End of year Schedule: Last Classes
Sunday May 1
Monday: May 2
Tuesday: May 3
Thursday: May 5
Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Saint Catharine
Religious Education Program
Thank you for your help and support during this past year for our Religious Education Program. We have had a very successful year with a combined enrollment total of over 700 students.
As you can imagine administering a program this size and operating two sites takes a good deal of coordination and I am most grateful to Mr. Michael Hall and Father Trevor for their work in pulling all the pieces together.
With that being said I remind you that our teaching staff are all volunteers; parents and parishioners who each week work to communicate the faith to the next generation. Our biggest challenge is always to have enough teachers in place to begin the year. This is where I want to ask you to seriously consider becoming a teacher. We have excellent resources for you as well as grade level cooperation with other teachers to help make the job easier. Our program spans five days so you can have your choice. If you have taught before or are presently teaching I thank you for your time and effort. If you have not taught and willing to find out more information I ask you to contact Father Trevor (738-1491) or Mr. Hall (738-0670) for details so you can prepare during the summer. Just as the early Church depended on the disciples (who were volunteers) to teach the faith we too rely on you to help carry on this important work.
Your registration information is enclosed. Please complete it and return it to us before August 1st so that we can have enough books and supplies. After that date there will be a $50 late fee (after August 1st.) and no students will be accepted after September 1st. If you are going to be away during the summer please get the registration in beforehand.
May the summer break enable you and your family to have time to rest and enjoy each other.
Robert J. DeJulio
Rev. Robert J. DeJulio, Pastor
The most important responsibility of any parish is to transmit the Catholic faith to the next generation. Our Religious Education program utilizes a team of volunteer catechists who assist parents in presenting to our students both the teaching and traditions of the Church as well as the opportunity to apply those teachings to their life.
Presently we have enrolled over 600 students who attend classes that are held on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
We strive to have a classroom experience that is small enough so that it fosters the opportunity for students and teachers to engage in discussion as well as completing the curriculum.
During the school year on the first Sunday of the month there is a Family Mass at 9:30AM which offers different grades the experience of actively participating in planning and participating in the liturgy as readers, servers, ushers, and singers. Each Mass is followed by refreshments.
Prior to the reception of the Sacraments of First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation a parent meeting is held so that parents can become aware of the subject matter that will be taught. In this way parents can reinforce at home the work that is presented in the classroom.
Our Confirmation preparation involves and year long intense program that begins in the fall with a retreat day for the candidates. Also required is the completion of a service project as well as a research report on the name to be taken at Confirmation.
Opportunities to participate in the Youth Choir or become an altar server help students become more actively involved in parish life.
Mr. Michael Hall, Director – OLPH
Religious Education Office: 738-0670
Rev. Trevor Nicholls, Director – St. Catharine
Religious Education Office: 914-738-1491
Student Health Record
Religious Education Program Student Record