CCD PROGRAM (Grades K – 8)
I hope that in the midst of summer you are making time for rest and relaxation! However, time passes quickly and so very soon your children will be returning to school. Here at St. Stanislaus, as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary this year, not only are we getting ready for another school year for our elementary school (st.stanislaus.mec.edu), but we are also gearing up our Religious Education Program for children from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. As pastor I consider our Religious Education Program to be of the greatest importance and I am committed to making our program the best.
Just as summertime passes by very quickly, so does the time when our children need to learn about Jesus and the love that He has for them. This foundation in faith will help them for a life time of summers. As parents you have an awesome responsibility in teaching your child and indeed you are their first and best teachers. As you rely on others to help you in teaching them their academic subjects we are here to help you teach them about the things of God. To do that we have a group of dedicated Religious Education Catechists who love our Lord and want to share Him and His teachings with your child(ren).
Whether your child was in our program last year or has never been in our program he or she is most welcome to join our classes. Below is a link to the 2016-17 calendar. Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and begin on September 10th. For your child(ren) to participate you will need to submit the enclosed yellow registration form by August 15th. It is a two-part form so be sure to fill out both parts. If your child is new to the program you will also need to submit a copy of his/her baptismal certificate if your child was not baptized at St. Stan’s.
The fees are the same again this year: One child – $45; Two children – $80; three or more children – $100. The non-parishioner fee is $95 per child. If you register by August 1st the fee is $10 less per child. If cost is an issue contact me so we can make it possible for your child to come to classes.
You may mail the forms to: Religious Education Office – 40 Cyman Drive – Chicopee, MA 01013 or drop off them off at the office (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). The August 15 registration deadline is important for us so we can order all the necessary supplies and books in time for the first day of class as well as determine class size and catechist assignments. We hope to see your child in September!
May our Lord Jesus bless you,
Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv., Pastor
Fr. Michael Englert OFM Conv., Parochial Vicar/Moderator of Religious Education