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Religious Education: Our Mission

Baptism ceremonies end with a prayer of blessing for parents which contains these words:

“…they will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they always be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

The Parishes of the Natick Catholic Community, St. Linus Parish and St. Patrick Parish, support parents as the primary educators of their children and takes seriously the obligation to assist them in the faith formation of their young children and teens.  Our overarching goal in religious education is summed up very simply: To teach as Jesus taught.  Jesus is at the heart of all religious education.

The basic objectives undergrid the curriculum of each grade:

  • To bring every student closer to Jesus,
  • To guide our students in the formation of values and a moral code in harmony with our Catholic Christian heritage,
  • To pass along the rich tradition of the Catholic faith.

We are preparing students for discipleship and citizenship.  It is our founded hope that parents and parish share a common goal: our young people will become people who give witness to their Catholic Christian faith.  Participation at weekly Mass and prayer in the home are integral to the spiritual growth of children and teenagers.  The information and formation they receive from our program supplement what they see and do within the family.  Both dimensions of religious education – family life and parish program of instruction – will be with them forever.  Faith will be the context in which they live their lives.  It will be their consolation in bad times, their strength in difficult times, their source of praise and thanksgiving in joyful times.  Their lives will model the virtues of faith, hope and love and their lives will be healthier and happier because of this.


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