”Faith formation is more than a subject to be taught- it is an invitation to a way of life.” Joe Paprocki
Thank you for visiting the Sacred Hearts Parish Faith Formation page! Sacred Hearts Parish offers faith formation for students in grades K-10th. Classes meet regularly throughout the school year and help children develop a close, personal, relationship with God and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.
The program is responsible for sacramental preparation in all grades. Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation and Communion and reception of those sacraments typically takes place in 2nd grade. Sacramental preparation for Confirmation typically takes place in 9th and 10th grade with reception in 11th grade.
Parents of students with special needs are encouraged to contact us about participating in our programs. We look forward to partnering with you to help your child walk by faith.
Mae Ba, Director of Faith Formation
Sacred Hearts Parish: 48 S Chestnut Street, Bradford, MA 01835
Telephone: (978) 373-1281 ext. 117, or, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration Forms & Schedule for Grades K-8th: 2021-2022 Registration Form and Calendar.pdf (101.3 KB)
Confirmation Year 1 and Year 2 schedule will meet once a month on Sundays. Classes begin October 17th for Year 1 Confirmation (9th Grade) and October 24th for Year 2 Confirmation (10th Grade)
Confirmation class schedules: 2021-2022 Confirmation Calendar.pdf (252.4 KB)
Lesson Guides for K-8 Faith Formation
Grades K, and 1st children will work through their "We Believe" workbook.
Grades 2nd children preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion will work through "Blessed" series from Dynamic Catholic. 2nd Graders follow Dynamic Catholic, “Blessed” series for First Communion. All video links can be found at: https://dynamiccatholic.com/blessed/first-communion/program-view/session-1
Grade 3rd will work through Pflaum's Gospel Weeklies called "Good News."
Grades 4th through 6th will work through Pflaum's Gospel Weeklies called "Venture."
Grades 7th and 8th will work through Pflaum's Gospel Weeklies called "Visions."
Safety Lesson Resources (Grades K-5th)
Our next Safety Lessons will be offered Sunday, February 6th and Wednesday, February 9th, 2022.
Volunteers Needed Fall 2021
The strength of our program relies upon the generosity and gifts of all of our volunteers. Between 80 and 100 adults help make Religious Education possible each year! While many opportunities require a commitment from September through April, others require less commitment. Those relating to sacramental preparation (2nd grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade) involve some additional preparation, meetings, and events.
Each year we have a variety of volunteer needs:
Catechists – to prepare lessons and present them to children; to help children develop a love for God and an understanding of the Catholic faith
Aides – to assist catechists in the classroom
Substitute teachers - available to cover for teachers unable to attend on particular class dates
Hall monitors - to assist students in safely traveling throughout our buildings and grounds
Office helpers – present during class and/or for a few hours during the week to assist in preparing catechist resources, assisting parents, tracking data, performing inventories.
Grade-Level Mass Coordinators – available to help now and then to prepare for Sunday morning family Masses
Safety Curriculum Teachers – to help teach, at three times throughout the year, the Archdiocese’s required safety curriculum
VBS volunteers – play a small or large role in the organizing and running of our Vacation Bible School
All Religious Education volunteers fill out an annual CORI and complete the Protecting God’s Children program.
Contact us to learn more or get involved!
Faith Formation Resources
Sharing Scripture With the Family: Sharing Scripture with the Family
Connecting Generations Board by Loyola Press: Connecting Generations Board
Resources collected from our Boston Catholic RCAB for Children's Faith Formation: Children's Faith Formation Resources
Worship@) Home Liturgy of the Word by the Pastoral Center: Pastoral Center Resources
Resources for Prayer and Faith Formation (207.2 KB) Resources for Prayer and Faith Formation
Grade K and 1st follow “We Believe” Sadlier Religion workbooks. Each chapter has been outlined on the lesson guide schedules (click the tabs at the bottom for the appropriate grades) and there are end-of-the chapter review “tests” that can check comprehension. Sadlier Religion also provides a number of free resources on their website to help you along the way: https://www.sadlier.com/religion/parish/catholic-identity-religious-formation-program.
One of the most important content we integrate within faith formation is to read, pray, and reflect on the Gospel readings every week. You can find daily readings and video reflections at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/031520.cfm.