Religious Education

Dr. Patricia Colontino - Coordinator of Religious Education - email:@moremercy.orgLiz Halstead - Religious Education Secretary, St. Thomas More Church - email: liz.halstead@moremercy.orgAndrea Melchiorri - Religious Education Secretary, St. Thomas More ChurchCristi McCarty - Religious Education Secretary, Our Lady of Mercy Church(732) 446-3232 - St. Thomas More Church(732) 786-1835 - Our Lady of Mercy Church

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The Religious Education Program

Jesus told his disciples “To teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). That is the role of our Religious Education Catechists and Assistants. They and all of us realize that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children in our Catholic Faith. They realize that it is the parent’s responsibility to teach their children about God and His love for them, a responsibility the parents assumed when they had their child Baptized.St. Thomas More wants to assist parents in this endeavor so 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. We need volunteers who are willing to share their love of God and His Church with His children. We will provide you with the guidance and training you need to carry out this important ministry.

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.We believe that in participating in the life of our parish community through prayer, sacraments and worship, our children will learn to live conscious and active Christian lives. It is our belief that, because religious education is a lifelong process, it is necessary for our children to attend formal classes every year.