Religious Education K-5

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Wednesday 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

All classes are held at St. Peter/St. Francis School
360 Prospect Street – Torrington, Connecticut 06790

Sunday at 10 am
St. Francis of Assisi
160 Main Street – Torrington, CT

Jen Owens, Religious Education Coordinator, Grades K – 5
St. John Paul the Great Parish
Pope John Paul II Pastoral Center, 160 Main Street, Torrington, Connecticut 06790
Office: 860-482-3121 -or- Cell: 860-307-2291 -or-


The Religious Education Program of St. John Paul the Great Parish, seeks to educate the hearts and minds of our children in the journey toward a deeper understanding of our Catholic Faith and its traditions.

The ministry primarily addresses the Faith Formation of our children, while providing spiritual programming for the adults. Our goal is to foster growth in faith through active participation at Mass, classroom instruction, involvement in parish activities and community outreach.

We believe that as church educators we are here to assist the parents in carrying out their responsibilities for the religious formation of their children. On the day of your child’s Baptism, you accept the responsibility of training them in the practice of our faith, this is an immense responsibility; therefore parental involvement in our program is viewed as essential to accomplish our goals.

Full participation in parish life, including regular Mass attendance, allows the children the opportunity to be part of the parish family. Religious Education is an on-going program, each year becomes a base for the next. We invite all children in grade K through high school who are not attending a catholic school to be part of our Religious Education Program.

Each year, we are pleased to welcome back a number of our devoted volunteers and Confirmation students who make a commitment to instruct our children in the values and doctrines of our Catholic Faith. Our program is successful because of them, and the commitment they have made to volunteer their time and talents to not only teach our children the faith but share their own faith as well.

We can only help one another in providing Religious Education for the children if we have the adult volunteers needed to teach. We empower each catechist with a formation program of their own that gives them the confidence and knowledge to instruct the children entrusted to them. Please consider sharing your time and talents with the ministry. Orientation, training and materials are provided.

We enthusiastically look forward to a new catechetical year! United as a parish family, let us form a supportive and nurturing partnership to help our children in their faith journey with the help of Jesus, and the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share in the faith formation of your children.
Most Sincerely,
Jen Owens, Religious Education Coordinator

If you are interested in sharing your time and talent with our youth in this ministry, please contact Jen Owens at 860-307-2291 or email

† Classroom Catechist or Co-Catechist
† Catechist’s Aid or helper/Substitute
† Office Assistant (Clerical Duties)
† Assisting during special events and projects

Sacramental Programs for Children/Youth
Sacramental Preparation Policy