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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.

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 21, 2019, 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.



Registration Form

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Religious Education Team for 2018-2019:

Tuesday Catechists:
First Grade: Mrs. Randylynn Brosz
Second Grade: Mrs. Maria Merino-Schweitzer & Mrs. Debra Webb-Maloney
Third Grade: Mrs. Joyce Pasquarella
Fourth Grade: Mr. Brian Walsh
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Kathleen Donellan-Chenard & Mrs. Laura Vernile-Pellitteri
Sixth Grade: Mr. Art Regan

Wednesday Catechists:
First Grade: Mrs. Jennifer Baranowski & Mrs. Colleen Slaiby
Second Grade: Mrs. Ania Szurawski
Third Grade: Mrs. Christine Fournier & Ms. Jillian Goodman
Fourth Grade: Mrs. Becky Wallin
Fifth Grade: Miss Alycia Sweeny & Miss Shawna O’Leary
Sixth Grade: Mrs. Georgiana Rescigno

Level I Catechists:
Sunday: Mr. Ric DiPierro
Wednesday: Mr. Jake and Mrs. Jeanette Jakobson

Level II Catechists:
Sunday: Mrs. Cheryl Fusco
Sunday: Ms. Ann V. McCarthy
Wednesday: Mrs. Maura Gibson
Wednesday: Mrs. Nancy Keilty

Aides, Substitutes, and Monitors:
Miss Rebecca Andersen, Miss Samantha Andersen, Mrs. Susan DeMato, Mrs. Brigid Schaffer, Mr. Michael Suozzo, Mrs. Terri Stramiello, Mrs. Lisette Alonso, Mrs. Cara DeFonce, Mrs. Dawn DaSilva, Mrs. Indira Goris, Mrs. Rita Treglia, and Mrs. Renee Butera

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