information on our Faith Formation Program contact
Office: (860) 635-5156
Director of Religious Education: Dotty King
Contact Dotty by e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Role as Support Staff
Parents together with their children are expected to participate
in the Catholic Community of St. John by joining in the
celebration of Mass and partaking in the Sacraments they have
received. Parents need to give visible signs of their faith through
prayers, worship and sacramental celebrations. It is important that
parents make religious education a priority so as to enrich our
children's lives with our Catholic values and traditions. Religious
Education must begin with regular attendance at the Sunday Liturgy,
thus providing a sound basis for Faith Formation classes.
At baptism, as parents, you were named the primary educator of
your child. You have the major responsibility for the development of
the gift of faith in your child. The Religious Education Catechist
is merely an aide to the parent's role in this process. Be familiar
with the material they are using. Feel free to consult any member of
our staff with questions or concerns, and by all means please take
advantage to discuss, share and build a faith relationship with your
At St. John Parish the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy
Communion are an early step on your child's journey of faith - not
the end of the journey. It will be the beginning of life-long
communion in the Catholic faith. Reconciliation and the Body and
Blood of Christ will be available to strengthen and grace your child
at every step of life's journey. For each family, these first
sacraments are a chance for a new beginning, for a renewal of
dedication to and appreciation of the sacraments.
Families registering their child(ren) into the Religious
Education program should be registered parishioners of St. John.
Special arrangements can be made for non-parishioners. All new
students should present a copy of their Baptismal certificate to be
kept on file, if the student was not baptized at St. John, Cromwell.
Registration takes place in June for the following school
year. It is important to register at this time so that
classes may be organized during the summer months.
Tuition fees for religious education are announced prior to June
registration The religious education fees only partially cover
the total costs of the program and families are expected to support
the church through regular offertory contributions as
well. Costs covered by tuition and parish subsidy
include the following: textbooks, catechist manuals
& materials, staff salaries, weekly rental for the Saturday
morning use of the WIS School in Cromwell, catechist education
programs sponsored by the diocese, sacramental preparation,
communication costs, curriculum development, in-service
catechists programs and general office operation.