Category Archives: Religious Education Program

Renewing our Confirmation Program: A Focus on the Mass

In what we believe to be a movement of the Holy Spirit, the religious education professionals from both St. Paul’s and St. John’s have agreed on a common curriculum for Confirmation Preparation that will be centered on the students’ participation at Mass. To this end, beginning after Labor Day, the Sunday 5:00pm Mass will be a more deliberately youth focused liturgy and will rotate from week to week between St. John’s and St. Paul’s as the center of the Confirmation Program for our Collaborative.

On a couple of occasions during the past year, we experienced particularly vibrant and Spirit-filled liturgies in which all the Confirmation candidates participated and were actively involved in all aspects of the Mass. The Youth Music Group, made up of High School aged singers and instrumentalists from both parishes, was magnificent. The youth were lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and greeters. There was a contagious sense of excitement as the young people fully engaged in the liturgy. We are now building a program in which this will be a weekly occurrence! The Mass, supplemented with classroom work, will be at the center of preparation for Confirmation. Our hope is that this full, active participation in the liturgy, the source and summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed, will give our young people a lived connection to Christ Jesus and the community of the Church.

As always, all are welcome at these parish liturgies. The schedule and location of our Sunday 5:00pm Masses will be posted prominently on our websites and in the bulletin.

We are excited about this new initiative! Please join us in praying that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us as we seek opportunities to help our young people grow in faith.

Fr. Jim Laughlin

Religious Education: It’s Time to Register for 2018-2019!

Religious-Education-REGISTERIt is time to register for our 2018-2019 Religious Education program. Our online registration system makes the process quick and easy – click HERE to register now. Please note that the information on our program on the website is for the 2017-2018 academic year; we will be updating the website over the summer.
The 2018-2019 calendar will be distributed in August with Opening Day procedures and information.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
The St. John’s Religious Ed Team


Winter_Weather_CancellationsDue to the weather all St. John Religious Education classes/activities scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled.

Attention Young Actors – Help “Perform” the Passion Play on Palm Sunday!

Passion PlaySeeking Actors/Actresses in Grade 3 and older to help “perform” the Passion Play at the 9:00am Family Mass on Palm Sunday, March 25. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00am- 12:00pm is required/mandatory. Confirmation candidates earn 5 hours of community service credit. Please contact Maria Wardwell (781-237-2148 or for information and registration.

Coming Up in Religious Education

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLThis week: SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Grades 1 – 6: Class 10:00 – 10:45am
Grades 7 – 8: Class 6:00 – 7:00pm
Friends for Good 7:00 – 8:00pm
Grades 9 – 10: Friends for Good 6:00 – 7:00pm
Class 7:00 – 8:00pm
Grades 1 – 6: Class 3:30 – 4:45pm
No classes – Martin Luther King Day weekend

A full calendar of all events is available at the Religious Education section of the Parish website.

Family Mass Coffee & Donuts

coffee_&_donuts_DDDonuts & Coffee is ready to go for the New Year! All we need are some volunteers to host. Please sign-up on the board in the Social Hall or email Chrissy Cassa if you would like to volunteer. If you haven’t volunteered before – it’s easy and the kids love to help! Everything is delivered to the
Social Hall – all you have to do is set-up and clean-up.  Thank you to all the families who have helped since September:
Devine Family, Grover Family, Hill Family, Pierce Family, Riley Family, Rubio Family, Song Family, and Songer Family.

Coming Up in Religious Education

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLThis week: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Grades 1 – 6: Class 10:00 – 10:45am
HS Retreat: 11:00am– 6:00pm
Grade 9 – 10: 5:00pm Teen Mass w/St. Paul students. Grades 9 & 10 are expected to attend this Mass to which the 9th and 10th grades from St. Paul’s have been invited. A Christmas celebration follows in the Social Hall.
Grades 7 & 8 are encouraged and most welcome to attend the Mass; however, no class is scheduled for these grades.
Grades 1 – 6 Class 3:30 – 4:45pm
Christmas Pageant Practice 2:30pm
Christmas Pageant 9:00am Family Mass
No classes.

“Polar Express” Family Movie Night – Friday, December 15

Join us as we get in the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 15 from 6:00-8:30pm in Powers Hall! Watch the Polar Express on the big screen under the lights of the Christmas tree. Hot Cocoa and snacks will be served. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags or blankets!

To help us plan for the event, please click the button to the left to let us know that you will be coming.

Coming Up in Religious Education

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLThis week: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12
No classes – Happy Veterans Day!
Grades 1 – 6 Class 3:30 – 4:45pm
First Reconciliation 5:30pm
Grades 1 – 6 Class 10:00 – 10:45am
Grades 7 – 8 Class 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Friends for Good 7:00 – 8:00pm
Grade 9 Class 7:00 – 8:00pm
Grade 10 Friends for Good 6:00 – 7:00pm
Class 7:00 – 8:00pm

Religious Education Classes Begin Sunday, September 17

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLClasses for all grades will begin as follows:
Grades 1–6: Sunday, 9/17 from 10–10:45am or Wednesday, 9/20 from 3:30–4:45pm
Grades 7–10: Sunday, 9/17 from 6–8pm

In an effort to make our opening days for Religious Education as successful as possible for our staff, students and teachers we will NOT be accepting new registrations/students on opening day. Please register immediately if you plan on having your children attend Religious Education and you have not done so already. We are still in need of teachers for our Sunday evening program, so if you are available to teach please contact Ronda Dew as soon as possible.

All registered families should have received an email detailing opening day procedures with links to the final calendar and program information on the Parish website. If you registered and did not receive the email please contact Linda Messore.

Cluster Families: The opening meeting for those registered as clusters will be held on Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00pm in Philbin Hall, in the basement of St. John’s school. Lesson plans will be distributed.

If you have any questions regarding our Cluster program or the opening meeting, please contact Andrea Fay.

Teen Mass: The 5:00 pm Sunday Teen Mass features contemporary music appealing to teens and young adults and their families, and will include teen participation in the various ministries of the Mass. If you are interested in becoming involved as a Eucharistic Minister or Lector please contact Ronda Dew.