Religious Education

Faith Formation Office
2602 East 19th Street

 Director of Religious Education
Office Telephone:  718-769-6311

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Confirmation Proximate Meeting:
The preparation gathering for Candidates is on Sunday, January 27, at 10:15 in the school cafeteria, followed by Mass. Enter through the side entrance.

Reminder for Confirmation Candidates:
Your sponsor’s declaration paperwork given out at the first gathering should be submitted to Mrs. Davis by the end of February. The Church will choose a sponsor for you if the papers are not submitted.

A sponsor must be 16 years old and have completed all their sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist & Confirmation. A parent cannot be a sponsor.  Your sponsor will stand with you and present you to the Bishop. When you are anointed with the  chrism during Confirmation, your sponsor will be beside you with their hand on your shoulder. This is a sign of your spiritual relationship. **When choosing a sponsor, think if the person is someone with whom you feel comfortable. Does this person live near enough to you to indeed be able to be a guide and support? Will this person be willing and able to be your sponsor and take an active role in your faith life?


 

Child Lures:
One of the requirements from the diocesan office is that we provide a safe and secure environment for all the children in our program. The Parish of St. Mark-St. Margaret Mary are committed to providing such an environment, but we all need to be aware of unsafe and insecure situations our children encounter in their daily lives. Therefore, the Catholic Bishop Conference of the United States has provided us with a program called “Child Lures”. It is mandated by our diocese office that we implement this program in every parish academy and religious program. This can only be successfully completed if you, as  parents, cooperate in this endeavor. Upcoming presentations have been scheduled for the Religious Education program. A notice will be sent home informing you of these presentations. Please check your child’s folder.

RCIARite of Christian Initiation & Adult Confirmation:
This process helps an individual become a member of the Roman Catholic Church, a method of inquiry, evangelization, prayer, and study leading to the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If you know someone in this category, please encourage them to sign up.

If you have been baptized and want to complete your sacraments, this process is also for you. Call Mrs. Daniel-Davis with any questions @ 718-769-6311. Adult Confirmation classes are for anyone ages 18 and over. If you are under 18, you must enroll in a catch-up course in the Religious Education program.

Volunteers:
Volunteers are always needed to work with the children or to help in the office. Young adults are welcome to help to do service hours. Please get in touch with Mrs. Davis for more Information:  Faithformation122@aol.com.

For Religious Education for either children or adults, please contact Ms. JoAnn Pino, Director of Religious Education at (718) 769-6311.

Click here for information about children’s Faith Formation.

Click here for information about RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults).

Our parish faith formation classes are for children in public schools grades 1-8 and special needs in partnership with parents, if needed.

Classes will be held on Sunday. We will attend the 10:15am Mass first and the classes will follow Mass.  Children will be released after class from the school building in the schoolyard.  We encourage you to attend Mass with your child.

Registration:  You can mail in the form, drop it off at the rectory, or you can download it on line and email it to religiouseducation1@verizon.net

First Holy Communion
For First Holy Communion, children need two years of religious education before receiving their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion which is celebrated, in most cases, in the second grade.  There are four additional proximate preparation gatherings for the parent and child to attend to help prepare the children for their First  Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Confirmation
Confirmation is celebrated in the Spring.  During the school year there will be an additional four proximate preparation gatherings for the parent to attend with child.  Also a Confirmation retreat for the candidate and an interview with the priests.

RE-REGISTER AND REGISTER   The Re-registration form was sent home with your child.  If you choose you can re-register on line.  Late fee of $25.00 per child as of August 1

 

For new registrants,please contact the Faith Formation Office during business hours to set up an appointment at 718-769-6311.  You will need your child’s birth certificate and baptism certificate (if your child has received the sacrament of Baptism) and we will register your child for September classes.

We also have a Little Catholics program for children ages 4-5 (must be potty trained.) Faith Formation is for all God’s children. If your child has special needs please let us know during registration so we can make the necessary arrangements for your child.

The Religious Education program of St. Mark Parish educates our young people about the message of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church. Over the course of eight years, students join in the Mass on Sunday and celebrate the sacraments.  They should come to understand religion is not another subject but rather a way of life, so they may experience a personal relationship with God.  It is our hope that this program, with the help of parents and families, will enable our children to develop and grow into active members of the Catholic faith.

The continuing faith formation of your child  is very important.  Once your child receives the Sacrament of First Holy Communion does not mean it is the end of their faith training.  After First Holy Communion, you should enroll your child in the following years of religious education and continue until they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 8th year.

 

For registration forms, please click on the links below: