Religious Education Office for
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parishes
166 Cross St.
Gardner MA 01440
Before the school year comes to an end and we look forward to spending some down time with our children over the summer, I would like to ask you to take just a few minutes to plan for your child’s religious education next school year.
Next year we will begin with parent orientations for those who have questions about their child’s religious education for the upcoming year. These will be held on September 3rd at 6:30 for parents of students in Grades 1-5 and 7:15 the same evening for parents of Middle School Students. On September 9th we will hold another session for parents of middle school parents at 6:30 followed by a session for High School Parents at 7:15. Parents of Middle School students do not need to come twice. I am offering their session twice so families who have students in multiple grades may hopefully be able to come out on only one night.
Classes for students in Grades 1-5 will be offered between the Masses on Sunday mornings. Classes for High School Students will be offered on Sunday Evenings with Mass being held at 5:30 p.m and Class beginning at 6:30p.m. Families of children in Middle School may choose to attend in either the morning or the evening depending upon what works best for their family. We are planning on beginning Religious Education on September 21st for Grades 1-5 as well as High School. Middle School classes will begin on September 28th.
You will find a registration form available online. Please fill it out and submit it by August 20th so we can be well prepared for your child’s first day of class. You may submit your form by dropping it in the collection or mailing it to Sacred Heart Rectory at 166 Cross St. Gardner MA 01440. If there are more than 3 school age children in your family who will be participating in our program please just make an extra copy of the second page to add additional family members. Should you need them additional hard copies of this form will be available at the main entrances of both churches or you may feel free to contact me and I would be happy to mail you a copy of the form and this information.
Our tuition this year will be $35 per child with a family maximum of $80. You may make your check out which ever parish you belong to. If you are unable to afford to pay tuition please know that we will never turn any family away due to finances. Please feel free to approach me about setting up a payment plan or ask for a scholarship if your family is in need.
We encourage parent involvement with the Faith Formation ministries of our parishes. Please consider whether God might be calling you to volunteer as a Catechist/teacher, substitute or helping hands for some of our family events. We offer training for new catechists as well as enrichment for those who are experienced.
I look forward to continuing to work with your family to help our young people deepen to their relationship with Jesus Christ and become His disciples.
Maura L. Sweeney
Director of Religious Education