Who We Are
Welcome to Holy Innocents Religious Education! Our program is led by our Religious Education Director and is supported by volunteers who serve as Catechists, classroom Assistants, office help and monitors during class sessions.
Our program serves over 700 children, grades 1 through 8. Class size is limited to an appropriate number of students. Grades 1 through 5 meet Monday – Thursday, from 3:15 to 4:45 PM and on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Classes for grades 6, 7 and 8 meet on Monday (6th), Tuesday (7th) and Wednesday (8th) evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 PM. It is possible for a 6th, 7th, 8th grade group to meet at another time, if there is a Catechist who will lead the class. Check with the Religious Education Office for options of the current year.
We have a Good Shepherd based program that prepares learning delayed children for the Sacraments. If you are interested in this program please contact the Religious Education office. There are specially trained teachers who are not always available to us and special arrangements may need to be made.
We offer 8 years of ongoing, continuing development of the Christian personality. Our aim is to provide a loving and caring Christian atmosphere in which our Parish youth can grow in sound Christ-like attitudes and values.
Cancellations due to weather or incident are posted on News Channel 12, WHUD, as well as their web sites. WHUD will also send a text message anytime a notice is announced – you need to sign up on their web site.
Notices, announcements, reminders: announced before Masses, in the bulletin, e-mails, on the WEB site, Religious Ed calendar, and by postings by classrooms. At times, flyers are sent home or by US mail.
There is always a need for volunteers in any capacity: teacher, teacher’s aide, or monitor. Please call the Religious Education Office at: (914) 769-3297. I would be very happy to discuss the opportunities, requirements, and commitments.
“Parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the “first heralds” for their children….Family catechisms precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2225-2226)
Parents are the primary teachers of their children, and it is their first and sacred responsibility to hand on the faith to their children. Religious education classes are meant to assist parents in this duty, but they can never replace a faith taught in the home by the parents.
Each year we offer a Family Catechesis Event to which all families are invited. This year’s GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) The Family Program has been designed to bring Families together with other Families around a common Faith experience. More information will be posted as available.
In order to assist parents in their sacred responsibility of evangelizing their children, we have compiled some resources to connect parents to what happens weekly in their children’s classrooms.
For children in grades 1-7, the Alive in Christ program from Our Sunday Visitor provides a Family section of the website which can be accessed at aliveinchrist.osv.com/family
Grade 8 will be using a new program – CHOSEN from Ascension Press. It is designed specifically to include the Parents and Sponsors into the journey to Confirmation. http://confirmationstudy.com/about/tour/ Chosen is a 24-lesson program that takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will be captivated by the story, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life. Chosen will both catechize and challenge teens to fully embrace a life in Christ.
** Parents should be aware that the Archdiocese of New York has implemented the Safe Environment program. Training in this program is mandated for all volunteers in the program and children will receive an annual, age-appropriate presentation on Safe Environment. Parents have the right to opt-out their children from this presentation if they wish. More information on Safe Environment is available at http://www.archny.org/pastoral/safe-environment-program/
The website for the Archdiocesan Family Life/Respect Life Office can be found of at http://flrl.org/