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