billerica, massachusetts

All parish ministers (volunteers, staff and clergy) are required to submit an annual background check (CORI) form with the Archdiocese of Boston. This includes liturgical ministers, faith formation, pastoral ministry, and parish leadership. More details about these specific roles is below. When Do You Collect CORI Background Check forms? Typically from July-September each year, or […]

Yes, though we thought that might be too much for most of our families in the 2021-2022 year. All children and youth in school grades 1-8 are expected to participate in the online digital platforms for individual faith formation, and in addition to choose one of the two community formation options (Come and See Gatherings […]

“Classes”, which primarily focused on head knowledge, are being replaced by the online learning formats we started using in 2020. The Come and See Gatherings will offer a variety of enrichment activities, such as bible stories, dramatizations, service projects, ice-breaker team building games, etc. We hope these to be similar to what the Pathfinders experience […]

We are trying to get away from “fees”, which you may pay for services offered or activities in which a child participates. Your family is making an offering, a contribution, to support the work of the church in sharing the faith. We have specifically removed any fees or additional costs associated with sacraments. For the […]

If you have a rising second grader who missed faith formation (Religious Education, CCD, etc.) in Grade 1, we strongly encourage that the child to participate in one year of faith formation in order for your child to be better prepared for receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the following year.  We ask […]

Using the online resources we found beneficial in 2020-2021, we will continue to enroll families (or give you the needed information to do so yourself) into the appropriate curriculum materials with our publishers. We would prefer – and think it more beneficial for you – to use the online resources, as your child will be […]

Sometimes. A lot of factors go into whether or not we are able to offer make-up materials. Please contact us to discuss your situation specifically. 2021 July update – we are offering Seekers (Grade 1 & 2) and High School 1 – use this link to register.   In the past, we have offered Grade […]

No. Parishoners attending Catholic schools are already receiving faith formation during their regularly scheduled school day. This may also apply to families who home school their children for all of school (not only faith formation) and who use their own materials for faith formation. However, these children and teens do need to register for sacramental […]

Our First Reconciliation and First Eucharist program, for children and their parents, is designed for those in Elementary School, Grades 2-4. Adolescents (Grade 5 and older) who have not yet received their First Eucharist (Communion) or First Reconciliation (Penance/Confession) should contact Tony Carbrello, Director of Youth Faith Formation.  He, or a volunteer he entrusts, will […]

Yes, St. Matthew the Evangelist faith formation offers a Home Study option. We believe that it is important to support parents to be the primary educators of their children in the way of the faith, in the manner they best see fit. Beginning in the fall of 2021, all catechetical materials for grades 1-8 will […]

Beginning in mid-August, we will e-mail you with verified program placements for your children.  Registrations received after August 1 will receive notification roughly two weeks after we receive the registration paperwork. This delay between the spring and August allows the Faith Formation Team time to recruit and schedule volunteers.

The Faith Formation offering partially offsets the costs of administering our faith formation program.  The total cost per student is greater than what we charge – the remaining balance is paid for by the parishoners of St.Matthew the Evangelist parish. The Church’s mission is to evangelize and share the Good News of Jesus Christ with […]

The coronavirus pandemic challenged the publishers of religious education materials to innovate the resources available to us. The faith formation team, always looking to provide the best faith formation experiences possible, re-evaluated when we had been using in the past and has chosen materials that both suit our current needs and align with our vision […]

It has been the custom, but not a requirement, for someone to take the name of a saint, biblical figure, or other name associated with Christianity when they receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Frequently in the bible, when someone has a major conversion experience, their name is changed. For an excellent explanation of this question, […]

Please sign up your child for the school grade they are going into in the fall. Families sometimes miss a year of faith formation for many reasons, even before the pandemic. Unlike many subjects in school, faith formation is not linear (moving from addition to calculus in math, for example). We find that children, youth, […]