St. John Religious Education: Grades 1-8

Spring 2020 Update (Updated 3/31/2020)

As you know, all public and private schools in Massachusetts are closed through at least May 4, 2020. In addition, the Massachusetts stay-at-home advisory and executive order requiring all non-essential businesses to close has also been extended through May 4, as has the 10-person limit on gatherings in the state.  In keeping with these orders and advisories, the Archdiocese of Boston has suspended all onsite parish activities and programs until further notice. As such, we can now confirm that all celebrations of Confirmation and First Communion originally scheduled for April and May at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative must be postponed.  We will keep you updated with rescheduling plans when they are determined.

Given this reality, we are providing online lesson options for all grades, and additional at-home preparation materials for our First Communion and Confirmation candidates so they will be ready to receive the sacrament when we can be together again. Please also visit our Online Religious Education Resources page for additional (and hopefully fun!) faith enrichment opportunities for all ages!

Please continue to keep those affected by the coronavirus, their families, and our health care workers in your prayers. Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.

Linda Messore
St. John Religious Education Program Coordinator
Collaborative Confirmation Program Coordinator
Collaborative Youth Ministry Program Coordinator

Andrea Fay
St. John Teacher Support
Family Cluster and Middle School Program Coordinator
Safety Curriculum Facilitator

Sara Vargas and Christina Messore
Religious Education Assistants

Online Curriculum

First Communion Preparation

The children have been preparing for their sacraments with the new Dynamic Catholic “Blessed” curriculum which includes videos.  To conclude these lessons please have your child(ren) watch the final videos we selected.  Please click here and scroll down to select Lesson 3 “Preparation Matters” for the video about Preparation for the sacrament, and then Lesson 6 “Your First but not your Last” for the video about how First Communion is the first time you receive the Eucharist but not the last.

Please click here for a video on how to receive the host.  PLEASE NOTE that this is an old video and includes instructions on receiving on the tongue – please have your child disregard that information.  Other than the parts that explain receiving on the tongue it is a great video, with dos and don’ts and it explains things about the sacrament in terms anyone can understand.  Please click here for printable instructions to practice with your child.

Please find below the music we will be singing at our First Communion ceremony.  Maria and Chelsea so kindly recorded the music so the children can practice at home.

Jesus is Our King      Lyrics/Music        Recording
In Love for Me       Lyrics/Music        Recording
Jesus Shepherd       Lyrics/Music        Recording
Jesus in the Morning       Lyrics/Music        Recording
I’ve Got Peace Like a River      Lyrics/Music         Recording

Please visit our Online Religious Education Resources page  for additional (and hopefully fun!) faith enrichment opportunities for all ages!