VIRTUS Online – Diocesan-required volunteer training
VIRTUS sign up page and dates of the classes
Volunteer’s Background Check Release Form
About Being a REACH Teacher or Aide
Kathy Coyne, Director of Religious Education, 203-846-2111
Anne Groener, Sunday Morning Religious Education Coordinator, 203-846-2111
Natalie Raduazzo, Administrative Assistant, 203-846-2111
ATTN: Director of REACH Religious Education
23 Half Mile Road
Norwalk, CT 06851
Our mission in religious education is to support the growth of a child’s loving relationship with God and with the community of believers. Our religious education program for children, REACH (Religious Education and Christian Heritage) is a program of Sunday morning class time in conjunction with celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Mass.
The formation of children as Catholic Christians begins in the home with parents. It continues with worship at Mass with the larger community and culminates in classes where children reflect on and learn the stories and teachings of Catholic Christianity. All three are essential.
- Kindergarten children come one Sunday morning a month from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM, following the 9:15 AM Family Liturgy.
- Sunday classes for Grades 1-6 start with the 9:15 AM Family Liturgy of the Mass in the main church with activities and classes following at 10:15 – 11:30 AM in the church classroom building.
- Grades 7 and 8 students attend class Sunday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 PM following the 6:00 PM Teen Life Mass.
Kids and the Bible
”God Is Like.. TV Commercials”
A Child’s Bible Study
Kids and Getting the Message
1990-2012 REACH Grades 4-6 Church Hall 10:30 AM Mass
From 1990-2012 Sunday classes for Grades 4-6 started at 9:00 AM in the church classroom building and concluded with a separate liturgy, the REACH 10:30 AM Mass in the church hall. Grades 4-6 took turns as the Host Class for this Mass and with giving lively Gospel Reactions. Dwindling K-6 enrollment and low attendance at this 10:30 AM Mass occasioned a restructuring of the REACH religious education program to its current format in 2013. The current format preserves the strong connection of liturgy and classroom instruction, a hallmark of the REACH program, and marks a return to the format REACH had when housed on Sunday mornings from 1962-1989 at All Saints’ Catholic School, then known as Central Catholic High School. During the years of the separate REACH Grades 4-6 Mass in the church hall Florence and Dan Loch served ably as the 10:30 AM liturgists.