Welcome to St. Paul’s Catholic Faith Community! Many blessings to you and your family.

The goal of St. Paul’s Religious Education is provide support to all who seek to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Our elementary education program supports parents in the faith formation of their children. We hope to provide an enriching class experience which will give our children the knowledge of the Roman Catholic faith in order to participate fully at the holy sacrifice of Mass and appreciate the presence of God in their daily life.

Our Confirmation program focuses on preparing our young adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation and to develop their role as active members of the parish community. For any individual who has gaps in their religious education and wishes to receive any missing sacraments, please contact the religious education office at 508-883-2590 or by email at religioused@stpaulblackstone.org.

We firmly believe that God created us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him and others in this world and to be happy with Him in the world to come. It is through God’s love and our love for Him that we can grow into a true disciple of Christ. St. Paul’s Religious Education Programs are designed to provide a foundation for strong discipleship in each individual. We emphasize the three facets of prayer, study and Christian action which support a vibrant faith. It is our hope that through education, we may enable people to live joyfully; confident of the presence of Jesus in their life.

Class Times for 2014-2015 School Year:

All sessions begin with mass, then class:

Grades 1-5 Sunday Mornings 8:30-10:30am
Grades 6-10 Sunday Evenings 5:00-7:00pm
We are accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 Religious Ed. Year. Registration forms are available at the church, at religious ed classes or print off the 2014-2015 Registration Form. Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the rectory:

St. Paul’s Church
Deborah Campano – Religious Ed
48 St. Paul Street
Blackstone, MA 01504

The registration fee prior to June 30 is $40 per student with a $120 family maximum. After June 30st, the fee is $80 per student with a family maximum of $240. If you are unable to attend religious education due to financial hardship, please call the Religious Ed Office for available options.

Sacramental Prep:

If your child was not baptized at St. Paul’s and your child will be making 1st Communion or Confirmation in the Spring 2015, please submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate with your registration.

Teachers Needed:

We are always in need of additional teachers or classroom aides. If you feel called to serve the youth of our parish, please contact the religious education office so we can discuss your interests and fit you with the best possible volunteer opportunity. We welcome parents to become involved in our program so we can work cooperatively to strengthen the faith of our children. We appreciate the deep commitment of your time and your service to our parish. Please note, all volunteers must pass a CORI background check before they can work with our youth.
If you have any questions, you can email or leave a message on the Religious Ed voicemail and Deborah will be happy to respond. During the summer, messages are checked once a week. If you require an urgent response, please call the rectory at 508-883-6726 and the parish secretary will contact the coordinator for you.

Notes to Catechists:

Thank you Catechists for all you do for our young people! Your witness of the faith is truly a gift to the community of St. Paul’s!!

St. Paul’s Religious Education: Curriculum Overview

The goal of our religious education program is to encourage children to build a personal relationship with Jesus and to learn about the Roman Catholic faith. Our religious education program has four main aspects or pillars of learning. These pillars are:

(1) Creed Concepts, what we as Catholics believe about God
(2) Worship Concepts, how we as a Church worship God through the celebration of the Mass and the Sacraments
(3) Christian Morality, living a Christ-centered life through the choices we make; this section includes study of the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy
(4) Prayer, a study of prayer to enable our children to build a lifelong relationship with God. Each grade will cover age appropriate material from each of these pillars of learning. For more information on what is emphasized in a specific year, please see below.

Grade 1:
The main focus of Grade 1 is the premise that God loves us. From this premise, children will learn about God as creator, as a loving father and as the person of Jesus. From Jesus, children will learn the basics of the church as a community.

Grade 2:
Children will explore their personal relationship with God, the significance of the Eucharist, and their role in our church community. These themes will play an important role in sacramental preparation as children will receive both First Reconciliation and First Communion this year.

Grade 3:
Our focus is to reinforce the creed concepts introduced in Grades 1&2 so as to nurture each child’s relationship with Jesus and the church community as well as to further their understanding of the Mass. Special attention will be paid to God as our Father, the church as our faith community and the events of the Paschal Mystery; the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus.

Grade 4:
The major focus of this year’s work is living the faith, making choices and understanding consequences through a study of the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Sacraments.

Grade 5:
Students will explore the idea of covenant with God in the Bible and the Bible as Sacred Scripture. We will use the Bible to learn about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and the significance of the liturgical year.

Grade 6:
Building on the knowledge of the Bible from Grade 5, students will continue the study of scripture. In addition, students will focus on discipleship and the importance of bringing the knowledge of their faith into practice in their daily life. We will look at Jesus as our role model and explore the significance of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.

Grades 7 & 8:
During these two years, students will use their knowledge of the faith from the elementary grades and begin to personalize their beliefs as they prepare for the Confirmation program. We will study in greater depth the Bible, the Mass, the significance of the Sacraments, the 10 Commandments and moral decision-making. The question “What Would Jesus Do?” is frequently explored.

Grade 9:
Using the Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, the students strengthen their relationship with the Holy Trinity through the study of their own Catholicism, the practices and teachings of the Catholic Church.
Also, various mini courses are offered for the students’ enrichment.

Fall 2015

All Grades to meet on SUNDAYS

Gr 1-5 Session will begin at the 8:30a.m. Mass
and will end in the Parish Center at 10:45a.m.

Gr 6-10 Session will begin at the 5:00 p.m. Mass
and will end in the Parish Center at 7:15 p.m.

Session Dates:

September 2015:
• 9/20   Session 1 (Catechetical Blessing at Mass)
• 9/27   Session 2

October 2015:
• 10/4     Session 3
• 10/11   Columbus Day Weekend Mass Only
• 10/18   Session 4
• 10/25   Session 5

November 2015:
• 11/1     Session 6  (All Saints Day)
• 11/8     Session 7
• 11/15   Session 8
• 11/22   Session 9
• 11/29   Thanksgiving Weekend Mass Only

December 2015:
• 12/6     Session 10
• 12/13   Session 11

• Attending Mass is one of the seven precepts of the Catholic Church. Please make every effort to attend on a regular basis.

