Faith Formation

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The family is the child’s first teacher. The goal of religious education for children is to partner with the family in providing knowledge about our faith and an experience of life in the Christian community. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal relationship with Christ. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are generally received for the first time in the second grade.

2016-2017 CCD Class Schedule (Classes begin September 19th )

St Joseph - Monday at 4:30 pm           Grades 1st, 3rd and 4th

OLOS - Monday at 5:30 pm                Grade 2nd

St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm           Grades 5th

St Joseph - Monday at 6:00 pm           Grades 8th

St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm           Grades 6th, 7th and 9th

OLOS - Tuesday at 6:30 pm                Grades 7th, 8th and 9th

OLOS - Saturday at 9:00 am               Grades 4th and 5th

OLOS - Sunday at 6:30 pm                 Grades 6th and 7th

Please note there will be no classes held on the following dates:

October 8th, 9th, 10th and 31st

November 26th through 29th

December 23rd through January 2nd (Christmas Vacation)

January 14th, 15th and 16th (Martin Luther King)

February 18th, 19th, 20th (President's Day Weekend)

April 8th through April 16th (Easter and Spring Recess)

No Classes if school is canceled due to inclement weather
No Classes if school dismissed early due to inclement weather

***All class cancellations, due to snow and other weather conditions will be announced on Channel 4 NBC news***

Please contact Director of Religious Education Joyce Leach with questions regarding CCD registration and general information.

OLOS CCD Teachers

Grade Day Time Teacher
1st Monday   4:30pm  Betty D'Amata *** at St Joseph's ***
2nd Monday 5:30pm John and Erin Crowley
3rd Monday   4:30pm  Cathy Nankee *** at St Joseph's ***
4th Saturday  9:00am Annie Cooper
5th Saturday  9:00am Matt Cooper
6th Sunday 6:30pm Elise Mulligan and Nadine Morse
7th Sunday 6:30pm Jodie Azzinaro
7th Tuesday 6:30pm Suzanne Deens
8th Tuesday 6:30pm Teri Finkeldey
9th Tuesday 6:30pm Megan Caulfeld

Click here to download the CCD Registration Form.

Confirmation
Confirmation classes are held for high school students preparing to make the sacrament of Confirmation. The program includes activities such as retreats, and community service projects. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education (DRE) Joyce Leach at (860) 767-2705 or by e-mail at dre@olos-sx.org

RCIA
Assist an adult in his/her preparation for baptism or confirmation in the Catholic faith. Classes are held Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph’s in Chester. For more information please contact Dennis Costello at (860) 526-2152 or by e-mail at dennis.costello@sbcglobal.net

Altar Servers
Boys and girls age 9 and up, who have made their First Communion, assist at the altar in the celebration of Mass. Adults may also serve on holydays and some Sundays, and at funerals. Training provided. Please contact Jane Bodnar at 860-767-2060 or by e-mail at janebodnar@comcast.net or Cathy Jenkins at 860-767-8497 or by e-mail at   cathandscott@yahoo.com.
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please be sure to find a substitute from the list.
 
Eucharistic Ministers
Administer the Body and Blood of Christ as part of the Eucharistic celebration. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by e-mail at office@olos-sx.org.
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.

Lectors

Proclaim the Word of God during Masses and other liturgies. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a lector please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by email at office@olos-sx.org.
Schedule – If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.            

Visits to the sick - Please advise us of parishioners who are sick or in the hospital that would like a visit from a volunteer or Fr. Peter. Please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by email

Prayer Blanket - The Prayer Blanket Ministry prayerfully creates blankets which are given as a blessing to those who suffer a serious illness or who are in bereavement. If you would like to learn more about the ministry or you would like to have a Prayer Blanket sent please the parish office at (860) 767-1284.

Music Ministry - Our Lady of Sorrows adult choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The choir is led by organist and music director Irene Listorti.

In Memory of Mary Beth Stebbins
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