SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION
Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the “first heralds” for their children. They should associate them from their tenderest years with the life of the Church. A wholesome family life can foster interior dispositions that are a genuine preparation for a living faith and remain a support for it throughout one’s life.
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents. – Catechism of the Catholic Church 2225-2226
Once known as Catechism, or CCD we are formed in our faith from three places:
Religion classes for children in Grades 1 through 8 attending public school are held on Sunday mornings following the 9:15AM Family Mass. These weekly opportunities are to better insure the growth of Faith in those students not enrolled in Catholic School and are denied the chance to receive catechesis.
Diocesan guidelines require two years of preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion. Children 6 years of age or older who have not been baptized must receive two years of instruction before receiving the Sacrament of Baptism.
In all cases, parents/guardians must make an appointment to speak with Mrs. Alison Morisi at the Office of Faith Formation at 718-347-0525.
Religion classes should be attended from 1st grade to 8th grade or older.