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Religious Education Options (Grades 1-6)


WordCloudCathy Hunt (Parish Catechetical Leader) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 401

Pat McGarvie (Assistant Parish Catechetical Leader) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 400

Natalie McKenna (Safe Environment Coordinator) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 201-444-0211 Ext: 403

For any questions regarding the 7th through High School program please contact the Office of Youth Ministry at 201-444-9302



St. Patrick Parish » Religious Education

Online Registrations Now Available


For the School Year 2021-2022, we are not offiering our Traditional School Model Program.  Our Summer Program will be virtual this year.  The When Families Gather and Sacrament Programs will be a Hybrid Program.  


Explanation of the Virtual Family School Year Program (WFG)


Please disregard all inforatmion below for 2020-2021 School Year


Be on the look out for information on Mommy & Me Classes:

For further information, contact Adriana DeCandia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Our Lady of Mount Carmel also offers a Kindergarten Enrichment Program (Grade K) and four options of Religious Education for children (Grades 1-6). For more information, contact Cathy Hunt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Click Here to view registration dates for all programs


Traditional Weekly Religious Education (School Model)

Class sessions are held on:

  • Sunday morning - 10:45AM – 12:15PM
  • Tuesday afternoon - 4:00PM --  5:30PM
  • Wednesday afternoon - 4:00PM -- 5:30PM

School Model classes start with a 20 minute opening activity and prayer service in the auditorium.  Then students spend approximately 50 minutes in their classrooms with a volunteer catechist and then have a brief closing prayer in the auditorium.  Class sizes are small so that students can benefit greatly from this program.  All parents are asked to take Protecting God’s Children and to volunteer as a hall monitor. We encourage parents to pray about becoming a catechist.  We have a training process in place.   Parents are also welcomed to volunteer as substitutes and classroom aides. 

Registration will take place at the Religious Ed office on the following days: 

  • Sunday, March 22nd 10:30am-11:30am
  • Tuesday, March 24th 3:30pm-4:30pm 
  • Wednesday, March 25th 3:30pm-4:30pm 


When Families Gather (WFG)

Sessions are held on:

  • Sunday morning – 8:10 AM - 9:25 AM
  • Sunday afternoon - 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Monday evening – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

This model welcomes families who desire to grow in the wisdom of their faith and deepen their spirituality in a family setting.  At home each month, the parents teach three chapters from the textbook.  The children are then required to complete an online unit review.  This commitment should take approximately 2 hours per month.  These chapters are then presented at a monthly When Families Gather Large Group session where there is time for food, prayer, teaching, and family activities.   The program will explore what we believe as Catholic Christians and how to live out those beliefs in our everyday family lives.  When Families Gather affirms and strengthens families as the “Church of the Home”. 

Registration for WFG is as follows...

  • Current families enrolled in the program can register at the February session.
  • Newcomers to the program can register beginning March 22nd at RE office
  • On March 22nd, 24th & 25th at the times listed above


Summer Program

This program usually runs for 7-9 days depending on the school calendar and July 4th holiday. Sessions will be at St. Catharine’s in Glen Rock this summer.

The dates for 2019 are: Wednesday, June 24th through Friday, July 2nd, 9 AM - 12:30 PM each weekday  

Registration for this program will take place in the Parish Center at one of the following meetings: 

  • Saturday, March 7th @ 9:30am
  • Sunday, March 8th @ 10:45am
  • Tuesday, March 10th @ 9:30am
  • Tuesday, March 10th @ 6:00pm 

 You must attend one of the above registration meetings in order to participate in this program and you must arrive on time. All families must be registered with the parish for at least 6 months in order to participate in this program. No Exceptions! 

 Each daily session includes instructional lessons, art, music, and prayer.   Children will attend the grade they are entering in the fall.   In addition, there are 3-4 required retreats during the school year.   The retreat days during the year are in October, an Advent session, a Lenten session, and a large group speaker session in the spring.  One parent must attend these sessions with the child.  Parents of the children who participate in this program must volunteer for 2 full days per child during the 7-9 day program.  Parents are given choices as to where they would wish to volunteer but ultimately, volunteers are placed where they are most needed.  Every child must attend all sessions for the full class daily from 9 AM - 12:30 PM.  A family registering a 1st grader into the summer program must be registered in the parish for six months before their child will be permitted into the summer program.  No one will be accepted for the Summer Program after the final registration meeting on March 10th. 

All parents are required to complete the Protecting God’s Children certification.  Sessions will be offered at this parish to accommodate our families. 
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Important Note:  For all of our programs, the previous grade's work must be completed in order to move onto the next desired grade.  The method in which the work is completed will be determined by the Director of Religious Education.  This includes moving on from 6th grade to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade (Confirmation) programs.

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