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 2017

Thank you to all our students and their families for a great summer of learning about the Sacred Scriptures, Visiting the local synagogue--Congregation Ahavas Achim and collecting 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.

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:  June 2017    July 2017

School Year Religious Education

Our Schedule for Religious Education 2017-2018.  

  • Sundays 10:05-11:05am for Grades K-8
  • Mondays 6:00-7:10pm for Grades 1, 2, 7-8 (gr 3-6 will need at least 10 students in order for the class to be held).  We also offer a Homeschool curriclum for grades 1-8.

Immaculate Conception Church, Newburyport, MA—Syllabus and Curricula 2017-2018 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 you child will participate in the Monday evening session, please join in celebrating 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 Created for Love. http://www.respectlifeeducation.com  Thank you for sharing our faith with your child/ren.

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

School Year Schedule 2017-2018 (click here)

Monthly Assemblies 2017-2018:

Religious Education is hosting monthly assemblies on various themes.  All our 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 

 Youth Masses

We offer a monthly Sunday 5:00pm Youth Mass at either Holy Redeemer Church at Nativity, 4 Green St. Merrimac or at Immaculate Conception, 42 Green St. Newburyport.  

 Schedule of Masses 2017-2018 

January 28, 2018 at Nativity, Merrimac

March 4, 2018 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport

March 25, 2018 at Nativity, Merrimac followed by a potluck dinner.

May 20, 2018 at Immaculate Conception, Newburyport   (Prior to Mass, a beach clean up day is scheduled from 2:00-4:00pm.)