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


Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us

Ephesians 5: 1-2

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:

Registration for the 2020-2021 year will be available on July 1, 2020. Click the link below for a quick tutorial on how to register for classes.

2020-2021 Program Details

In order for everyone to stay safe we will only offer Supported Home Study this year.

The logistics for safe in-person classes makes it impossible to offer them this year and be in compliance with all of the CDC & diocesan recommendations.

We will offer as much support as needed. We will supplement the program with additional information and activities for each grade level. The book series we will be using is Loyola Press: Finding God. Their online resources are easily accessible and user friendly.

Grade 2 will be supplemented with First Reconciliation & First Eucharist.

Grade 8 will be supplemented with Confirmed in the Spirit

The links below are to Loyola Press and the instructions and directions to help guide you through the year. You will find additional information and the Session reviews on the Loyola Press website.

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

Gospel reflections: will not be required this year.

Family Gatherings:

Although we were very excited about the family gatherings that were planned this has to be on hold until/if the situation changes. Perhaps after the first of the new year we will be able to hold some small group gatherings. Stay tuned!


Program Fees for the 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


Confirmation Retreat

Red Packet Forms

Copy of bulletinad_volunteercatechists.pdf