Notable Dates for 2015:

September 2015:
• 9/13  Parent Meeting – Grades 1-10 @ 6:00pm – Parish Center Lower Hall
• 9/18  Ice Cream Social – All Religious Ed Families Invited
• 9/26  St. Paul Yard Sale & BBQ

November 2015:
• 11/1    Second Grade Parents – First Reconciliation Meeting – After 8:30am Mass
• 11/8    Veteran’s Lunch – Grades 6-8
• 11/15  Confirmation Commitment Ceremony @ 5:00pm Mass – Parent Confirmation Meeting @ 6:00pm
• 11/22  Christmas Pageant Sign-ups

December 2015:
• 12/5    First Reconciliation 2:30pm
• 12/13  Pageant Costume Distribution
• 12/20  Pageant Rehersal after 8:20am Mass
• 12/24  Pageant @ 4:00pm Mass

Spring 2016

All Grades (1-9) to meet on SUNDAYS

Gr 1-5 Session will begin at the 8:30a.m. Mass
and will end in the Parish Center at 10:45a.m.

Gr 6-10 Session will begin at the 5:00 p.m. Mass
and will end in the Parish Center at 7:15 p.m.

Session Dates:

January 2016:
• 1/10   Session 12
• 1/17   Session 13
• 1/24   Session 14
• 1/31   Session 15

February 2016:
• 2/7     Session 16
• 2/14   Winter Vacation –  Mass Only
• 2/21   Session 17
• 2/28   Session 18

March 2016:
• 3/6     Session 19
• 3/13   Session 20
• 3/20   Session 21
• 3/27   Easter Sunday – Mass Only

April 2016:
• 4/3      Session 22

• Attending Mass is one of the seven precepts of the Catholic Church. Please make every effort to attend on a regular basis.

Notable Dates for 2016:

January 2016:
• 1/31  Confirmation Bake Sale

February 2016:
• 2/18   Ash Wednesday
• 2/27   First Communion Retreat

March 2016:
• 3/6 to 3/20 Donations for the Food Pantry – All Grades
• 3/20  Palm Sunday
• 3/27  Easter

April 2016:
• 4/3  First Communion @ 11:00 Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation – How to Reinforce Ideas at Home

Begin with Baptism. We want children to understand that they are a part of God’s family. Baptism brings us into our community of faith.

Continue with the idea of family and talk about rules in your own home. The 10 Commandments are rules for God’s family. Commandments 1 – 3 teach us how to know God. Commandments 4 – 10 teach us how to get along with others. We may not understand every rule that our parents have for us, but their rules are because they love us and do not want us to get hurt. The 10 Commandments are God’s rules of love for us because God loves us and doesn’t want us to get hurt.

Do we always follow every rule that our parents give us or are there times when we CHOOSE to break their rules? What happens if we choose to break God’s rules? We call that sin. If we break our parent’s rules – are we cut off from them forever? NO – our parents might be disappointed, but they always love us. The same is true with God. Reconciliation is our way to make things right with God and to strengthen our love and friendship with God.

Break out the elements of Reconciliation:

– Think about what you have done (Examination of Conscience)
– Be sincerely sorry for any wrongs
– Say what you have done wrong & Ask for forgiveness
– Accept penance – that little something extra to make things right
– Say our Act of Contrition as a way of saying Sorry
– The priest will bless and forgive you (Give Absolution)

Practice: Give children different situations and ask them if its sin or an accident

Practice: Give children scenarios and ask what they would do

Practice: Act of Contrition

Remind them no one is perfect all the time. God loves us no matter what and will always forgive us if we want to be forgiven. Developing a conscience takes practice, practice, practice.

The Confirmation Preparation Program

Currently, the Confirmation Program at St. Paul’s is a one year preparation for candidates in the 10th grade. 10th Grade Classes for 2014-2015 will be held weekly, beginning with Mass, on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00.

In addition to participating faithfully in the class sessions and attending Lord’s Day Mass regularly, each candidate must complete 5 hours of “Parish Service” as designated and approved by the Program coordinators. A Confirmation Retreat and “Letter of Intention” are also required. For those candidates who were baptized at a church other than St. Paul’s, please submit a copy of your baptismal certificate with your Registration Form.

The Sacrament of Confirmation, along with Baptism and Eucharist, is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation. The Confirmation Program is coordinated by Mrs. Deborah Campano under the guidance of Father O’Mara.

St. Paul’s Church
Confirmation Program
The Sacrament of Confirmation
When students receive the sacrament of Confirmation, their soul receives a second mark from the Holy Spirit. Catholics receive their first mark of the Holy Spirit at Baptism. The sacrament of Confirmation celebrates a maturing of our love for Jesus and “confirms” our faith in Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, students are able to share the Good News of Christ with others and are able to go forth to love and serve the Lord to the best of their God-given abilities.
Student Expectations
– Submit a “Letter of Intention to Receive the Sacrament of Confirmation”
– Submit a copy of Baptismal Certificate if not baptized at St. Paul’s
– Participate in the Enrollment Ceremony Mass
– Responsible and Faithful class attendance
– Weekly attendance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday
– Schedule a regular time to pray in your life
– 5 hours of parish community service
– Schedule a personal interview with the Confirmation Coordinator
– Participate in the Confirmation Retreat
– Carefully choose a Confirmation Sponsor and submit a sponsor certificate
– Be a sincere Catholic Christian known for faith, good works and living in model of Christ