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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 and His love more deeply, through Jesus Christ His Son, and to reflect that love in works for others, through the grace of the Holy Spirit. 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 empower our students and their families as they embrace their Catholic faith and live their Catholic faith, which in turn will lead to authentic discipleship.



  • Classes begin on Tuesday, September 20th. Students receiving sacraments will meet for workshops and retreats on scheduled Saturdays and/or Sundays.

  • All classes meet weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:15 pm, in the Carmen

  • Buck Religious Education Building. Schedules will be provided by your catechists. Please indicate your preferred day on the registration form. Based on catechist availability, we will do our best to accommodate your preference.

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

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


  • First Reconciliation, 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.

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

Tuition Fees

  • Register by July 30, 2022 for the early registration pricing. Payment must be made prior to July 30th either in our office or online. Registration forms alone cannot be accepted for the early registration pricing.

  • The same tuition cost applies to all students in grades 1–8.

  • Early Registration Fees: One child - $150 and 2 or more children - $275

  • Registration Tuition Fees after July 30th: One child - $175 and 2 or more children - $325 

Sacrament Fees: $75 per child

  • Students receiving a sacrament of First Reconciliation, First Communion, or in  Confirmation preparation will be charged a fee to cover all materials, workshops,  retreats, and Masses that occur during the school year.

Checks made payable to Saint Joseph Church. Credit card payment is available through Online Giving via the Parish website: Please select: Religious Education Fees 4150.



Registration Form

Annual Consent and Release Form

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Religious Education Catechists and Aides for 2022-2023: will be announced soon…




























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