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.
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.
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
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.
Grade 1 and One-to-One (Catch-Up) – Sundays from 8:20 to 9:50 a.m.
One-to-One (Catch-Up) – Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.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, 7, and 8 (Confirmation Prep) – Mondays from 3:00 to 4:30 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.