2017-2018 Faith Formation

2017-2018 Faith Formation

As children are the future of our Church, we are dedicated to supporting families in their spiritual development. The union of the Catholic communities of St. Elizabeth Church, St. Therese Church and St. Mary Church into St. John Bosco Parish creates a wonderful opportunity for Christian growth and renewal in our Faith Formation Program. By utilizing the spaces and combined talent and energy of individuals from all three churches, we can offer one dynamic program, where young people and families find support, inspiration and community.
Sharon Ventresca
St. John Bosco Parish Coordinator of Faith Formation


Please completely review schedules and information sheets for your child's grade range prior to completing the registration form found at the bottom of this page.



Beginning in Grade 1, parents enroll children yearly in parish faith formation classes leading up to Confirmation (Grade 10 or older). This program is for students who have completed Grade 1 or higher in school and either have never enrolled in Faith Formation before, or have missed some years and need to catch up. This summer’s session is an opportunity to initiate catechesis or to resume catechesis, and to learn catechetical curriculum already introduced to their peers. Those enrolling in this program are committed to becoming active in faith formation and in our Catholic community. Mass attendance along with thirty minutes of weekly class instruction with peers is required. It is also necessary to be committed to completing lessons at home. Children in the program will be assessed at the end of the summer to determine what level they will be placed in for our Faith Formation Program year.

Summer Schedule

Location:             St. Mary Church

Session Time:    10:00-11:30 am (Celebration of Mass at 10 AM, followed by 11 AM class)


                            11:00-12:30 pm (11 AM class, followed by Celebration of Mass at 11:30 AM)

                             *Attendance at a minimum of 10 of the 13 summer sessions is required.

Dates:   June 3, 10, 17, 24

              July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

              August 5, 12, 19, 26

The registration fee is $50. Please click on the link below to download the registration form, and fill out the St. John Bosco Parish Registration form as well if you are not yet a registered member of the parish. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 24.

Summer Faith Formation Registration Form 
Parish Registration Form


Pre-K - Grade 4

Classes at the elementary school level are scheduled after Mass on Sunday, or on Monday afternoon or evening. The Sunday sessions are thoughtfully scheduled to allow children to attend Mass with their families, followed by a faith formation class in the same convenient location. This time to worship God with our congregation spiritually opens our hearts to the faith formation lesson, which will be shared with peers. As children receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist during the elementary years, the Mass is a beautiful way to begin weekly instruction and reflection.

While Faith Formation officially starts in 1st Grade, there are optional classes for Pre-K (Ages 4-5) and Kindergarten students on Sunday mornings only.

Schedule and Information Sheet (Pre-K - Grade 4)


Grades 5 - 8

Classes at the middle school level will occur monthly during our program year. These two-and-a-half hour sessions allow time for instruction, peer discussion and interaction, self-reflection, and service to others. When guest speakers are scheduled during class, parents are invited to participate in these relevant presentations or talks.

Please note: Families of students in 8th Grade, who will shortly be transitioning to the Confirmation Program, are welcome to attend the Sunday evening Youth Mass for Confirmation students. However, class and fellowship following Mass are for Confirmation students only. See Confirmation Program schedule for Mass dates and times.

Schedule and Information Sheet (Grade 5 - Grade 8)


Grades 9 - 10

The purpose of the Confirmation Program is to inspire our 9th and 10th graders to be courageous and intentional Catholics in today’s world. The goal is that our students bring what they learn into the everyday practice of living out their Catholic faith.

Service projects throughout the year and a youth retreat are key components of our Confirmation Program and wonderful opportunities for growth.

Students are confirmed in the spring of 10th grade, after two years of program participation.

Schedule and Information Sheet (Grade 9 - Grade 10)



 The registration deadline for the 2017-2018 St. John Bosco Parish Religious Education Program is PAST DUE.

Online registration for Faith Formation classes is no longer allowed. All parishioners wishing to enroll their child in the program must first contact the Faith Formation Office to speak with Sharon directly, at 203-488-2998 or faithformation@saintjohnboscobranford.org, as certain class times are already full.

Download the Faith Formation Registration Form


The registration fee may be submitted by cash or check to the Faith Formation Office, or you may pay online by going to our Online Giving System portal at https://www.osvonlinegiving.com/473. Choose "Quick Give" (Sign in first if you already have an account) and click on "Faith Formation Registration" from the fund drop-down menu.

For Grades Pre-K- 8, the total fee is $100.00 per family or $150.00 per families with three or more children.

For Grades 9-10, the total fee is $100.00 per student. This fee covers all expenses and activities for the year.

As no child should be denied religious formation due to an inability to pay, we ask that families contact the Coordinator of Religious Education to discuss possible options if this fee presents a serious and legitimate hardship for your family.


DOWNLOAD OUR PARISH APP -- Please also download the St. John Bosco Parish App, where you can sign up for important Faith Formation notifications (weather cancellations, etc.) sent directly to your phone. Visit http://www.saintjohnboscobranford.org/myparishapp for details and download instructions. Be sure to join the "Faith Formation" and/or "Confirmation" Groups once you download the app to sign up to get these notifications.



St. John Bosco Parish Faith Formation Office
105 Leetes Island Rd
Branford, CT 06405
203-488-2998    |    faithformation@saintjohnboscobranford.org