Religious Education Program

The St. Mary’s and Sts Francis and Clare Religious Education Program aims at supporting our parents by offering consistent, developmental, and formal education in the basic life and worship of Catholic Tradition.  Emphasis is placed on the life of Jesus, His message, His values and showing us how to live our lives according to Jesus’ teachings.  We strive to bring our children to a deeper and more loving relationship with the Lord Jesus.  If God’s work truly is our own, then, by fulfilling our responsibilities to these young people and with God’s help, our children will come to this graced relationship with our God.  We encourage the involvement of our Religious Education students and families in Parish activities.  We look forward to sharing weekend Mass with you.  We encourage you to bring your children to as many Parish events throughout the Liturgical, Advent and Lenten Seasons.  We believe this participation enables the children to truly experience what it means to be a part of a Parish family.

Sacramental Preparation Program

First Penance which provides God’s loving forgiveness will be celebrated on January 27, 2018 for all students in Grade 2 of our program.

First Eucharist welcomes children to the Table of the Lord, as they receive for the first time the Body and Blood of Jesus.  This sacrament will be celebrated for Grade 2 students on either April 28, 2018 or May 5, 2018.

There are required meetings and retreats in conjunction with First Penance and First Eucharist which parents and children are expected to attend.

Confirmation where our Candidates affirm their Baptismal promises and receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated in May 2018 at 6:00PM.

There are several requirements which need to be fulfilled in order for Confirmation to be administered.  Please refer to the red “Confirmation Candidates Booklet” which was distributed to all candidates in the Spring of 2017 for an in-depth explanation of these requirements.  Candidates are expected to participate in weekly and Holy Day Masses in addition to Sunday Religious Education classes, meetings, retreats and community service activities. 

Class Schedule Grades 1st through 8th

Sunday morning

  • Session A – 8:00 – 9:15AM
  • Session B – 9:45 – 11:00AM
  • Session C – 11:15AM – 12:30PM

Tuesday evening

  • Session D
    • 5:00 – 6:15PM 1st – 4th grade
    • 6:30 – 7:45PM   5th – 8th grade

45 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505 – inside the Parish Office

  • MondayThursday7:30AM – 2:30PM
  • Friday8:30AM – 1:30PM


Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Local Knights of Columbus Ask Students to Show How to “Keep Christ in Christmas”

Knights of Columbus Council 570 is inviting Religious Education students from ages 5 through 14 to participate in the organization’s “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest.  By engaging the creativity and imaginations of our young people, we hope they come to a deeper understanding of the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas.

The contest will be conducted locally with the winning entries advancing to the regional level and then to the state and national levels.  The winning entries will serve as the basis for a series of new Christmas posters that encourage a deeper understanding of the holiday.  Posters must be submitted to the St. Mary’s parish office or Religious Education teacher/coordinator by December 12, 2017.

The Knights have made available a limited number of free poster boards.  They are available at the parish office or through Religious Education.  Please contact the program coordinator with any questions, Bob Sherrier, Past Grand Knight.  His contact information is 609-364-0803 or bdsherrier@msn.com.

Here are some of the rules:

  • Contest entrants compete in one of three age groups – ages 5-7 or 8 – 10 or 11 – 14.
  • Submission deadline of Tuesday, December 12, 2017
  • Poster must reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas.
  • Each poster should be the original work (including concept, layout,
    slogan and any visual images) of a single person.
  • Poster must be approximately 11×17 and include a Poster Contest
    entry form available at the St. Mary Parish office.
  • First and second place finishers within each age group will be awarded
    a Barnes and Noble gift card.

Judging 100 point scale:

  • Slogan-30 Points: How clearly is the theme presented?
  • Visuals-30 Points: How well do the visuals convey the message?
  • Overall Impact-40 Points: How effective was the poster in capturing
    your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic at hand?

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Conn.  With charity as its central commitment, the organization has grown to 1.9 million members worldwide.  In the last decade, the Knights donated more than $1.6 billion and gave more than 700 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes.