There has been a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine ("C.C.D."), or program of Religious Education in our parish since at least the late 1940s. During the time of our parochial school, students who attended public school were given instruction in the Catholic faith through catechism classes once a week (the days varied: Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays). When our parochial school closed in 1973, the Religious Education program became even more important because now all the children of the parish would require that very vital instruction in our faith. These instructions include preparation for the reception of the Sacraments of Penance and First Holy Communion annually, and the Sacrament of Confirmation (bi-annually). Lay women and men of the parish have always volunteered their services as teachers of religion for children in grades Kindergarten through 12. While we had religious sisters in our parish, they too, served as teachers in Religious Education.
Academic year 2001-2002 was the first year for our School of Religious Education with a completely lay staff. Currently, from September through May, one hour and 15 minute classes are held for grades K-5 on Saturday mornings (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), for grades 6-9 on Sunday mornings (10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), and for grades 10-12 on a monthly basis.
Jean Brigham is currently the Religious Education Director. Jean is the former Religious Education Director for St. Anne Parish and is a retired school psychologist from the Palmer Schools. She has over thirty six years of experience of working with children of all ages. Jean is currently enrolled in the Institute of Theological and Pastoral Studies at the College of Our Lady of the Elms. She has completed her certification in Catechetical Studies and is completing certification requirements for Advanced Theological and Pastoral Ministry.
12 lay women and men of our parish comprise the teaching staff. A number of other parishioners also volunteer as substitute teachers. They are all dedicated and always willing to share our beautiful Catholic faith with our young people. But the parents of our youth are reminded that our School of Religious Education is but a part of their children's religious formation. Parents and relatives must take their faith seriously and guide their children to live that faith in their daily lives.