Childrens Religious Education

Educación Religiosa para Niños

 Introducción

Bienvenido/a al programa de Educación Religiosa de María Madre de Dios. Nuestra misión es guiar a los niños de nuestra parroquia en el camino de nuestra fe Católica con sus padres/guardoanes como sus profesores principales.

Ofrecemos un programa anual para niños de primer a octavo grado que sigue muy de cerca el calendario de la escuela de Hillsborough. Ofrecemos clases una vez a la semana, con la alternativa de educación en casa por los padres para niños en grados tercero a sexto.

En este momento las clases son en Inglés.

 Sacramental Preparation

De acuerdo con la política de la Diocesis de Metuchen, los niños deben tener 2 años de educación religiosa formal antes de recibir la Primera Comunión y la Confirmación. La oficina de Educación Religiosa requiere una copia de Registro de Bautismo antes de la primera Confesión., Primera Comunión y Confirmación. 

 Schedule

Las clases normalmente van desde mediados a final de Septiembre, hasta la primera semana de Mayo. Los niños enseñados en casa se reunen 4 noches por año escolar. Los estudiantes deben ir a todas las clases excepto debido a enfermedad o a una emergencia familiar.

Las clases son planeadas de auerdo con la siguiente agenda:

  • Grados 1-6: 
    • 4:15pm-5:30pm Martes o Miércoles.
    • 5:00pm-6:15pm Jueves.
  • Grados 6-8: 
    • 7:00pm-8:15pm Martes o Miércoles.

Los Catequistas y ayudantes son todos voluntarios. La disponibilidad de las clases depende de el número de Catequistas así que no todos los días y horas planeadas pueden estar disponibles. Por favor piense en ayudarnos; los Catequistas y ayudantes tiene prioridad en la asiganción de clases para sus hijos y no tienen que pagar por la clase.

 Registro y Tarifas

De acuerdo con la Diocesis, todas las familias de los estudiantes en nuestro Programa de Educación Religiosa deben de estar registrados en la parroquia. Se permiten situaciones especiales con la aprovación del Padre Sean o el Diácono Chris. Las Formas par Registro para el año que viene estaran disponibles en la oficina de la parroquia, la oficina de educación religiosa, o en este web site. La matrícula y el costo de los sacramentos deben ser pagados al registrase a menos que se haya acordado algo distinto con el Padre Sean o el Diácono Chris.

Proceso de Registro

Forma de Registro e Instrucciones

Fees 2014 – 2015 School Year

  • $150 por 1 niño,
  • $195 por 2 niños,
  • $230 por 3 o mas niños. 
  • Registros recibidos después del primero de Junio tendrán un cargo por pago tardío de $25 por familia. 
  • Los estudiantes de segundo grado tienen un costo adicional de $25 para pago de la Primera Comunión.
  • los estudiantes de octavo grado tienen un costo adicional de $60 para pago de la Confirmación (incluye alquiler de la toga y el retiro). 
  • Hay Buses disponibles desde la escuela de Auten Road School sólamente para estudiantes de quinto y sexto grado que van a las class de las 4:15pm por un costo adicional de $50 
  • Por favor hable con el Padre Sean o el Diácono Chris si tiene problemas financieros para el pago, pero espere para mandar las formas de registro.
  • Por favor haga todos los cheques a favor de "Mary Mother of God Church."

 Forms

Parent's Handbook

Registration Form and Instructions

Waiver of Liability

Permission to Self Administer Medication

Release for Staff to Administer Medication

Opt Out of Safe Environment-Family Life Program

 Annual Calendar

2013-2014 Calendar

 First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation for all second grade students will begin at 7:00pm on January 21st, 2013 in the Church.   Students should meet their catechist teachers in the gathering space (vestibule) no later than 6:45pm.   Parents are encouraged to remain with them in the Church until their confession is heard at which time they are dismissed. The Church and gathering space will remain a place of silence and prayer as they wait their turn for confession. Parents with younger siblings are encouraged to wait in Schellberg Hall.

Rehearsal for First Reconciliation will take place in class prior to January 21. 

 First Eucharist

The First Eucharist Masses will be on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:00am and 1:30pm.

Thursday classes and Mrs. Machala’s Wednesday class will be at 11:00am.

These classes are to report to the classroom area no later than 10:30am.

Tuesday classes and Mrs. Cohen’s Wednesday class will be at 1:30pm.

These classes are to report to the classroom area no later than 1:00pm. 

First Eucharist Practice Schedule

The 1:30pm group will practice on:

Monday, May 5th from 4:30pm to 5:45 pm

Tuesday, May 6th from 4:30pm to 5:45 pm

The 11:00am group will practice on:

Wednesday, May 7th from 4:30pm to 5:45pm

Thursday, May 8th from 4:30pm to 5:45pm 

Attire for First Eucharist

Boys: Navy Blue Suit or Navy Blue Blazer with gray pants, white shirt, white tie, appropriate socks and dress shoes. NO SNEAKERS, NO BOUTONNIERES, NO ARMBANDS.

