• Religious Education Ministries

  • Baptismal Preparation Classes: Conduct Baptismal Preparation Class for parents who seek to have their child receive the sacrament of Baptism. Contact the Parish Office 203.245.7301 or office@stmargaretchurch.com

    Pre-School & Kindergarten Sunday School: A 16 week parish program of religious education for children ages 4 and 5 which starts in mid-October each year and is held during the Sunday 9:30 AM Mass. Contact Elizabeth Connelly 203-245-7301, ext. 104 liz.connelly@stmargaretchurch.com

    Religious Education Program – Grades 1-8: This ministry teaches children from grades 1 through 8 about God and the Catholic faith. Students are also prepared for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Catechists are all volunteers. Contact Lauri Sturwold203-245-7301 Ext.107 lauri.sturwold@stmargaretchurch.com: lauri.sturwold@stmargaretchurch.com

    Confirmation Program Grades 9 & 10 This is a two year program for students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They meet at the Parish Center for classes on Sunday evenings twice a month. Contact Monica Piombino 203-245-7301, Ext.108 monica.piombino@stmargaretchurch.com

    Vacation Bible School: Vacation Bible School is a program that takes place one week during the summer. A different theme is offered each year. The Vacation Bible School Team is made up of youths, students and adult volunteers from the parish community.
    Contact Melanie Hartmann 203-421-5468 melaniehartmann@sbcglobal.net

    Inter-Parish Catholic Elementary School: East Shoreline Catholic Elementary School is co-sponsored by St. Margaret Parish, St. George Parish,Guilford and St. John Bosco, Branford. A STREAM Model and Successor School of Our Lady of Mercy and St. Mary Schools, East Shoreline Catholic Academy (ESCA) is a ‘think forward’ school that places high priority on educator training, learning, leadership, and 21st century skill applications. We guide our children’s developing relationship with God in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic faith and provide a rigorous learning environment that fosters academic excellence.
    Contact: Cheryl Panzo, Principal at 203-488-8386.

    Adult Religious Education: The Adult Education Ministry consists of a continuing series of classes and events on a variety of topics related to the tenants and practices of our Catholic faith and the living out of that faith in our daily lives. Contact Kevin Johnson 203-245-1663 kevin.kjohnson@gmail.com

    Bible Study Groups: The morning group meets at the Parish Center on Mondays at 10:45 AM for one and a half hours, and studies various books of the Bible. Contact Lauri Sturwold 203-245-7301 Ext.107 lauri.sturwold@stmargaretchurch.com
    The evening session has regular meetings at the Parish Center Wed. from 7:30pm to about 8:30pm. Meetings are held from Sept. through May or June. Meetings include a Hebrew scripture reading, a song to fit the theme or day, and a prayer session. Members choose a book in the Bible to study, and follow prepared discussion points. Contact Alan Steines 203-421-4989 sasteines@hotmail.com

    The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study Program is designed in such a way that anyone can make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. Hundreds of thousands of people have found new meaning in their lives after going through The Great Adventure Bible studies. Various programs are offered focusing on specific themes and time periods within the Bible.
    Contact Cosette Heimann; cosheimann@gmail.com 860-338-3076

    Marriage Preparation Program: A combined ministry with St. George Parish open to all engaged couples in the diocese. Three marriage preparation sessions of 5 hours each are held per year. Our Mission is “To provide a variety of key tools to insure a healthy, God-centered, committed partnership in marriage.” Contact Edward & Joanne Arrandale 203-318-8590, eda5@comcast.net

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – RCIA: The process for initiation into the Catholic Church for those adults who have not been baptized, have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, or who have not received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation. Contact Joseph Walker 203-421-0014, “joe.walker@unapen.com”mailto:joe.walker@unapen.com

    Small Christian Faith Sharing Groups: Meetings are held weekly or twice a month. The agenda involves reading scriptures for the upcoming weekend Mass, reflecting on their meaning and offering intercessory prayer for those in need. Groups also determine works of mercy they can do as individuals or as a group. There are multiple groups consisting of St. Margaret and St. George Parish members. Contact Maureen Fuest 203-245-7607 moefuest@aol.com