Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish
North Attleborough, Massachusetts
Saint Mary Parish and Sacred Heart Parish
Faith Formation Office
14 Park Street
North Attleborough, Massachusetts 02760
Telephone: (508) 695-3823 Facsimile: (508) 695-5248
Mrs. Elaine Corvese – Director of Religious Education Grades 1-8
Mrs. Linda Nolin – Confirmation Formation Coordinator
FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM OVERVIEW
parents accept the responsibility of being the first
teachers of their children in the Faith. Our Faith
Formation Program is designed to augment and assist parents
in this very important role. Faith Formation is an on-going
process, begun in childhood, that continues throughout our
The title "Faith
Formation," expresses the belief that formation in our
Catholic Faith is more than just "education," facts and
figures learned from a book. While these are important and
necessary, our Faith is also celebrated - weekly - in the
prayer life of the parish community. At Sunday Mass, we are
nourished and challenged by the Word of God that is preached
and the Body and Blood of Jesus that is shared. Our
Catholic Faith is also lived at home and in the wider
community. Here, our beliefs and values are put into
practice on a daily basis. We are all formed in the Faith
in each of these components: class, Mass, and home.
Grades 1 - 6
We follow a curriculum
approved by the Diocese of Fall River and a text book series
entitled “Finding God” published by Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry. A scope
and sequence chart is available for each grade level.
Grade 2 - Reconciliation & Eucharist Formation
There is a two year preparation for each Sacrament. Children in grade 2 continue to prepare for their Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Weekly classes are augmented with Sacramental books. Children attending Catholic Elementary Schools do not attend faith formation classes. They are required to register in the program, attend two meetings with their parents and attend two rehearsals. Reconciliation is celebrated individually according to a set calendar.
Grades 7 - 8
As young people
approach the adolescent years, learning needs change. To
help address this, the format for our middle school Faith
Formation uses a youth ministry model. Classes are held
once a month, on Sunday or Monday evenings, facilitated by
Fr. Costa. Adults serve as small group leaders. Students
are also introduced to Christian service through various
Grade 9 -
High school age
youth complete their Christian Initiation in the Sacrament
of Confirmation. Confirmation is usually celebrated in the
Spring of the ninth grade. The date for Confirmation is set
by the Bishop's Office. Confirmation formation is held
monthly according to a set calendar. Candidates are
expected to participate in Christian service projects and a
Confirmation Retreat. A sponsor and a Confirmation name are
chosen by each candidate.
Christian Initiation of Adults
welcomed into the Catholic Faith through the RCIA process.
A separate team assists in the preparation of our adult
candidates. Adult baptism and profession of Faith normally
occur during the Easter Vigil each year. For more
information concerning the RCIA, please consult the link on
the main page of this website.
Formation opportunities covering a wide range of topics are
offered between the two downtown parishes throughout the
year. In addition, formation for liturgical ministries and
parish ministries are offered at various times.
Current student registration is done by mail during the last month of classes. If you are new to the program or have a new first grade student you should contact the faith formation office to register with the coordinator. A copy of each child’s baptism certificate is required at registration. All families must be registered in the parish in order to register for class.
In order to provide quality resources for our catechists and students, we ask our families to assist with some of the financial needs of the program. If families have difficulty meeting the registration fee, they are asked to please contact the Faith Formation Office.
- One child: $50.00
- Two children: $70.00
- Three of more: $90.00
- Grade 2: $60.00 per student
- Grade 9: $50.00 per student
- Grade 7 & 8: $40.00 per student
**Multiple child discount does not apply to grades 2, 7, 8 & 9.
2016-2017 Grades 1-2 Schedule (PDF)
Calendar of Classes - Grade 7 (PDF)
Calendar of Classes - Grade 8 (PDF)
Calendar of Classes - Grade 9 (PDF)
OFFICE FOR CHILD PROTECTION
The Diocese of
Fall River, in compliance with the Dallas Charter approved
by the United States Catholic Bishops, has implemented an
Abuse Prevention program for all clergy, lay ecclesial
ministers, and employees. All adults, age 17 and older, who
work with children must attend a training session, sign a
Code of Conduct, and complete a criminal investigation
background check. The CORI form and Code of Conduct form
are completed each year.