Faith Formation Office
2602 East 19th Street
Director of Religious Education
Office Telephone: 718-769-6311
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Welcome back all Catechists.
All Classes will begin Sunday, September 18th following the 10:15 Mass.
Please be advised that classes are now extended to 1:00 PM.
Also, There will be a mandatory meeting for all parents of students that are enrolled in the program at 11:30 am in the cafeteria.
RCIA- Rite of Christian Initiation & Adult Confirmation This is a process through which nonbaptized adults prepare to receive the Sacraments of Initiation-Baptism, Confirmation & Eucharist – in order to become fully initiated into the Catholic church. Also, if baptized in other Christian faiths, you can join into full communion with the Catholic church.
Adult Confirmation– if you received your Baptism and Communion and never completed your confirmation.
NOW IS THE TIME TO REGISTER. Call: 718-769- 6311 or 347-574-1828 for more information.
Volunteers are needed to instruct the children in the religious education program beginning September 18, 2022.
Please contact the office of Faith Formation office @ 718-769-6311 or 347-574- 1828.
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.
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.
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 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: