We welcome you to Prince of Peace Parish Religious Education program! We are happy and privileged to have the opportunity to work with you and your family on your faith journey. Below are links to the materials you will need to both understand the program and integrate it with your own schedule. If you have any questions please call or email Carol Moriarty, 203-263-2008 ext.11.
It is important that each student attend classes on a regular basis in order that there is continuity in their faith formation. Satisfactory completion of each grade level is required in order for our children to be adequately prepared to receive their sacraments and grow "to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Eph 4:13). Should it become necessary for your child to miss a class, they must complete any assignments that were missed at class.
The Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist are traditionally celebrated in Grade 3. According to Archdiocesan regulations, attendance at and completion of First and Second Grade courses is a prerequisite for entry into the Sacramental Program for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. If you are requesting these Sacraments for your child who has not had the required preparation there is a process in place to have them make up the preparation work, but please know that their Sacraments will be delayed past Grade 3. If you have and questions please call or email Carol Moriarty at the Office of Religious Education at 203-263-2008, ext.11.
The goals of Prince of Peace Parish Religious Education Program are:
† Ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ and the Gospel.
† Full participation in the life of the Catholic Church.
† To foster community among the children, their families and the larger parish community.
† To teach our children to be good stewards of the gifts God has given them, by using those gifts in their families, parish and community.
Parents are the primary religious educators of their children. They serve as models for their children. From the earliest years of a child’s life, a parent’s values are more caught then taught. Young children often imitate their parents. We are eager to work with parents and assist you in the faith development of your children. We encourage parents‘ participation and cooperation in the following ways:
† Celebrate Sunday Mass regularly with your children/youth. Talk about the Sunday readings and homily and what they mean to you.
† Become a volunteer in our program.
† Participate actively in the sacramental and community life of the parish. Get involved in community service with your family.
† Establish family rituals and celebrations. Bless your children. Pray with them. Help them to memorize the traditional prayers of the church.
† Attend parents meetings, workshops, and adult enrichment programs.
† Familiarize yourself with scheduled catechetical sessions and events for your children/youth in the parish; assure your child’s punctual and regular attendance at Religious Education classes.
† Enthrone a Bible in your home and display other religious symbols.