Notification

  Cancelation of CCD Classes & Postponement of sacraments

The Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion scheduled for May at St. Clare have been postponed. The remainder of the year’s classes are canceled. 


Our youth will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation or First Holy Communion for which they worked very hard this past year; you will receive rescheduled dates as soon as plans are made so that you can adjust your schedule.

  

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE from Religious Education Coordinator and CCD teachers.


Continue to pray together, especially the Holy Rosary, and watch the Mass on TV. When you make a Spiritual Communion, you will obtain all the graces. Pray Saint Francis of Assisi's Spiritual Communion Prayer.


           My Jesus, I believe that you are present 

           in the Most Blessed Sacrament.  

           I love You above all things and

           I desire to receive You into my soul.

           Since I cannot receive you Sacramentally,

           come at least spiritually into my heart.

           I embrace You as if You have already come,

           and unite myself wholly to You.  

           Never permit me to be separated from you.

           Amen.   





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   Updated 4/6/2020

Religious Education

Welcome to our CCD Faith Formation Program!


Children’s Faith Formation provides children and youth in


elementary – high school grades with an ongoing opportunity to


encounter Jesus Christ and grow in relationship with Him and the


Catholic Church. Using an approved curriculum, catechists help the


participants to deepen their knowledge of Jesus, grow in their love


of Jesus, and faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives.









RELIGIOUS EDUCATION


Mission Statement:


The CCD Program at St. Clare's Church provides children in elementary and middle school grades with an ongoing opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ and grow in relationship with Him and the Catholic Church. Using an approved curriculum, Catechists help the participants to deepen their knowledge of Jesus, grow in their love of Jesus and faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives.


In addition, our program prepares children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. This involves a partnership among families, parishioners and catechists. St. Clare's religious education program exists to assist parents in fulfilling their obligation by providing them with a formal, structured and planned program of catechesis and formation.


Program Philosophy:


At your child's baptism, you accepted "the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith" and acknowledged "your duty to bring your child up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor" 

(Right of Baptism).


As primary teachers and models of the Christian faith, parents are called on most importantly in the Sacramental Preparation of their children. To assist in this experience, we invite parents to be involved with their child's learning by making sure they attend all classes, complete any assignments, review weekly lessons, pray together, attend Mass and join in any retreats or functions that will enhance their faith formation.





If you love working with children, want to share your faith and are interested in joining this Ministry, please call the parish office at 401-348-8765.




Elementary Grades 1-5 & Middle School Grade 6


Teachers provide foundational lessons and guidance in the Catholic faith including sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and First Eucharist in 2nd-grade.  All students have classes, 6-7 pm, Monday evenings.   Elementary students assemble in the Parish Center for instruction, and Middle School grade 6 students assemble in the Parish Center. The religious education year runs September through April. Consult the Sunday Bulletin and the Church Calendar for class schedules. 


Please use this form to register: CCD Registration Form, Grades 1-7


Grades 7 & 8


These two years are the Confirmation program. Classes take place, 6-7 pm, Monday evenings. 7th-grade students assemble in the Parish Center and 8th-grade students, in the lower rectory.   The religious education year runs September through April. Consult the Sunday Bulletin and the Church Calendar for class schedules. 


Information about the requirements for a Confirmation Sponsor and Service Hours for the 8th-grade class can be obtained by clicking on the links below. 


Please register for Confirmation by using the 8th Grade Registration form.   Use the Confirmation Sponsor form to select a sponsor, and use the Confirmation Community Service Hours form to register for the required 15 hours of community service. 


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Please direct all question about St. Clare Religious Education to Cindy Gaccione, Director of Religious Education, at 401-348-8765.

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Adult education

 + Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Adults seeking to become Catholics,  wishing to complete their Sacraments, or wishing to deepen their knowledge of the faith take a formation journey to the font of Baptism, Confirmation, and full initiation into the Catholic Faith. 


Classes generally begin in October.

To register, please call the Parish Office at 401-348-8765 and download and complete the RCIA Registration Form.


Adult Education

Opportunities for ongoing development of faith within the parish community take place throughout the year in retreats, workshops, bulletin inserts, conferences, seminars, and visiting speakers. 


+ Marriage Preparation

Couples prepare for the sacrament of Marriage through Marriage Preparation programs and reflective tools. 


+  Baptism

Parents prepare to present their children for the sacrament of Baptism.  


All aspects of this ministry welcome those who wish to share their faith and life experience as catechists, teachers, group leaders, monitors, sponsors, presenters, aides and assistants. Volunteers are welcome.


Please consult the Calendar & Events page for further information or call the Parish Office for more information at 348-8765.