Religious Education

A parish faith formation program for children in Public School Grades 1 through 8 and Special Needs in partnership with their parents, the primary teachers of the faith to their children.  Mass attendance by students and parents is an essential part of your child's spiritual development. Signed weekly bulletins must be handed in.

(718) 253-8840 or E-mail


All current students must be re-registered for the new School Year.  The following document(s) are required for NEW and TRANSFER students:  New registrations - Baptismal certificate.  Transfer students - Baptismal certificate and a letter of transfer from the previous religious education program indicating sacraments received and last grade completed.

Register Online by clicking here:

. We will notify you of Registration and Sacrament fees in September.

You may also register during regular office hours:  Monday through Thursday Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by appointment.  All current students must re-register for the new school year.

For mail-in or drop-off, please download, print and fill out the Registration Form.  You will need Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader (free downloads) to view.

Forms are also available in the back of the Church, the Parish Office and the Religious Education Office.


Religious Education Office Staff

Deacon Fred Ritchie, Director of Faith Formation

Lee Ritchie, Administrative Assistant

Barbara Riley, Grade Coordinator

Nancy Alberigo, Saturday Program Coordinator

Eileen Coyle, Special Needs Evaluator

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 a.m.

 Sunday:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.


Class Schedules

Grade 1 and One-to-One (Catch-Up) Sundays from 10:00 to 11:25 a.m.


Grades 2 (First Communion Prep) and 3 Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.


Grades 4 and 5 Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.


Grades 6 and 7   Mondays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Grade 8 (Confirmation Prep) Mondays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Saturday Program (Special Needs) Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00 Noon




First Holy Communion Preparation Program

First Holy Communion is celebrated in the Spring.  The First Holy Communion Preparation Program includes Grade 2 and those students in One-to-One (Catch-Up) and Special Needs eligible to receive First Holy Communion.

First Penance will take place at the First Holy Communion retreat in the Spring.

Come and See is a required program for First Holy Communion students and their parents to further develop their understanding of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance.  There will be five (5) meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the school year prior to First Holy Communion.



Confirmation Preparation Program

Confirmation is celebrated in the Spring.  The Confirmation Preparation Program encompasses Junior High School Grades 6, 7 and 8, in addition to those students in One-to-One (Catch-Up) and Special Needs eligible for Confirmation.

During the school year in addition to regular classes, there will be four (4) Spirit Nights on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and a Confirmation retreat on a Saturday during the Spring for Confirmation Candidates in Grade 8, One-to-One and Special Needs.

Candidates will, to the best of their abilities, be required to perform community and parish service.  Students in Grades 6 and 7 will perform parish service as Altar Servers or in the Music Ministry (Choir.



Do you like to work with kids, are willing to share your love of God and faith experience, and have an hour or two to spare during your busy week?  Then give us a call or drop by the Religious Education Office to volunteer as a Catechist (religion teacher) or Catechist Aide (class assistant).  A Catechist is an "echoer" of the Word of God.

The inquirer must be a fully initiated Catholic, an active parishioner, attend an interview session with parish staff, submit to a personal background check, and attend a "VIRTUS Protecting God's Children" workshop.


No teaching experience is required.  Classroom and/or online training, sponsored by the Diocese of Brooklyn, is required of all Catechists.  Information regarding courses may be found at

or through the Saint Columba Religious Education Office.