Religious Education

Kindergarten-Grade 5

The structure of our K-5 Faith Formation Program reflects the goals of providing opportunities for classroom learning, parent education, home study, worship and Christian service. One monthly meeting is a Parent/Child Day with students participating in grade level classes with a catechist, while parents participate in an adult education session featuring a speaker reflecting  on topics relevant to family faith formation. In the other monthly meeting only the children attend and participate in classes with their catechist. The weeks in between meetings, parents cover selected materials at home with their children. Mass participation remains an integral part of faith formation, and we will offer Liturgy of Word with Children at both the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. The entire community also comes together for special events such as Family Service Sundays, Epiphany Celebration, and Catechetical (Teacher Recognition) Sunday.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Good Shepherd Parish provides the opportunity for children ages 4 to 10 to participate in the Liturgy of the Word for Children at the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses during the academic year.  The children are sent by the community to hear the readings proclaimed and explained by a liturgical minister in a way that is designed to be engaging and understandable on their levelAll students are also encouraged to attend Children's Liturgy of the Word weekely at mass.

Religious Education Grades 6-8

6th, 7th & 8th grade class meetings are held on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.  Classes start about 6:45pm and conclude at 8pm.  Classes are held in 2 6 week blocks for optimum community building and learning.  The year will begin with the kids coming to class first then a parent meeting will be held while the kids are in class at the 2nd evening.  Community & Service are a critical part of our program where the kids will come together to get to know each other and serve the community in some small way as they live out their baptismal promises.

This program is run with volunteer catechists and assistants.  Please be generous with your own time to volunteer as an assistant to these programs so that they may continue. 

2017 - 2018 Tuesday Middle School schedule
2017 - 2018 Wednesday Middle School schedule

Confirmation Preparation (Grades 9 & 10)

Our preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation runs on a two-year cycle with two groups. The groups are generally divided between 9th grade and 10th grade students and meet once or twice a month for two hours following the Sunday 5 pm Mass (6:00-8:15 pm).  Each meeting includes dinner together; it is our hope that each family will be willing to support this meal by either volunteering to help serve the meal or contributing a financial donation. The gatherings are a combination of small group discussions, speakers, videos, and activities focused on the faith formation as the Candidates prepare to be recognized as full adult participants in the life of the Church. Part of this preparation includes building a relationship with a Confirmation Sponsor, and very occasional home work. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the Spring with the date determined by the schedule of the Bishop.



Parish Vacation Camp
for ages 5 - 11
Monday, June 25 through
Friday, June 29
9:00am - 12:00pm
St. Zepherin Center
99 Main Street

Vacation Bible School


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For more information or to register for Religious Education classes or groups contact the following appropriate staff member or


Religious Education K-8
Director of Religious Education,
Sue Muldoon

Grades 6-8
Associate Youth Ministry Director,
Kelly McPherson

Youth Ministry & Confirmation
Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation,
Laura Tringali



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Weekend Masses
Sat at 4 pm St Ann
8:30am St Zepherin 
10:30am  St Ann 
*5:00pm St Zepherin 
*resumes September 10, 2017