Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD)
The family is the child’s first teacher. The goal of religious education for children is to partner with the family in providing knowledge about our faith and an experience of life in the Christian community. Emphasis is placed on the development of a personal relationship with Christ. The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are generally received for the first time in the second grade.
2016-2017 CCD Class Schedule (Classes begin September 19th )
St Joseph - Monday at 4:30 pm Grades 1st, 3rd and 4th
OLOS - Monday at 5:30 pm Grade 2nd
St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm Grades 5th
St Joseph - Monday at 6:00 pm Grades 8th
St Joseph - Monday at 6:30 pm Grades 6th, 7th and 9th
OLOS - Tuesday at 6:30 pm Grades 7th, 8th and 9th
OLOS - Saturday at 9:00 am Grades 4th and 5th
OLOS - Sunday at 6:30 pm Grades 6th and 7th
Please note there will be no classes held on the following dates:
October 8th, 9th, 10th and 31st
November 26th through 29th
December 23rd through January 2nd (Christmas Vacation)
January 14th, 15th and 16th (Martin Luther King)
February 18th, 19th, 20th (President's Day Weekend)
April 8th through April 16th (Easter and Spring Recess)
No Classes if school is canceled due to inclement weather
No Classes if school dismissed early due to inclement weather
***All class cancellations, due to snow and other weather conditions will be announced on Channel 4 NBC news***
Please contact Director of Religious Education Joyce Leach with questions regarding CCD registration and general information.
OLOS CCD Teachers
|1st||Monday||4:30pm||Betty D'Amata *** at St Joseph's ***|
|2nd||Monday||5:30pm||John and Erin Crowley|
|3rd||Monday||4:30pm||Cathy Nankee *** at St Joseph's ***|
|6th||Sunday||6:30pm||Elise Mulligan and Nadine Morse|
Click here to download the CCD Registration Form.
Confirmation classes are held for high school students preparing to make the sacrament of Confirmation. The program includes activities such as retreats, and community service projects. For more information contact our Director of Religious Education (DRE) Joyce Leach at (860) 767-2705 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Assist an adult in his/her preparation for baptism or confirmation in the Catholic faith. Classes are held Sunday evenings at 7:00 pm at St. Joseph’s in Chester. For more information please contact Dennis Costello at (860) 526-2152 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys and girls age 9 and up, who have made their First Communion, assist at the altar in the celebration of Mass. Adults may also serve on holydays and some Sundays, and at funerals. Training provided. Please contact Jane Bodnar at 860-767-2060 or by e-mail at email@example.com or Cathy Jenkins at 860-767-8497 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please be sure to find a substitute from the list.
Administer the Body and Blood of Christ as part of the Eucharistic celebration. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Schedule - If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.
Proclaim the Word of God during Masses and other liturgies. Training provided. If you are interested in becoming a lector please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule – If you are unable to serve on a day that you are scheduled, please find a substitute.
Visits to the sick - Please advise us of parishioners who are sick or in the hospital that would like a visit from a volunteer or Fr. Peter. Please call the parish office at (860) 767-1284 or by email
Prayer Blanket - The Prayer Blanket Ministry prayerfully creates blankets which are given as a blessing to those who suffer a serious illness or who are in bereavement. If you would like to learn more about the ministry or you would like to have a Prayer Blanket sent please the parish office at (860) 767-1284.
Music Ministry - Our Lady of Sorrows adult choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The choir is led by organist and music director Irene Listorti.