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 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.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 (do not use a cell phone):


Registration will be open June 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Here is a direct link to the correct page:

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST HAVE THE "MY EDUCATION TAB" WHEN YOU LOG ON TO PARISHSOFT IN ORDER TO REGISTER. IF YOU DO NOT PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN CORRECT THE ISSUE

2021-2022 Program Details

Supported Home Study Program:

The Home Study program will allow the children to 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.


We are encouraging students in grades 1, 2 & 8 to attend in-person classes since they are Sacramental preparation years.


In addition, attendance at 2 family gatherings will be required. (a schedule of these will be sent out at a later date)


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

Option 2:

Traditional bi-weekly program. Each class will meet every other week for one and a half hours.

During the week the child is NOT scheduled to attend class they will complete the next chapter in their books at home. In order to track progress they will have their books checked during class.

Classes will run on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 4:30-6:00.

You only need to pick a day and location (STM) since all classes will be run at the same time.

Class sizes will be strictly limited to 14.


There will be separate calendars distributed & posted for each group.


If we do not have enough catechists to cover all classes, we will have to make those classes without a catechist, Supported Home Study.


Family Gatherings:

We will be offering several family gatherings during the year. Each one will be limited to the first 30 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. Other church events and opportunities to meet this requirement may be added as the year goes on.


Materials & Guidelines:

Books and materials can be picked up from the Religious Education office weekdays from 8:30-4:30.


Program Fees for the 2021-2022 PREP year:

(Fees are subject to change each year)

1 Student: $165.60

2 Students: $258.75

3+ Students: $336.37


General Information


Red Folder Forms

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

Peter 1:10

We are always looking for volunteers to be catechists, assistants, office help, and/or hall monitors. If you are hearing the call to share your faith please fill out the form below and bring or send it to the PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) office. The program cannot run without our faith filled and devoted volunteers. Tuition for our volunteers is waived as a thank you for sharing your time and talents.


We will provide training as needed and will support you every step of the way. Call the office for more information or with any questions.