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 will have grade level advisors to assist you if needed and I will be available to answer any questions or offer guidance.


Students in 2nd and 8th grade will be attending in person classes at least once a month. All classes will meet in the church.

2nd grade classes will meet for one hour from 4:30 to 5:30

8th grade classes will meet from 4:30-5:45


Master Calendar of Classes


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

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We are excited to announce a learning tool called FORMED that will be used by some of our catechists and more importantly by students and parents in the home. FORMED.org 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:

  1. Enter our parish zip code

  2. Enter your name and email address. You're in!

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Exciting News: Summer 2022

We are pleased to announce a new format for our program. Beginning in the Summer of 2022 we will be offering 4 Summer sessions of 2 weeks each. These classes will be in lieu of the former program and fulfill your child's requirement to move to the next grade. However, the Supported Home study program will continue to be offered. As well as classes for the sacramental years of 2nd and 8th grade.

You must commit to the full two weeks of the session. There will be no late arrivals or early dismissals. Each session will run from Monday to Friday (except Monday July 4). The times are from 8:00-12:00 each day. You will pick the session you want and then add a second, third and fourth choice. If we have more families interested in the program then we have openings, we will use a lottery system to fill sessions.


You will rank your choice of weeks in the order of preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th). You must commit to the full two weeks so choose wisely. If you have other commitments during the week do not select that week.


Class size is 14 maximum. (No exceptions)


All forms and payment must be received by March 1, 2021.


Summer Religious Education Fees:


1 child $280

2 children $450

3+children $600

Your registration is not complete until payment is received. Call the office with any questions.

No online registration for the Summer program. Payment must be in the form of either cash or check.


Children will be required to attend mass at least once a month during the year. They should have the bulletin signed by either a priest or a deacon and dropped off at the office.


Your child should bring a healthy snack each day.


Drop off and pick up will be in Petri Hall.


This program is dependent on having enough catechists, volunteers, and aides. Please consider applying to be a catechist or volunteer. Students in grades 8 and up are encouraged to volunteer as aides in the classrooms.

Session Information:

7/05/2022-7/15/2022

7/17/2022-7/29/2022

8/01/2022-8/12/2022

8/15/2022-8/26/2022

Registration is now open. All registrations along with payment must be received by March 1, 2022 in order to ensure your child's placement.

The supported Home Study Program will continue to be available.

You can access the registration form here:

Summer Registration Form

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In order for the program to run in the Summer we will need catechists. This is a paid position. Applications for the positions can be found here:

Please complete the application and return it the Religious Education office as soon as possible. Please note that if we do not have enough catechists we may have to cancel sessions.

Anyone 18 or over can apply for the position of catechist.

!VOLUNTEER OPORTUNITY!

Our programs cannot run without volunteers as well. Please call the office if you would like to volunteer to help out. We need classroom aides who will be in grades 8-12. We ask that you commit to a full session. This will satisfy the community service requirement for Confirmation.

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Red Confirmation 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.