Welcome to Religious Formation
Parents and guardians, are an integral part of religious formation. In fact, the role of
primary educator is so vital to the mission of Jesus Christ, that the Church calls the
family the Domestic Church.
Children see the example a faith in action by following the model of lived faith in the
family. Full and active participation in parish life through regular attendance at Sunday
Mass, sacramental life, enrichment events and service to the community, demonstrates
a life centered of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Our Catechists (teachers) are entrusted with the mission of sharing the message with all
parish children through formal instruction in classes, workshops and other enrichment
events. The Church of St. Mary faces the continuing challenge in providing enough
catechists to staff our formation classes. Each baptized Catholic is called to participation
in formal instruction of the teaching of Jesus Christ. Volunteering to act as a catechist,
substitute, team teacher or hall monitor, ensures that all parish children will have the
opportunity to grow in their faith through knowledge and understanding of the gift of
salvation through Jesus Christ.
Classes for all parish children in grades 1 through 8 are offered on Sunday morning,
Wednesday afternoon or during a ten-day Summer Session which includes two (2)
required Saturday sessions one in the Fall/Winter and one in the Spring. Additional
sacramental preparation requires participation at events separate from classroom
instruction for those children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist in Grade
2, as well as older children in Grades 7 and 8 who are preparing for Confirmation.
During registration times, the registration form is available for download and print-out
by clicking on the green button marked “Registration” in the right hand column.
Registration dates and times are announced in the parish bulletin, on the webpage
under the green button marked “Registration” and by e-mail through our data base.
If your child is a new student and has never attended classes at Church of St. Mary
Religious Formation, a copy of their baptismal certificate is required and should be
included with the registration.
If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (201) 438-2200 extension 140 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as
possible. If you wish to be included in our data base, please send us an e-mail message
from the e-mail you wish to include in our data base.
Church of St. Mary Religious Formation Team