IC Religious Education Summer 2017 for Grades 1-6 and Grades K-6--School Year 2017-2018 (see bottom of page for parent letter and registration form)

Welcome to Immaculate Conception Church's Religious Education. We are blessed with having over 500 children and youth enrolled in our Religious Education program. The most current information regarding Religious Education can be found on the website and in the bulletin. It is our privilege to be a partner with parents as they share our faith with their children. 

Please consider joining our dedicated volunteer catechists and their assistants by sharing your time and your faith with the children and youth of our parish.

Dr. Margaret (Mag) McKinnon, Director of Religious Education

Melinda Burrell, Administrative Assistant 

Check out our Advent 2017 calendar based on Loyola Press' suggestion for Advent. New photos have been added of our young people living their faith.


The 2017 theme will be "Living as Missionary Disciples."

Sherry Weddell states in her newest book: Fruitful Discipleship: Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World , "As faith-filled Catholics, we are called to go out and spread the good news of the Gospel, build up the Church, and fuel its mission. We are supernaturally empowered by God to do this through the charisms we receive at Baptism."  May God find us truly living as Missionary Disciples.






Summer Religious Education 2018  June 25-29 or July 23-27 (Monday-Wednesday 9:00and-3:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-6:00pm includes 4:00pm Mass with Fr George followed by a cookout at 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-2:00pm), MS Mission Week July 16-20 (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm times are flexible to suit the agencies we will be visiting throughout the week).

Thank you to all our students and their families for a great summer of learning about the Creed. We will visit the Old South Presbyterian Church and collect donations for First Parish Church--Food Pantry, Newbury.

Parents of children in our summer program will receive a homeschool curriculum to review with their child/ren during the school year to help them retain what they learned over the summer session.

Summer Program Parent Letter and Summer Registration forms:  students grades 1-6 and students grades 7-8  Grades 7-8 have the option of regular Religious Education or our MS Mission week July 16-20 (limited enrollment).

Please complete Summer 2018 Catechetical Events Log Sheet to be eligible for the summer 2018.  Please complete at least 5 activities/events by June 1 to be eligible to register for Summer religious education and record on login Sheet.

Enjoy our slideshows from last summer's programs:  June 2017    July 2017

School Year Religious Education

Our Schedule for Religious Education 2018-2019.  

  • Sundays 10:05-11:05am for Grades K-8
  • Mondays the time of this evening's program is being reviewed with families.  A final decision will be made April 6.  
  • We also offer a Homeschool curriculum for grades 1-8.

Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport, MA—Syllabus and Curricula 2018-2019 Gr K-8

Grades K-8: 30 hours of formation are required by the archdiocese.  We would also like to have the children participating regularly at Sunday liturgy which is both liturgical and catechetical through the homily.  By participating in liturgy and catechesis, we will far exceed the required 30 hours.  If your child attends the Sunday program, please consider participating in liturgy at 9:00am or 11:30am.  If your child will participate in the Monday evening session, please join in celebrating at any weekend liturgy.  

For additional ongoing formation at home, you can login to www.findinggod.com  the passcode: FG-2013. We are also required to teach on child safety. Gr 1-3: Talking about Touching (TAT) Curriculum on Child Safety. http://www.cfchildren.org/Portals/0/TAT/TAT_DOC/PreK_Scope_Sequence_TAT.pdf  Gr 4-6 Keeping Children Safe and Gr 6-8 Created for Love. http://www.respectlifeeducation.com  

Thank you for sharing our faith with your child/ren.

Parent Letter

School Year Registration Form 2017-2018 for Grades K-8 (click here)

School Year Schedule 2017-2018 (click here)

Review of our Monthly Assemblies 2017-2018:

Religious Education is hosting monthly assemblies on various themes.  All are welcome to join in the prayer celebrations!  

October--St Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals

Late October--Celebration of all Saints and all Souls with prayer chains of favorite saints and deceased loved ones.

November--St Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks, Patron of Ecology and the Environment


December--Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas and St Juan Diego, Patron of Indigenous Peoples

Sunday Class


Monday Class


January--Respect Life

Spiritual Adoption Program:  January - October 2018

Collaborative of Holy Redeemer and Immaculate  Conception Church


Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you very much.

I beg you to protect the life of the unborn child that I

have spiritually adopted...

                              -- Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Baby’s Name: _____________________________________________

                                      (choose a name)

Due Date: ____________________________________

                                    (9 months from today)


February--St Blase, Patron of Veterinary physicians and the Blessing of the Throats

March--St Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church unborn children, fathers, immigrants, workers, employment, traveler, carpenters, realtors, against doubt and hesitation, and of a happy death.

April-Divine Mercy Sunday-chaplet

Image result for divine mercy 


Our Assemblies for the next year 2018-2019 include the following:

October 21-22   Baby Shower for Pregnancy Care Center to wrap up our year of Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn.

November         Collect food and create Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need.

December 2-3  Sparkle Box for Advent

January 13-14  Skit on John the Baptist baptizing Jesus

February 3-4    Blessing of Candles and Throats

March 3-4        Mardi Gras celebration and Burying the Alleluia for Lent

April 7-8           The Passion Story Lunch