Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or
Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The
seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life:1 they
give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian's life of faith. There is thus a
certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.
The primary purpose of our Religious Education Program is faith formation. Faith formation is an ongoing development of the whole person into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ, Discipleship. To use the image of St. Paul “we put on Christ” so that Christ is the center of our lives. All Catholics are on the journey of faith formation. We begin this life-long journey in the waters of Baptism. The end of this journey is eternal life with Jesus in heaven. Our CCD Program is a School of Discipleship. Our Religious Education Program strives to provide a solid foundation in our faith, age-appropriate to the students in our program. Students are encouraged to begin formal religion classes in the FIRST GRADE of Public or Private (non-Catholic) Schools.
Students who do not attend a Catholic School/Academy are enrolled in our Religious Education Program (CCD) which meets once a week for 90 minutes a session – as outlined in this calendar. This year we have scheduled 32 weeks. The outline of our courses as offered this year:
- Level / Grade 1: Prayers & God
- Level / Grade 2: Mass & Eucharist
- Level / Grade 3: Church
- Level / Grade 4: 10 Commandments & Beatitudes
- Level / Grade 5: Sacraments
- Level / Grade 6: Bible
- Level / Grade 7: Christian Witness
- Level / Grade 8: Confirmation & Life in Christ
Faith formation does not end with Confirmation. All Catholics are invited to grow in our faith. For this purpose, the parish offers Days of Recollection, Missions, Scripture Sharing, Prayer Groups. Please consult the Bulletin for more information. The second purpose of our Religious Education Program is sacramental preparation. The celebration of the sacraments will take place within a parish celebration. It is the desire of the Archdiocese that children receive the Sacraments in their Home Parish. For children who attend Public Schools.
Learn more about Religious education in Hartford, Connecticut, with our Parish.