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Religious Education



2017 - 2018

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS – Faith Formation (Religious Education) classes will begin on Sunday, September 10, 2017, for this year.  If you ae new to our parish, or if your child attends a parochial school and you wish them to receive First Communion or Confirmation here, religious education and parish registration forms are available on the St. Anthony web page, at the Faith Formation Office, or in the rear of both St. Mary and St. Anthony Churches.  (PLEASE NOTE:  White registration forms are for St. Anthony Parish and yellow registration forms are for St. Mary Parish – please fill the correct one out for the parish you wish your child(ren) to attend.  Please fill the forms out as early as possible and drop them off at the Parish Office or in the Collection basket, or mail them to:  St. Anthony of Padua, Office of Faith Formation, PO Box 595, Shirley, MA 01464 so that we can enter them into our Computer Enrollment Program and send them to you so that your children will be ready to start by September 10, 2017.  We will forward you an invoice that will officially enroll them, and you can send your fees in.  (Fees this year will remain the same:  $60 for the first child; $50 for the second child; $125 for three or more children; $40 if your child will prepare to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist or Confirmation, and a $17 book fee for children in grades 1- 8.) 

We also have Kindergarten classes at St. Anthony and hope you will consider enrolling your Kindergarten children as well.  This is a wonderful way to introduce learning about Jesus and the Church to the little ones when they are open and eager to learn “everything they need to know in life.”

If your children were in our program last year, it isn’t necessary to send in a new enrollment form; we will send you and invoice.  Please review it, make any pen changes necessary (if a child is not returning, please cross that child’s name out.  If you have a new child to enroll, add their name, grade in school and birth date below your other children’s names.  We will make the necessary system changes and send you a revised invoice, but they will already be enrolled then.

There are some startup requirements for students preparing to receive a sacrament, and for students in grades 7 and 8, or Confirmation 1 or 2.  Please see the St. Anthony Faith Formation Calendar provided (especially the month of September right now), and note the important meetings and dates that are necessary for you to attend.  After September 24, it will be too late to enter Confirmation 1 classes this year.

In case of inclement weather on a Sunday morning, please call 978-772-7474 after 7 am, where a recorded message will tell you whether-or-not there will be classes that day. Or check your email messages.  You may also call this number if you have any questions or concerns at any time.

Welcome to our program and God bless us on our way.

Donna Vaira
Faith Formation Coordinator

PS – We are still very much in need of substitute teachers, so please let us know if you can help out. dv


For more information, please call
Donna Varia at 978-772-7474.

St Anthony Religious Education Forms

Confirmation Classes

St. Anthony's Religious Education Calendar

For weather related cancellations,
please call 978-772-7474
or check this website.


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