The Parish of Saint Thomas More Religious Education Program (P.R.E.P.)






Dr. Patricia Colontino  - Coordinator of Religious Education - email: pat.colontino@moremercy.orgAmanda Colontino   - Religious Education Assistant - email: amanda.colontino@moremercy.org(732) 446-3232 - St. Thomas More Church

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 (You cannot use a cell phone):

2024-2025 Program Details: 

Supported Home Study Program: 

Children in grades 3, 4, 5 & 6 are our "Fundamentals" and will complete their books at home.  They will complete a 5-10 question chapter review online and have the results sent to a dedicated email address to track progress.  


Children in grades 1 & 2 will participate in our Faith Explorers program.  They will be invited, 3 times a month to attend the 11:30 Mass on Sunday and then join us for a class to include church exploration & bible adventures.  They will learn their prayers and prepare for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  Every third meeting will be with a priest or deacon.


 Children in the 6th grade will also participate as our Church Goers.  They are expected to attend mass at least 2 times each month.  There will be a book for them to sign in the church.  Please do not have them sign for anyone but themselves.  


Children in the 7th grade will participate in a in-person seminar program.  The program is the start of Confirmation preparation.  They will attend once a month seminars.  



The Confirmation/8th grade program  All students who are to receive Confirmation in March must join a ministry for the year.  Please click below for a list of ministries and to sign up.  


Ministries 


In addition, all students will be required to attend seminars.  We will offer at two seminars each month.  Some seminars will be mandatory.   In addition, the students will meet with either a priest or deacon as a class once a month.


We are asking that the students have a personal email address (it cannot be their school email since the school servers block our communications.)  We will always include the parents in any email transmission that is sent to the students.  


There is a $20 fee for the Confirmation gowns.


Summer 2024 Program:

Each program session will be for one week from 8:00-2:00.  

Students will attend mass during the week.  On Friday, parents will be invited to attend mass (time to be determined).

There are two Sessions:  A: June 24-June 28 

                                    B: August 19-August 23 


2nd graders who do the Summer program will be invited in as we get closer to the Sacraments for a "refresher"  The best way for them to be prepared for the sacrament is to attend mass each week.


8th graders can volunteer to teach over the Summer as part of their ministry.  


All Summer and Supported Home Study Students are to attend at least 4 church events throughout the year.  We will offer Family Gatherings.  All church events fulfill this requirement. (I.E. Lessons & Carols, Stations of the Cross, etc...)


Books can be picked up from the Religious Education office weekdays during regular office hours (call the office for the hours)  Please use the playground entrance.

Program Fees for the Supported Home Study Program 2024-2025 PREP  year: 

(Fees are subject to change each year)

1 Student:        $165.60

2 Students:     $258.75

3+ Students:   $336.37


Program Fees for the Summer Program 2024-2025 PREP  year: 

(Fees subject to change each year)

1 Student:        $280

2 Students:     $450

3+ Students:   $600



Please note that there is a $20 gown fee for 8th grade.



2024-2025 Calendar  (subject to change)

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The Mass is a hallmark of our faith.  It is a gift from God.  At mass we receive Jesus in the Eucharist to fill our hearts and soul with His love and devotion.  Attendance at mass is a crucial component in your child's religious education.  


ALL CHILDREN are required to submit a stamped bulletin at least once a month (mass attendance should be every week). After mass pick up a bulletin.  You can bring the stamped bulletin to the religious education office or submit it electronically.  Be sure that your child's name is on the front of the bulletin.  One bulletin per family each month. In addition, families are asked to attend at least 4 church events each year.  


As an alternative to the bulletin, the children can submit their intentions during Mass.  The intention cards can be picked up at in the rear of the church by the stained glass.  They will be invited during mass to drop their intentions in the basket on the steps of the sanctuary. 


All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders need to sign the books that will be in the back of the church after each mass.  These students should attend mass at least 2x a month.




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We encourage the use of  FORMED.org.  It is a premier on-line platform filled with over 4,000 Catholic studies, movies, cartoons, audio dramas, ebooks, and talks--and it's free for every parishioner.

Use these simple steps to subscribe to FORMED:

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Communion


First Holy Communion is a sacrament of initiation and serves as a welcome to our faith.  Receiving Communion is enrichment for our soul and mind as we partake in the True Body and Blood of Christ.  It offers us strength and conviction of faith.  The absolute best way to prepare your child(ren) for the reception of the sacrament is to attend mass each week.  

 

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CONFIRMATION


"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."  (Colossians 3:12-13)                                                                             

  Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation.  It, along with Baptism and Communion, is our welcome into the faith and invites us to form a lasting relationship with God.                                                                                                                                                

As good Catholic Christians we are all called to give of our time and talents to help others.  All Confirmation candidates are required to join a ministry for the year.


Confirmation Forms:

Confirmation will be celebrated on March 7, 2024.  There will be two ceremonies one at 4:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm.  The sacrament will be celebrated in the church and live streamed into Petri Hall.  Bishop O'Connell will preside therefore, there will be a STRICT limit on who can be in the church.  Any overflow guests can go into Petri Hall to watch the livestream of the ceremony. 


"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."

                                                                                                                                         Peter 1:10