Girls: White dress, white veil, white stockings or socks, white shoes.  NO GLOVES, NO CORSAGES

Altar Cloth:  We will be making an altar cloth with the children to be placed on the altar the day of First Eucharist. The cloth will consist of 12x12 white squares made by each child on which they draw what they are praying for on the day of their First Eucharist.

We ask you to get a white cotton cloth, it can be a white cotton napkin, or a cut piece of sheet or any white cotton cloth.  Next please help your child to decorate it with what they are praying for.  Examples are peace, grandparents, sick friend or relative, pet, family, whatever they would like.  It should be their work and about 1 inch from the bottom, please have them sign their first name and last initial.

Please have the finished cloth to your child’s teacher by March 11, 12 or 13 so we can have them sewn together to make the altar cloth (if any parents would like to volunteer to do the sewing, please contact Deacon Chris, 874-8604.)

Banners:  We will be making family banners that will be hung in the Church on the day of First Eucharist.  The directions and material will be sent home with your child in late January.  The Banners will be picked up the day of First Eucharist.

Video DVD:  You may order a DVD of the First Eucharist Mass.  NO PRIVATE PICTURE TAKING OR VIDEO RECORDING IS PERMITTED IN THE CHURCH DURING MASS.  You can pick up your DVD in the Church during the summer.

May Crowning: The Altar Rosary Society of Mary, Mother of God has a tradition of crowning the Blessed Mother during May and have invited the First Communion children to participate in the crowning of the Blessed Mother. See the parish bulletin and parish website for the date and time of the May Crowing Mass. Children who participate are asked to wear their First Communion attire and process in together and sit together. 

Altar Servers:  We would like to have any altar servers who have a sibling receiving First Eucharist assist at Mass.  Call Deacon Chris, 874-8604 to sign up.

Ushers:  We would like to invite any 6th or 7th grader or older siblings to help as ushers/greeter at Mass.  Call Deacon Chris to volunteer.

Questionnaire for First Eucharist 

The following form must be filled out completely and returned to your child's Catechist:

First Eucharist Questionnaire

 Confirmation Information

Confirmation will be on Saturday, April 26 at 10:30am and 1:00pm.  Abbot Gerard Lair, O.S.B., will be the celebrant. 

Tuesday, 8th grade classes will be confirmed at 1:00pm.  Students must be in the gym by 12:30pm with their sponsor.  Practice for the Tuesday students will be on Tuesday, April 22 at 7pm.  Students are to meet in the gym with their sponsor or a parent.

Wednesday, 8th grade classes will be confirmed at 10:30am.  Student must be in the gym by 10am with their sponsor.  Practice for the Wednesday students will be on Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm.  Students are to meet in the gym with their sponsor or parent. 

All students will wear Confirmation robes which we will obtain.  We will measure students for the robes in the near future during class time.  Dress for Confirmation day is white shirt, solid tie, dress pants and dress shoes for boys and dress or skirt and blouse with dress shoes for girls.  Girls please note; we will need to know the approximate size of heels in order to properly measure the robes.

This is also a reminder that the Confirmation Retreat will be here at the parish on Saturday, April 5th from 9am until 3pm.  More information to follow.  Please note; it is Diocesan Policy that students cannot be confirmed unless they attend a Confirmation retreat.  

 Emergency Closing Policy

If the Hillsborough Schools are CLOSED or have an EARLY DISMISSAL, WE WILL BE CLOSED.

If we are closed, there will be no bus service from Auten Road School to Mary Mother of God.  Please ensure your children understand this and take their regular bus route home.

Other sources of closing information:

  • MMOG Religious Education Office announcements on 908-874-8604
  • Mary Mother of God Website, http://www.marymotherofgod.org
  • Hillsborough Township School District homepage,  http://www.htps.us
  • Hillsborough Township Board of Education message line 908-431-6600
  • Comcast cable Channel 27 (Educational TV)
  • Comcast cable Channel 62 (News 12 NJ)
  • Radio station WCTC New Brunswick (1450 am)

 Parish & Community Service Opportunities

These are some suggested parish and community service activities for seventh and eighth grade students. Call the contact under each section to schedule yourself to assist.

Pig Roast for Alex

A charity event for children with disabilities, sponsored by the Manville-Hillsborough Elks.

May 17th, 2014. Volunteers needed from 9am until Noon and from Noon until 3pm.

Contact Tabatha Burke (908) 566-2330 for more information or to volunteer.

Hillsborough High School Theater

Lobby volunteers are needed for May 9th and May 10th.  Call Carol Kravette, (909) 400-5763  for information and scheduling.

Ziti for the Needy

Prepare trays of Ziti for Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) in Somerville.  To be scheduled through the Religious Education Office.

Parish Youth Ministries

If you are a regularly attending member of a parish youth ministry (Altar Servers, Youth Choir, Junior Usher/Greeter) then you may record a maximum of three hours of your service to your twenty hour commitment.