Important Information!


Help us worship! Our Children's Choir welcomes boys and girls in grades 1-9. Those in grades 6 and up can also sing in our Teen Choir. Rehearsals are Fridays from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Children's choir sings at the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday and Teen Choir sings at the 5pm Mass on Saturday. For more information please contact Andrea Covais at: andrea.covais@gmail.com.

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 of 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 are scheduled as follows: Grades 1 through 6 ~ Wednesday Afternoon 3:45PM-5:00PM Grades 1 through 8 ~ Sunday Morning 9:00AM-10:15AM Grades 1-through 8 ~ Summer Session 8:30AM-Noon

Please note that the Summer Session is a ten-day 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. Please click on the Sacrament Icons in the right-hand column for specific information about preparation.

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 religiousformation@stmaryrutherford.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

91 Home Avenue, Rutherford NJ 07070, Tel (201) 438-2200, Fax (201) 438-1098, email: rcansmr@aol.com