Religious Education

Faith Formation Office
2602 East 19th Street

Ms. Jo Ann Pino Director of Religious Education
Office Telephone:  718-769-6311

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Registration for Next Year’s Religion Classes Have Begun.

Confirmation Reminders:

Confirmation celebration will be Friday, May 20th which will start at 4:00pm. The Candidates and Sponsors must be in church by 3:30pm. 

***Do not forget your Confirmation gown  

Registration for NEXT YEAR’S RELIGION CLASSES HAVE BEGUN

Forms are being sent home this weekend for Re-registration. The continuation of your child’s faith formation is very important, and ongoing toward preparation of the Sacrament of Confirmation, which they receive in the 8th grade. Please complete the registration form and return it to your child’s teacher, Ms. Pino or to the rectory, as soon as possible. A $20.00 deposit is sufficient with registration. Full payment can be made at a later date. Take advantage of early registration, because as of August 1, there is an additional $25.00 late fee.

For NEW REGISTRATIONS: You can obtain a form in the church or in the rectory. A copy of the child’s birth, baptismal certificates, and transfer papers if coming from another parish, are required at the time of registration. Please meet with Ms. Pino to register. The form can also be filled out online, but you will still have to meet with Ms. Pino. 

** Please call to make an appointment.**  718-769-6311.
Registration available with Ms. Pino in her office:
On Sundays: May 22 & June 5 from 11:45am- 1:45pm.
On Mondays, May 23, June 13 & 20th from 1:30 – 4:30pm


Child Lures

The Catholic Bishop Conference of the United States has provided us with a program which is called “Child Lures”. It is mandated by our diocesan office that we implement this program in every parish academy and religious education program. This presentation helps the parish of St. Mark-St. Margaret Mary provide a safe and secure environment for all the children in our program. 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.

**Call Ms. Pino with  any questions @ 718-769-6311


 

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: