Faith Formation

(Religious Education)

The mission of Faith Formation at Saint Anne Parish is to teach as Jesus did 
following the six tasks of catechesis which are:

  • Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.
  • Catechesis promotes a knowledge of the meaning of the Liturgy and Sacraments.
  • Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.
  • Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ.
  • Catechesis prepares the Christian to live in community and participate actively in the life and mission of the Church.
  • Catechesis promotes a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians to society.

Faith formation provides parish members with sacramental preparation and opportunities for life-long spiritual growth and education as disciples of Jesus Christ. The following are opportunities for faith formation at Saint Anne Parish.

Children's Faith Formation:  For children entering Pre-K through sixth grade. Children are taught in traditional classroom settings. Emphasis is on basic foundations of our faith and sacred scripture. Preparation for the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist is a two year program in Grades 1 and 2. Contact Jackie Butterfield for more information, or please check Miss Jackie's Page.

Youth Faith Formation:  For youth in Grades 7-10. Grades 7-8 (Middle School) are taught in traditional classroom settings with a focus on New Testament, The Church, Holy Spirit, Morality, and Social Justice. For Grades 9-10 (Confirmation I & II), emphasis is on the study and discussion of Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and church doctrine to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation (in Grade 10).  Contact Tom Kinch for more information about Grades 7 & 8, and contact Mary Collins regarding Confirmation I & II (Gr 9-10).

R.C.I.C.  (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children)  A program for children/youth over seven who wish to be baptized. Those who have been baptized but not catechized for First Penance and Eucharist (Grades 3-8) may contact Jackie Butterfield for more information.

R.C.I.A.  (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)  A spiritual journey for those 18 and older who have not been baptized, or who have been baptized in another denomination and desire full participation in the Catholic Church. Regular gatherings are held to share God's Word, experience prayer and reflection, provide service, and learn about the Catholic faith. Contact Sharon Laronga at 978-692-6353, Ext. 27 for more information.

Adult Confirmation:  These classes are for actively participating Catholic Adults, 21 years of age or older, who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Eucharist. These classes usually run about 6-8 weeks. Adult Confirmation takes place in the Merrimack Region, or one can be Confirmed with Saint Anne's celebration in the spring. Contact Jackie Butterfield for more information.




Do you need to register your child(ren) for the coming year?  You can CLICK HERE to access the Collaborative Faith Formation Registration Instructions for the 2018-19 school year.


How Saint Anne Parish is Keeping God’s Children Protected and Safe

To know that we are children of God is to live in complete love, with deep abiding security and the ability to dream, to sing, to create, to laugh, and to play without worry. As we grow older, we learn, through sometimes hurtful and damaging experiences, that some people reject the ability that God gave them to love and respect others—they ignore God’s call.

At Saint Anne Parish, we strive to ensure the safety of our children, youth, elderly and disabled brothers and sisters. 

Protecting God’s Children Workshops (PGC)
All volunteers, age 18 and above, are required to participate in a one-time Protecting God’s Children (PGC) awareness training.

Annual Background Checks 
It is the policy of the Archdiocese of Boston that all staff and volunteers (age 17 and above) have an annual background check (CORI).  

It is expected that the staff and volunteers who work with children and youth adhere to specific procedures.

It is our belief that if parents are involved in parish programs and events, they will be in the best position to protect their own children as well as all the children in the parish community. Involvement and communication are important factors in helping to ensure safe environments for all of our children.

Please read the Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children (Archdiocese of Boston).

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