Religious Education



Welcome to Saint Thomas More Parish Religious Education Program!

P.R.E.P.

We at Saint Thomas More & Our Lady of Mercy are dedicated to sharing our faith with our parish family. A faith journey is life long and begins with our Baptism. By living the Word and sharing your faith you make it stronger. As Pope Francis eloquently stated, “Life grows when we give it away.” As does faith.

Children need a solid foundation of faith and here at the Parish of Saint Thomas More we help lay that foundation. But we cannot do it alone. While we may be the building blocks the family is the cement that holds it all together.

Growing in faith and forming a lasting relationship with Jesus is the ultimate goal. Being part of a community in Christ is a blessing.

Thank you for joining us in bringing the love of Christ to the children.

God’s Good Blessings,

The Religious Education Staff

Mission Statement

“The Catechetical Ministry (Religious Education) must be understood in relation to Jesus’ threefold mission. It is a form of the ministry of the word, which proclaims and teaches. It leads to and flows from the ministry of worship which sanctifies through prayer and sacrament. It supports the ministry of service, which is linked to efforts to achieve social justice and has traditionally been expresses in spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Its purpose is to make a person’s faith become living, conscious and active through the light of instruction. Catechesis is a lifelong process for the individual and a constant pastoral activity of the Church” -- National Catechetical Directory --
The purpose of our Religious Education Program here at St. Thomas More Church and Our Lady of Mercy Church is to enrich and challenge the lives of our young people with the Gospel message by word and example in a loving and caring Christian Community. Our program recognizes that parents are the primary educators of their children and their religious education; therefore, we strive to affirm and supplement, but never replace, religious education in the home. We continually strive to provide our support and guidance to assist each other in our task, as it is our belief that parents and catechists are partners in the formal religious education process for our children.

Our Program

Jesus told his disciples “Let the children come to me.” (Matthew 19:14). Hence the role of the Religious Education Catechists, Assistants, and Staff of Saint Thomas More and Our Lady of Mercy. We all realize that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children in our Catholic Faith. We understand that it is the parents who first teach children about God and His love for them by having them Baptized in the faith and then enrolling them in religious education classes to guide them on their faith journey.
The Staff at St. Thomas More and Our Lady of Mercy want to assist parents in this endeavor. Therefore, we have established a formal Religious Education Program for grades one through eight. These classes include preparation to receive the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation. With the help of parents and the grace of God we offer a solid background in the Catholic faith. We are always looking for volunteers to share their faith, time, and talents with God’s children. We offer guidance and training to help you along the way.
Dr. Patricia Colontino - Coordinator of Religious Education - email: pat.colontino@moremercy.orgLiz Halstead - Religious Education Secretary, St. Thomas More Church - email: liz.halstead@moremercy.orgDeborah Gaudino - Religious Education Secretary, St. Thomas More Church- email: debbie.gaudino@moremercy.orgCristi McCarty - Religious Education Secretary, Our Lady of Mercy Church- email: cristi.mccarty@moremercy.org(732) 446-3232 - St. Thomas More Church(732) 786-1835 - Our Lady of Mercy Church

New Registration Process


You must pre-register at Parishsoft before you can register for classes. Please click one of the links below to begin that process or to watch a short (3 minute tutorial):

Once you have pre-registered at Parishsoft and that registration has been approved you will be able to register for classes. Additional information about that process will be sent out as it becomes available.


Registration for 2020-2021 year will be available on July 1, 2020.

2020-2021 Program Details

Option 1: Home Study Program for grades 3-7

The Home Study program will allow children in grades 3-7 to complete their books at home. They will complete a 5 question chapter review online and have the results sent to a dedicated email address to track progress. All chapters will have to be completed before the student can move to the next year.

It is preferred if Grades 1, 2 & 8 are in-class. Please call the office if there are any special circumstances.


FEES FOR THE HOME STUDY PROGRAM WILL BE THE SAME AS FOR THE TRADITIONAL PROGRAM

Option 2: Traditional weekly program

Each class will meet every week for one hour.

Time and day options:

Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday 4:30-5:30 or 5:45-6:45

Gospel reflections: will remain the same for BOTH programs

Choose 5 gospels to be read as a family and submit a reflection for each (One set of 5 reflections per family). Gospels and the link to the summaries will be provided in September. This is considered a required part of the program.

Class sizes will be strictly limited to 16****This is not nonnegotiable. Additionally, there is the possibility that the diocese will limit classes even further.

Family Gatherings:

We will be offering several family gatherings during the year. Each one will be limited to the first 50 families that register. The gatherings will be held once a month unless interest is extremely high and then we will offer the same gathering twice in the month.

Classes will be filled on a first come first serve basis. ALL CLASSES WILL BE STRICTLY LIMITED TO 16 STUDENTS (see above).


****If a class closes because of numbers at one location we will attempt to place the student at the other location.****

Please call or email the office with any questions or concerns.

Given the current circumstances we will optimistically schedule classes for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at both 4:30 & 5:45. If we do not have catechists to cover all classes then those classes will be offered as home study only. Priority will be given to 1st, 2nd, & 8th grade classes as these are sacramental years.

If anyone is interested in volunteering please see the form below.

Program Fees as of 2020-2021 PREP year:

(Fees are subject to change each year)

1 Student: $165.60

2 Students: $258.75

3+ Students: $336.37


General Information




Catechist Corner


1st RECONCILIATION & 1st HOLY COMMUNION

CONFIRMATION

Confirmation Date and Rehearsal Announcements


Confirmation Retreat

Red Packet Forms

Copy of bulletinad_volunteercatechists.pdf