Youth Faith Formation


Greetings Families!

Welcome! The Paulist Center Family Religious Education Program (FREP) is a collection of programs, events, activities, and opportunities that support and encourage families as they live, pray, and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Partnering with volunteer teachers, we help nurture and support children’s spiritual and religious potential through classroom instruction, prayer, the celebration of the sacraments, and social justice – all done within the context of the Catholic tradition.

The goal of catechesis is not simply to confirm children in 9th or 10th grade but to form future adults who are fully prepared to lead a life of discipleship in Christ. Religious Education is a way of developing conscious and active participation in the worship, service, and mission of the Church. Our goal is to support children’s faith formation of the Catholic Christian as a spiritual, moral, and discerning person.

Our Faith Formation Program for children begins in 1st Grade and continues through our Sr. High Youth Group, Grades 9-12. The sacrament of First Holy Communion takes place in 2nd Grade, First Reconciliation in Grades 2-4, and the Sacrament of Youth Confirmation in 9th & 10th Grades. (Teen Confirmation at the Paulist Center happens every other year; the next year will be 2024-2025.)

We invite all families to register your child(ren) for our formal religious education programs Grades 1-6, Jr. High Youth Group (Grades 7-8) and Sr. High Youth Group (Grades 9-12) and/or for a desired sacrament. We highly encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities provided for children to form their faith through our formal programs, liturgies, family socials, intergenerational classes and service projects. New families are invited to reach out to Susan Rutkowski (link to email) for help getting connected to current families in our program to find support and companionship in our faith community.

TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES:

The tabs and calendars  on the faith formation page include descriptions of the programs and activities offered by the Paulist Center Family Religious Education Program. Please read them over and register by completing the registration form.

Religious Education for Grades 1-6

Jr. and Sr. High Youth Groups

Pay the FREP fee either online (www.paulistcenter.org/Giving/Donate & choose the Family Ministry Program line) or send in a check with your mailed registration form. With the high cost of inflation affecting all materials used for our Religious and Sacramental Prep Programs, we needed to increase the registration fee for FREP to cover expenses of books, craft supplies (for classrooms and group events), and food for social and group events. Therefore, in the current year, the registration fees remain at $175 for one child, $200 for two children, $225 for three children, $250 for four children.

**As always, we can make other arrangements for any families where these fees would be a financial hardship. Please contact Susan Rutkowski. Any amount donated over and above your child’s fee will be used to help others as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the information above, please contact Susan Rutkowski at susan@paulistcenter.org or 617-948-2426. All of the staff look forward to the return of and engagement with all of the wonderful children and teens at the Paulist Center! Look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Registration is required for these programs. View this year’s registration form to sign up now.

FREP Calendar for 2024-2025

Date Day Class/Event Notes
September 8 TEACHER ORIENTATION Sunday Teachers meet 3rd Floor Seminar Room
September 15

YLM (Youth Liturgical Ministry Mass)

Sunday FREP Kick-off Liturgy

10 am Mass

Parent Orientation with Teachers in 6th-floor classrooms. Children in Auditorium. *Confirm. Team Building
September 22 Sunday 1st Class: All Classes – 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Confirmation Class***

1st Week of Religious Education Classes
September 29 Sunday Class
October 6 Sunday All Classes Service Project (HELP HANDS)

Confirmation Class***

 
October 13 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY
October 20

YLM

Sunday Intergenerational Class – Auditorium

Confirmation Class***

Immigration Advocacy Group (IAG)
October 27 Sunday Class
November 3

YLM

Sunday Intergenerational Class – Auditorium Norm-Liturgical Ministry Roles

 

November 10 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY VETERAN’S DAY
November 17 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

 
November 17 Sunday 12:30 PM – Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation In Chapel (Sac. Prep dates provided to registrants)
November 24 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

 
December 1 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY THANKSGIVING
December 8

YLM

Sunday Advent Family Social

Confirmation Class***

Auditorium
December 15 Sunday Class Christmas Concert
December 22 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS BREAK
December 29 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS BREAK
January 5 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

 
January 12

YLM

Sunday Intergenerational Class-Auditorium Racial Justice Advocacy Group (RJAG)
January 19 Sunday OFF-HOLIDAY MLK, JR. DAY
January 26 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

1st Communion Mtg
February 2 *YLM Sunday Class Rite of Enrollment 1st Communion
February 9 Sunday All Classes Service Project

Confirmation Class***

 
February 16 & 23 Sundays OFF-SCHOOL VACATION WINTER BREAK
March 2 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

1st Communion Mtg
March 9

YLM

Sunday Lenten Family Social Auditorium
March 16 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

Parent Listening Session Grades 1-6

 

March 23 Sunday Class SAFETY SUNDAY (Empowering God’s Children)
March 30 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class ***

 
April 6

YLM

Sunday Intergenerational Class-Auditorium Creation Care Ministry
April 13 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

1st Communion Seder
April 20 Sunday OFF – HOLIDAY EASTER
April 27 Sunday Class

Confirmation Class***

May 3 Saturday FREP Kids Volunteer Annual Auction Fundraiser
May 4 Sunday Walk for Hunger End of Year FREP Party – Auditorium
May 11 Sunday FREP CLASSES OVER Mother’s Day (Back up date for 1st Communion. Date confirmed in Jan.)
May 18 Sunday Sacrament of 1st Communion

Last Confirmation Class***

1st Communion Reception
June 1 Sunday Confirmation Rehearsal – Chapel 11:30 am -12:30 pm
June 7 – DATE

TENTATIVE! TBA

Saturday 5 pm Mass Sacrament of Confirmation *Waiting on date & time confirmation from Bishop Reed

 

*Some dates are potentially subject to change as the year progresses.
** No formal Sr. High Youth Group due to Teen Confirmation Class .
***Teen Confirmation Class only meets on these designated dates.