General Youth Program Information


IMPORTANT:  Only registered members of the Catholic Community of Saint Matthew and St. Bernard may register for religious education. If you are not a registered member of St. Matthew parish, please contact the parish office (860-872-0200, Ext. 360) as soon as possible.
If this will be the first time your child(ren) will be attending religious education, we will need copies of ALL completed Sacramental certificates (Baptism, etc.) prior to registering for religious education.



RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REGISTRATION INFORMATION

If you are new to our church, have changed your email/contact information or are new to our Religious Education program, please contact us at faithformation@stmatthewct.org 

There is a downloadable religious education registration form available below.

K-10 classes began the week of October 3, 2016, Sunday Classes grades 7-10 begin October 16, 2016.

Registration Forms:


Mail-In Registration Form | Emergency Information Form 

Registration Link (not available at this time)

General Information

Our catechetical program is held at the Saint Matthew Parish Center beginning in early October until the first week of May.  Classes are offered at the following days and times as follows:

Grades K-6:
Monday: 4:30-5:30pm or 5:45-6:45pm
Tuesday: 5:45-6:45pm 
or
Wednesday:  4:30-5:30pm

Grades 7-Confirmation:
Sunday 12:00 noon - 1:00pm
or
Monday or Wednesday  7:00-8:00pm

As part of the Diocese of Norwich's efforts to provide a safe environment for all children, the Catholic Communities of St. Matthew and St. Bernard require all employees and volunteers to comply with the Pastoral Code of Conduct by completing two components of the Safe Environment program - awareness/education and a comprehensive screening process.

Collaborative Catechetical Team

Cynthia L. Yaconiello - (860) 872-0200 x320
Coordinator of Religious Education, Grades K-6

LeeAnn Fritsch - (860) 872-0200 x319
Faith Formation Secretary

Bridget Thurston - (860) 872-0200 x321
Confirmation Coordinator/Youth Minister

Rev. Richard Ricard - (860) 872-0200
Pastor

Denise Gilcreast - (860) 872-0200
Parish Office Manager

Our Philosophy

We believe strongly that parents are the primary religious educators of their children.  Our programs are not designed to replace the faith formation that occurs in the context of a faith filled family. We encourage each family to participate at one of the weekend liturgies.  It is here that we become a parish family to celebrate our Christian community.  Our children learn by example, and by regularly attending the weekend liturgies they can see their faith put into action.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Saint Matthew Faith Formation Center is to provide programs that will strengthen the developing faith of all our children and young adults and to encourage them to become active members of this parish community.

Class Cancellation Policy

In case of inclement weather, all sessions will be canceled. If Tolland schools are canceled or dismissed early, there are NO Religious Education classes. If Tolland schools have been dismissed at their regular time, but there are reports of impending inclement weather, we will cancel classes. You will be notified of any cancellations via e-mail. Cancellations will also be posted on the local NBC and CBS stations, as well as their websites at www.nbcconnecticut.com and www.wfsb.com.