 and $150 per child for grades 9 & 10.  The family limit is $225.  Please fill out the form and return it to the Collaborative Office at 14 Summer Street along with your registration fee.  You can also register and pay the fee online by going to our website at www.sauguscatholcis.org.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Rev. Timothy J Kelleher

Pastor

Blessed Sacrament/St. Margaret

!4 Summer Street

Saugus, Massachusetts 01906

 

 


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