Monday, August 21, 2017

Religious Education Classes Begin September 17 & 19! Register Before Classes Fill Up!

We want to make sure that on the first day of class, your child will enter our program with everything that he or she needs to continue their journey of faith.  This means having a classroom with adequate space and having their own book to use. It also means that they will have a catechist, who will be there to give of his or her time & talents to help them in their journey of faith. We try to keep our class sizes under 15 students because of classroom sizes and to provide a better learning environment for our students.  By waiting until the last days or ay of to register, we may not be able to place your child in the class that they have been apart of in previous years. So don't wait, register online today! 

200 families (2/3 of our religious education program) have registered using our new online registration! 
The entire registration process now only takes a few minutes and can be done from the comforts of home or while sitting at the beach. Do it today and check it off your to-do list!

For Our Families Returning from Last Year:
Through John Patrick Publishing (JPP) and Parish Giving, you are now able to register your children for Religious Education Classes ONLINE and pay using your credit card or checking account through the secure site that we also use for our parish online giving. We hope that moving the registration process online will help make it easier for you to register your family in a timely manner during the summer months. If your family is not returning, please let us know.

Religious Education is an on-going journey of faith. Each year, we hope that our students grow in knowledge, but also grow deeper into a relationship with the God who loves them. Therefore, children should be enrolled in Religious Education classes beginning in Grade 1 and continue through the reception of Confirmation in Grade 9.

Registration for our Sacrament Programs for 1st Penance & Holy Communion and for Confirmation (Grade 9) were mailed home. Please do not register your 9th grader for Confirmation using the online form.

For Families New to Our Program:
We ask that all new families come into the Parish Center to register for our program. You can schedule a time to come in by calling Diane Addesso at 973-235-1100 or by emailing Anthony Armando (
When you do come in to register your child, please be sure to bring their Baptismal Certificate and/or Letters of Transfer (if they are coming from another parish religious education program).  We would also appreciate if you registered with our parish at this time.

Children should begin Religious Education classes in Grade 1, to help them prepare for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion in Grade 2. We do also offer a wonderful Kindergarten program on Sundays that is great way to get them started!

St. Mary's Religious Education Program 
Classes will begin on September 17 (Sunday) & 19 (Tuesday) and will end in late April. 
Classes meet on Sunday mornings 9-10:15am or Tuesdays 3:45-5pm in the Phoenix Center School building (across the street from the Church) and in Walsh Hall (Church basement).  The cost for 1 child is $130 -- 2 or more is $155.

We Need You! Our Children Need You! God Needs You!
Our classes are taught by our volunteer staff of catechists. We are currently in need of more people willing to help pass on the faith to our children on both Sundays and Tuesdays. We Need Your Gifts & Talents to provide quality religious education and provide the best classroom experience possible for our 400 students. We are looking for people who are willing to serve and share their faith as a Catechist or an Assistant Catechist. 
You do not need to be a theologian, you just need a servant's heart and a love for God, we can help you with the rest! If you are nervous about doing it alone, ask a friend and you can teach together as a team!!  We will equip you with the tools to help you pass on the faith and to help the students in your class. In addition to the rewards of sharing your faith and helping our parish, you will also receive a $50.00 discount off of the registration fee.