Holy Redeemer Faith Formation

 HRIC Collaborative Director of Lifelong Faith Formation: Aaron Giard / 978-462-2724 x 7405 / [email protected]
HRIC Collaborative Assistant to Lifelong Faith Formation: Melinda Burrell / 978-462-2724 x 7420 / [email protected]
HRIC RCIA Program Director: Marin Fortune / 978-462-2724 / [email protected]

Important Confirmation 2020 UPDATES

(For Candidates entering 11th Grade who will be Confirmed Sept. 26th or Oct. 31st)

We are still intending to hold Confirmation Liturgies this Fall, but the times have changed. We will have Confirmation Liturgies without Mass on October 31st for HR (11:00 AM and 1:00 PM). Unfortunately, due to the limited capacity of our churches at this time, only parents and sponsors are allowed to attend with the Confirmandi. We are frustrated with you at the way this pandemic has caused celebrations to be so toned down and limited.

We will not be able to have a Confirmation Retreat as planned, but we do intend to have two Confirmation Prayer and Preparation Services at Immaculate Conception Church on September 13th. Please choose one and let us know: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM OR 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM. More information will be sent to you via e-mail.

Keep in mind deadlines for turning in information to us. 

  • Confirmation Saint and Sponsor names: September 18th
  • Letter to Bishop Hennessey: September 25th

2020-2021 Lifelong Faith Formation Information

Pre-K through 5th Grade: Project Nazareth

UPDATE: I will be holding Informational Meetings for Project Nazareth with both registered parents and those who are interested to learn more on September 20th and 27th at 1:00 PM on ZOOM. Please e-mail me at [email protected] to sign-up! 

Please start by reading this short letter on our new direction in Faith Formation:

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

After reading the short letter, please see the structure and important information on Project Nazareth:

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

For SAMPLES of a week's resources for Project Nazareth, click HERE and HERE.

And watch this informational video from the Archdiocese: https://vimeo.com/453707592

Please send in registration forms for Project Nazareth by September 28th


6th-8th Grade Faith Formation:

While families are welcome to use Project Nazareth (see above) with their 6th-8th Grader if they prefer, we have also created a separate program. If you are not comfortable with Zoom or in-person sessions, consider adapting Project Nazareth for your children in this age group. Please contact me if you want to inquire more about this option.

Please note a few slight revisions (8/21/2020)

For format and schedules, please click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

Please send in Registration Forms for 6th-8th Grade by September 21st.


2020-2021 Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation and Holy Communion Prep (2nd Grade)

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

Please send in registration forms for First Reconciliation/Holy Communion by Sept. 21st.


Confirmation Prep (9th-10th Grade)

(9/16/2020) -Parent and Teen Sessions (Grade 10 on Sept 20th and Grade 9 on the 27th) have been transferred to ZOOM. They will still occur at 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM. Please e-mail me at [email protected] for the Zoom invite link. I will also send out communications to everyone on our lists and who has registered already.

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for a PDF.

Please send in registration forms for Confirmation Prep by September 21st.


2020-2021 Faith Formation Registration Forms

Please send registrations to Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center / Attn. Faith Formation / 42 Green St. / Newburyport, MA 01950. Deadlines are listed under each grade level above.

Pre-K-8th Grade Registration Form:

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

Confirmation Year 1 (Grade 9) Registration Form

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

Confirmation Year 2 (Grade 10) Registration Form

Click HERE for Word doc, or HERE for PDF.

First Communion 2020

We have been able to hold limited First Communion services for children who would have received in May. We have already held our First Communion group Masses, but for the time being any children who have not yet received can do so at a regular Saturday or Sunday Mass, after signing up. Right now, Mass is being celebrated at Immaculate Conception at 4:00 PM Saturday, 11:30 AM Sunday, Church of the Nativity at 8:00 AM and St. Ann's Church at 9:30 AM Sunday.

Please contact Aaron Giard ([email protected]) to learn more.


As we continue to receive guidelines from the Archdiocese, we will keep families informed of any pertinent information. Please feel free to call or email the Faith Formation Office with any questions or concerns you might have. We will respond as soon as possible.