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Saint Philomena Catechetical Center

Religious Education Program

Saint Philomena's Catechetical Center provides for the religious education of all children in the parish who are in grades K - 8 in the public school system. The Center also prepares all children of the parish for the sacra-ments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
We strongly believe that the family is the first and primary place where children learn about faith and God. Our role is to work with parents and families in developing and enriching their children's faith by:


*Developing their knowledge of the Catholic faith and its practices

*Assisting them in developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

*Providing the children with opportunities to develop a sense of stewardship and service to the Church and community

*Preparing the children for the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

We have an eight year program for Grades 1 through 8. Also available are Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. Sessions begin in mid-September and end in early May. Classes are available as follows:

There are also Sunday morning classes for grades K through 8 that meet from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.
* Grades Pre-K—8 Sunday morning from 9:00 am to 10:15 am.
* Grades Pre-K - 5 Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm.
* Grades 6, 7, and 8 Monday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.


Religious Ed Registration Forms 

Religious Education Registration Form 2019-20

Religious Education Re-Registration Form 2019-20

The Role of Parents

Parents play a most important role in a child’s religious education. We encourage all families to pray together at home and help their children learn their prayers. Attendance at Mass each week is an important faith experience for children and families. 


Whole Family Catechesis Program

Whole Family (Community) Catechesis incorporates the active involvement of the priests and staff of St. Philomena, the parents (and possibly grandparents), their children and other members of our faith communi-ty and would follow the following structure:

* Families would gather one Sunday a month (approximately 8-9 times beginning in September and concluding in May) for roughly 3 hours.
* Each gathering would begin with the families attending the 9:00 AM Mass, continuing in St. Joseph’s Hall for prayer, for breakfast (groups of families would be assigned the responsibility for providing the meal at each gathering) and breaking open the Scriptures followed by small/large group discussion.
* The larger group would then break into smaller groups for catechetical formation
* The adults and children would then gather together for closing prayer and a snack.

For the weeks that we do not gather as a group, the families will be responsible for working with their children on the weekly catechetical lessons with chapter activities to be completed and returned to the Religious Education Office for review.



Our Catechists (teachers) are all volunteer parishioners. They participate in training sessions and are asked to participate in the Archdiocesan Certification Program. All catechists have been screened by the Archdiocesan "Protect God's Children" program.



Deacon Michael Wojcik
Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation and Director of Religious Education

Mrs. Karolyn Young

Our office is located in St Joseph's Hall and we can be reached by phone at 973-992-4466 or via email at The office is closed on Fridays and Saturdays. The Religious Education office hours are:

Sunday - from 8:30 am to 10:30 am


Monday and Tuesday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. (Evening hours only while classes are in session)


Wednesday and Thursday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sacrament Preparation/Celebrations

The children are prepared for the sacraments of First Reconciliation (Confession), First Eucharist (Communion) in the second grade. First Reconciliation is celebrated in January and First Eucharist is celebrat-ed during the Easter season, in April and/or May.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation begins in the winter of 8th grade and continues into the Fall of 9th grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the Fall of 9th grade.

Please note that a minimum of two years of Religious Education are required before a child can begin their sacramental preparation (1st and 2nd grades for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and 7th and 8th grades for Confirmation). Parents are asked to participate in the preparation of their children for the sacraments by attending parent meetings, retreats and banner days.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
All children in grades 3 through 8 participate in a Reconciliation Service with individual confession during the seasons of Advent and Lent each year

The Sacraments


Religious Education Calendar 


First Reconciliation Calendar 


First Eucharist Calendar 


Confirmation Calendar