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.

(718) 253-8840 or E-mail



You may register during regular office hours:  Monday and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 to 9:50 a.m.; or by appointment.

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.

The following document(s) are required:  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.

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

Pat Pennea, Saturday Program Coordinator


Office Hours

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

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Sunday:  8:20 to 9:50 a.m. (After January 1, 2018, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.


Class Schedules

Grade 1 and One-to-One (Catch-Up) Sundays from 8:25 to 9:55 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE: After January 1, 2018, Sunday Classes will be from 10:00 to 11:30 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 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


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


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.