St. George Religious Education

The religious education programs of St. George Church have as their mission the formation of children and youth as followers of Jesus Christ and members of his Church. Our goal is to help them grow in faith and love of Christ, to know him through prayer and sacraments, and to live according to his teachings. We encourage strong family involvement in all of our programs and recognize that nothing that is done in class can equal in importance the religious experience and example of praying with their own families at home and with the parish community at Mass on Sunday.

St. George Religious Education Policy

Rschoolegistration for religious education programs takes place during the month of July. We request that the completed registration form and payment be returned to the Office of Religious Education no later than July 31st. Classes coincide with the schedule for the Guilford School System. Unless otherwise notified, religious education classes will not be held on days when children do not have school or have early dismissal because of weather. In addition, cancellation of classes due to inclement weather will be announced on Channels 3, 4 and 8 and their websites as well as parish email.

Home Program
For grades 1-6 parents are given textbooks, materials, and all necessary support to provide sound instruction. This is an excellent program for those who need flexibility in their schedules and who wish to share some special time with their children.

Birth to 3

Through engaging arts, crafts, music, and stories, the children enrolled in the Saint George Birth to 3 programs will focus on important Bible stories told in an age appropriate way that will help build a Catholic foundation.

Pre K & Kindergarten
Through engaging arts, crafts, music, and stories, the children enrolled in the Saint George Pre-K and Kindergarten programs will focus on important Bible stories told in an age appropriate way that will help build a Catholic foundation.

Children ages 3-5 are invited to participate in St. George’s Pre-K program.
During the 10 o’clock mass, children can be dropped off to participate in an hour of Bible stories, music, and crafts. Classes will meet every other Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00 am in the St. George Hall. Class Dates: Oct. 2, 16, 30; Nov. 6, 20; Dec. 11; Jan. 8, 22; Feb. 5; March 5, March 19; and April 2nd Registration is required. For online registration, please fill out the form. Registration and details are also available at the St. George office, 203-453-2788.

First Grade
This program introduces children to some of the basic concepts of our Catholic faith including the Church and prayer. Classes meet the Fr. Sullivan Center every other Sunday during the 10 o’clock Mass.

2017-18 Schedule

FIRST SEMESTER

  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 12
  • November 26
  • December 10

SECOND SEMESTER

  • January 14
  • January 28
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 11
  • March 25

Please bring your child to the Fr. Sullivan Center before the 10 o’clock Mass and pick them immediately following Mass.

Second Grade

The Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in second grade. Classes meet every other Sunday from 9am-9:50am or 10:30am-11:20am, please come at the time you chose when you registered. It is important for our students to attend Mass weekly so they will have a better understanding of what we are discussing in class.

2017-18 Schedule

FIRST SEMESTER

  • October 1
  • October 15
  • October 29
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 17

SECOND SEMESTER

  • January 7
  • January 21
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 8
Third Grade / Fourth Grade

Grade 3 Students meet once weekly (M, T, W, or Th.) in small groups to discuss and learn about the Church. The Sacrament of First Eucharist takes place in the spring semester. Older children who have not celebrated First Eucharist and children attending Catholic schools are welcome and must register before the program begins in September. Classes meet in the Fr. Sullivan Center from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

Grade 4 Students meet once weekly (M, T, W, or Th.) in small groups to discuss the topic of Morality. Classes begin in September and are held at the Father Sullivan Center from 4:30-5:30.

2017-18 Schedule

FIRST SEMESTER

The week of:

  • September 25
  • October 2
  • October 9-No Monday class-All other classes continue as scheduled.
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 27
  • December 4
  • December 11-Make up class if needed

SECOND SEMESTER

The week of:

  • January 8
  • January 15- No Monday class-All other classes continue as scheduled.
  • January 22
  • January 29
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 12
  • March 19
  • March 26- Make up classes if needed
Fifth Grade / Sixth Grade

Students meet once weekly (M, T, W, or Th.) in small groups to discuss the following topics: Grade 5–Sacraments; Grade 6- Hebrew Scriptures. Classes are held at the Father Sullivan Center from 3:15pm-4:15pm.

2017-2018 Schedule

FIRST SEMESTER

The week of:

  • October 2
  • October 9-No Monday class-All other classes continue as scheduled.
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 27
  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18-Make up classes if needed

SECOND SEMESTER

The week of:

  • January 8
  • January 15-No Monday class-All other classes continue as scheduled.
  • January 22
  • January 29
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 12
  • March 19
  • March 26- Make up classes if needed
Seventh Grade / Eight Grade

Successful completion of this two year program is mandatory for entry into the 9th and 10th grade Confirmation Program. In this two-year community based program students come together for 12 classes in the Father Sullivan Center, and will participate in two small group out-of-class projects each year. Guest speakers and activities are offered during the year. Classes are held Tuesday (7th Grade) and Wednesday (8th Grade) from 7:00pm -8:30pm, beginning in September.

2016 -17 Schedule

7th Grade  (Tuesdays)

  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • October 25
  • November 1

8th Grade  (Wednesdays)

  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2



Second Semester


7th Grade  (Tuesdays)

  • January 10
  • January 17
  • January 24
  • January 31
  • February 7
  • February 14

8th Grade  (Wednesdays)

  • January 11
  • January 18
  • January 25
  • February 1
  • February 8
  • February 15


**DATES FOR OUT-OF-CLASS ACTIVITIES TO BE DETERMINED BY TEACHER**

Snow Make up Dates (if needed)

7th Grade (Tuesday)

  • February 28th
  • March 7th

8th Grade (Wednesday)

  • March 1st
  • March 8th

In case of inclement weather: If there is a snow day, early dismissal, or if all evening activities have been cancelled at Guilford Public Schools due to inclement weather – there will be no 7th or 8th grade religious education that evening. You may also watch WTNH News Channel 8, WFSB Channel 3 or WNBC CT Channel 4 for news of cancellation. Please note that the above calendar includes two make up dates for each grade if it should be necessary to cancel classes due to weather.

Ninth Grade / Tenth Grade

Students participate in a two year Confirmation preparation program. The program includes small and large group educational presentations on various faith themes, including Catholic identity and the meaning of Confirmation. Requirements will also include 15 hours of community service per year and at least a one day retreat and one weekend retreat during the two year period. Guest speakers, retreat days, and social events will be offered periodically throughout the year. All classes are held on Mondays, beginning in September.

Add Links – http://www.stgeorgeguilford.org/gradenineandten.html

Eleventh Grade / Twelfth Grade

High school Juniors and Seniors are invited to participate in the peer Ministry program. There is no tuition for participants, though registration is required.

Peer Ministry Program

Religious Education

Summer Office Hours

Tues-Thurs 9am-1:00pm
Phone | 203-453-3496
Fax | 203-453-1707


Staff

Director of Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs
Jessica E Mularski | jessiemularski@gmail.com

Director of Elementary Education

Grades 1-6
Diane Birdsall | x205
dbirdsall@stgeorgeguilford.org

Director of Youth Ministry

Grades 7-12
Claire Nicholls | x209
Claire@stgeorgeguilford.org

Director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Noreen Wolleben | x206
nwolleben@stgeorgeguilford.org

Administrative Assistant

Lori Roche | x203
lroche@stgeorgeguilford.org