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Religious Education


Saint Joseph Religious Education


Mrs. Maria Merino-Schweitzer 
(203) 778-1920    


Our Mission In the Saint Joseph Religious Education Program, we welcome students and their families to come to know our Heavenly Father more deeply through Jesus Christ His Son, to know His love, and in turn through the grace of the Holy Spirit, to reflect that love in works for others. Based on the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church - the Profession of Faith, the Sacraments, the Life of Faith, and Prayer - our purpose is to instruct the children in a solid doctrine through scripture, prayer, liturgy, and the lives of the saints. Our efforts find completion in the commitment and cooperation of the parents who are always the first and foremost educators of their children. Together, we strive to pass on the light of faith that will burn forever in their hearts and minds.

Classes Grades 1-6 Classes

  • Grades 1-6 Classes begin in late September or early October. The dates will be announced.

  • They are held weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. in Saint Joseph School. Please indicate your choice of day on the registration form.

  • Only 3 absences are allowed. Please call the Religious Education Office in the Carmen Buck Religious Education Building if your child will be absent. The office number is 203-778-1920.

Levels I and II Confirmation Classes

  • Classes begin in mid-September. The dates will be announced.

  • They meet approximately twice a month on Sundays from 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. or on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in the school.

  • Holiday weekends disrupt the class schedule. Please refer to your calendars regularly.

  • Only 3 absences are allowed. Please call the office if your child will be absent. For the Religious Education Office in the school, call 203-743-7754.


  • First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation are 2 year programs.

  • A student must be enrolled for 2 consecutive years to be eligible to receive a sacrament.

  • First Communion and Confirmation dates will be announced as soon as available. First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion take place in the spring. The Office of the Bishop schedules the date of Confirmation.

Registration Fees

  • Early registration fees are one child - $150.00 and two or more children - $275.00.

  • After 6/30/21, registration fees are one child - $175.00 and two or more children - $325.00.

  • There is an additional $75.00 fee for students making the Sacraments of First Reconciliation/First Holy Communion.

  • A $75.00 Sacrament fee is due for Level II Confirmation students.



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Religious Education Catechists for 2020-2021:

Tuesday Catechists

First Grade Miss Alexandra and Miss Gabriella Cos

Second Grade Deacon Don and Mrs. Stephania Naiman

Third Grade Mr. Art Regan and Mrs. Jessica Regan

Fourth GradeMrs. Maria Merino-Schweitzer

Fifth GradeMrs. Joyce Pasquarella

Sixth GradeTBD

Wednesday Catechists

First Grade Miss Rebecca and Miss Samantha


Second Grade Mrs. Ania Szurawski and Mrs. Jessy Jos

Third Grade Mrs. Colleen Slaiby

Fourth GradeTBD

Fifth GradeMrs. Christine Fournier

Sixth GradeMrs. Becky Wallin and Mrs. Anne Marie Iozzo

Level I Catechists

Sunday – Mrs. Maria Merino-Schweitzer

Wednesday Mr. Ric DiPierro, Mr. Jake Jacobson and Mrs. Jeanette Jakobson

Level II Catechists

Sunday – Mrs. Cheryl Fusco

Wednesday – Ms. Ann McCarthy and Mrs. Maura Gibson

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