Online registration for the 2020-2021 Religious Education program is now open
to registered parishioners with children or siblings currently in the program.
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View Religious Education Brochure here! Forward in Faith Brochure
Phone: 973-228-3338 - email: [email protected]
Joy McDonald, Director of Religious Education [email protected]
Our Religious Education program’s mission is to communicate the treasures of faith to our children and their parents. We share a journey of faith towards encountering Jesus, breaking open the Word, breaking bread with others and sharing the Good News with the whole parish in the spirit of fellowship. We strive to “Be the Church.”
Sunday Faith Formation Children gather in our Parish Community Center - Charlie’s Place -on Sunday mornings to hear the Sunday Gospel reading and continue on the road to “Be the Church.” Children are dismissed to their small group lesson which is facilitated by our catechists. Children and their families gather once a month to actively participate at our Sunday Liturgy (Mass).
Session I - 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Session II - 10:30 am - 11:45 am
Family Faith Formation Children and their parents gather together once a month on a day of their choosing to celebrate family, break open the Word, and form community with other families. After the families gather, they are often broken into parent sessions and children sessions. Sunday Liturgy (Mass) is a part of the program as well participation in parish activities.
Junior High Faith Formation Our Junior High program meets in small groups with one of our catechists. Our teens continue to learn about the Catholic faith. We strive to have our older children live in response to the Gospel challenge “Whatsoever you do to one of these, the least of My disciples, you have done for Me.”
Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist involves workshops for both children and parents.
Liturgy of the Word for Children Grades 1-4
Each Sunday, from September to May, the Liturgy of the Word is celebrated for children in Grades 1 to 4 in a manner adapted to their age and understanding. Children are dismissed after the Opening Prayer of Mass to share Sunday's Scripture with their peers. They return to their families at the Presentation of the Gifts of Bread and Wine.