Religious Education

Welcome to our Religious Education Program

2023-2024 Faith Formation Program

A Welcome Message from Denise Heady, our new CRE

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as the new coordinator for Religious Education at Our Lady of Grace. I have lived in Shelton for 34 years and in 1998 was asked to be the Assistant to the DRE at my parish, St. Lawrence Church. Through the years I have coordinated various programs through the Diocese. As DRE at St. Theresa’s, I administered the after school program for over 800 students as well as preparing them for sacraments. At St. Pius, I coordinated middle school and youth group programs as well as Confirmation preparation. It is my intention to bring this experience to Our Lady of Grace with our ongoing program and to work closely with Msgr. Ryan and the parish staff to bring the children of the parish into a closer relationship with God. In the upcoming weeks, I look forward to meeting many of you as we begin the 2023-2024 Religious Education program.

Our Faith Formation (Religious Education) Program is currently accepting registration for the 2023- 2024 school year. We need you to register your child immediately in order to guarantee availability of materials and book on the day classes begin. A $50.00 refundable deposit is due with your registration.

We have classes for children from first grade through ninth grade including sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. For more information, please
Classes begin for grades 1-6 on Sunday, October 1st!

Classes begin for grades 7-9 on Sunday, October 15th!

See page 8 of the Bulletin for An Introduction to our New Family Faith Formation Program with Pflaum Gospel Weeklie

program will consist of bi-monthly classes and monthly events which will include Family Masses and experiential family get-togethers.  Our program will begin the first week of October 2023 and run through April 2024. The catechists and I are looking forward to starting a new year and continuing our Faith Filled Journey with the children and your family.  

Please visit the Religious Education Registration page for more information. 

Please share this information with any family, friends or neighbors that have children entering 1st through 9th grade and may be looking for Religious Education classes. We would love to welcome them to our program. If you or they have any questions, you can call Jennifer at 203-377-0928 x117 or email 

Nazareth Program 

If you have a child that has never started Religious Education class or has missed a few years, we offer the Nazareth Program. This program will meet the children where it is needed, and they can get caught up with special classes and then can start preparing to make their Sacraments. Classes will resume in October so if you would like further information on this program call Cathy at 203-377-0928 x113 or email at 



Don’t walk behind me because I may not want to lead. Don’t walk ahead of me I may not want to follow. Walk aside me and be my friend!

Prayer is a powerful tool and I am sure many of you can witness to that, but if you have not been one to turn to prayer this will be a good place to start. A few months ago at a Family Mass we talked about the importance of prayer. We talked about starting a Prayer Walk and asked families to sign up to be part of our Prayer Walk. With the Prayer Walk we send you an email when we receive special prayer intentions. We have about 35 parishioners at this time signed up. If you would like to participate in this Prayer Walk you can sign up by sending us your name and email to  We send out an email about once a month to everyone who signs up and we ask you to pray when we receive special prayer intentions..

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