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Religious Education


Saint Joseph Religious Education

Mrs. Lynn Smierciak, DRE 
(203) 778-1920   


Our Mission
In 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, 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 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 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.

Grades 1-6 Classes 

  • Grades 1-6 Classes begin in late September or early October. The dates will be announced.
  • 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 unexcused absences are allowed. 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.‚Äč

    Levels I and II Confirmation Classes

  • Classes begin in mid-September. The date will be announced.
  • Meet approximately twice a month on Sundays, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m. or on Wednesdays,
    4:00 – 5:15 p.m. in the school. 
  • Holiday weekends disrupt the class schedule. Please refer to your calendars regularly.
  • Only 3 unexcused absences are allowed. 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 Penance 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 June 22, 2018, registration fees are one child - $175.00 and two or more children - $325.00
  • Additional $50.00 fee for students making the Sacraments of First Penance/First Holy Communion.
  • A $70.00 Sacrament fee is due for Level II Confirmation students.

Calendars and Class Assignments

  • Calendars will be mailed home in September along with class assignments.
  • Religious Education classes follow the Danbury Public Schools calendar.

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Religious Education Team

Tuesday Catechists:
First Grade:  Mrs. Maria Merino-Schweitzer & Mrs. Debra Webb-Maloney
Second Grade:  Mrs. Ania Szurawski
Third Grade: Mrs. Bridgid Schaffer
Fourth Grade:  Mrs. Kathleen Donellan-Chenard
Fifth Grade:  Mrs. Joyce Pasquarella
Sixth Grade:  Mr. Brian Walsh
Wednesday Catechists:
First Grade:  Miss Kendra Dascano & Miss Alycia Sweeny
Second Grade:  Mrs. Kathleen Johnson
Third Grade:  Mrs. Becky Wallin
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Nancy Keilty
Fifth Grade:   Mrs. Georgiana Rescigno & Mrs. Stacy Smith-Brown
Sixth Grade:  Mr. Art Regan
Level I Catechists:
Sunday:  Mrs. Cheryl Fusco & Miss Ann McCarthy
Wednesday:  Mrs. Maura Gibson
Level II Catechists:
Sunday:  Mr. Ric DiPierro
Wednesday:  Mr. Jake & Mrs. Jeanette Jakobson
Aides, Substitutes & Monitors:
Mrs. Laura Vernile-Pellitteri, Mrs. Susan DeMato, Mrs. Terri Stramiello, Mr. Michael Suozzo, Mrs. Tracy Ciccone, Miss Shawna O'Leary, Mrs. Caroline Civitano, Mrs. Lisette Alonso, Mrs. Cara DeFonce, Mrs. Rita Treglia, and Mrs. Renee Butera

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