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. Registration for programs is done online.
Online Registration for St. George Religious Education Families
Religious Education families must create an account using the “My Own Church” icon below to access Religious Education online registration. Once you receive an email confirmation that your account has been set up successfully you may log in to register for CCD classes and have access to update your family information. If you have any questions, please see the FAQ’s on this page to call the Office of Religious Education at 203-453-3496 for assistance.
Summer Office Hours
-begin June 17
Monday – Friday 9am-1pm
Tuition & Fees
PreK/K $25 per student
Grades 1-10 $75 per student
(Maximum of $175 tuition per family)
Grade 9 Please add $40 (retreat fee)
Grade 10 Please add $130 ($110 retreat fee & $20 robe rental)
No family will be denied due to financial constraints. To request financial assistance please call the Office of Religious Education, 203-453-3496.
Tuition fees are waived for students of Catechists (teachers).
Our program depends on volunteers, and we need your help. We are always looking for teachers in grades PreK through 8. No experience required. We supply all materials, guidance and support. If you are interested in becoming a Catechist please contact the Office of Religious Education at 203-453-3496.
At what age should I register my child for Religious Education
The parish religious education program supplements the faith formation a child is receiving at home. A parent, as the primary religious educator, is wise to enroll a child as soon as he or she is ready to enter a program. St. George offers classes for PreK3 through High School age students.
What is a typical ``school year`` for a religious education program?
St. George religious education programs run from September to April. Students will meet between 12 and 20 times depending on the grade.
How do I register my child for Religious Education classes?
Families registered at St. George must create an account using “My Own Church Member Registration” on this page. When your account has been confirmed you are able to access online registration as well as update your family information as needed.
Can I pay online for Religious Education programs?
Yes, online payment is available here or with the “Make a Payment button on this page. If you would rather not use online payment, please mail your check made payable to St. George Church to:
St. George Church
Office of Religious Education
33 Whitfield St.
Guilford, CT 06437
What topics are covered?
Please scroll down to see complete class descriptions. Each grade has a resource/calendar tab for links to online resources and updated class information. Please check the calendar frequently for updates.
Class Descriptions by Grade
PRE K & KINDERGARTEN
PRE K & KINDERGARTEN– This program introduces children Pre-K3 through Kindergarten to our Catholic faith with bible songs, stories and crafts. Classes meet the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 10-11am in the Church Hall.
GRADE 1 -Classes meet the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month in the Fr. Sullivan Center from 10:00 until the end of Mass. Students will learn about their faith through a variety of interactive lessons, crafts and stories.
GRADE 2 –First Reconciliation Program– Successful completion of this program is mandatory for entry into the 3rd grade First Communion program. Students will prepare for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation which takes place in the spring. Second grade classes the 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:00-9:50 followed by attendance at the 10:00 Mass. Older children who have not celebrated First Penance and children attending Catholic schools are welcome and must register before the program begins.
Grade 3 –First Communion Program-Students must have completed the 2nd grade Reconciliation program to enter the First Communion program. Classes meet once weekly (M, T, or W) from 4:30-5:30pm to discuss the topic of the Church and prepare for the Sacrament of First Communion which takes place in the spring. Older children who have not celebrated First Communion and children attending Catholic schools are welcome and must register before the program begins.
Grade 4– Students continue to deepen the understanding of our Church and meet once weekly (M, T, or W) from 4:30-5:30pm. They will discuss the topic of Morality by reading scripture and the learning teachings of the Ten Commandments and an introduction to the Beatitudes.
GRADE 5 & 6
GRADES 5 & 6– Students meet once weekly (M, T or W). Classes for both grades are held in the Father Sullivan Center from 3:20-4:20.
Grade 5–Students examine the 7 Sacraments to understand that God pledges to give us his unconditional and unending love.
Grade 6- Students will learn about God’s Covenant as revealed in the Old Testament. Students learn that the Scriptures are the living word of God that tells the story of our faith.
GRADE 7 & 8
GRADES 7 & 8 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 in the Fr. Sullivan Center.
GRADE 9 & 10
GRADES 9 & 10 Confirmation Program-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 alternating Mondays in the Fr. Sullivan Center.
Grades 11 & 12– Peer Ministry Program-High school Juniors and Seniors are invited to participate in the Peer Ministry program. There is no tuition for participants, though registration is required.