Religious Education Program

NOTE:  Looking ahead to the 2016-17 Religious Education year, we have two openings for teachers. We need a Grade 3 teacher to help prepare eight students to receive their First Holy Communion. Third grade students meet on Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. We also need a Grade 6 teacher for eight students who meet on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Carol at 860-257-0740.

The mission of Sacred Heart's Religious Education Program is to teach the youth of the parish about living and learning the Catholic faith and to inspire students to know, love, and serve God by serving the community and the world as devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. From September until Easter, classes meet Mondays, with grades one through five meeting from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and grades six through eight meeting from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Confirmation Class meets on Sundays from 5:55 to 8:00 p.m. once per month.

The Religious Education Program is taught by approximately 18 volunteer lay teachers, assisted by several older student volunteers, and under the direction of Barbara Davis and Carol Pasternak.  
Of special significance is the regular collaboration of Sacred Heart's music ministers and the Religious Education directors and teachers. The introduction of energetic and joyful song into their weekly classes allows the children of the parish to experience an added dimension to their learning, worship, and prayer.
The music/Religious Education collaboration is also evident in periodic "Family Masses" held throughout the year. For each of these Masses, one grade of students and their teachers work to coordinate all of the ministries of the Mass. The children sing and play instruments with the adult choir, serve as lectors during the Liturgy, offer the petitions, take up the collection, and serve as greeters handing out the music programs before Mass. 
Religious Education students carry out numerous group service projects throughout the year. Students in the Confirmation Class visit South Park Inn in Hartford, a shelter serving over 1,500 men, women, and children annually. The students, their teachers, and parent volunteers prepare and serve supper on a Saturday in December.

For more information on Sacred Heart's Religious Education Program, please contact Carol Pasternak at 860-257-0740 or