Our Faith Formation Program prepares
children in grades 1 through 8 for the Sacraments of First Eucharist,
Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Included in our program is catechesis
for grades 1 through 8, a special education class (varying grade
levels), and a Vacation Bible School - pre-k through grade 2.
There is a mandatory two-year (Level I and II) preparatory
program for First Holy Communion. During the first year of preparation,
children are taught by their own parents at home. Registration for Level
generally the second week of September. Parents gather for an Enrollment
Prayer Service and three instructional meetings; children gather for
Advent and Lenten activities. At the start of the second year, children
are placed in classes with a catechist.
For grades 3 through 6, an emphasis is placed on receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
social ministry, and special Advent and Lenten programs in the Church.
Some activities include a program on the O’Aniphons, Praying the Rosary
and The Jesse Tree during Advent, and the Stations of the Cross designed for
children during Lent.
There is a mandatory two-year preparatory program for Confirmation.
Emphasis is placed on social ministry and service, Mass attendance, and
parent/sponsor involvement. Level I candidates for Confirmation
participate in an Evening of Recollection and Level II candidates
participate in a retreat at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville.
Please contact Jean Rico at
589-3160 or email Jean Rico
Please contact Maria Davidson at
589-3160 or email
The Faith Formation program for children at St. Lawrence is in full
conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in the use of
catechetical materials approved by the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Our
current textbooks include: the Blest Are We series published by RCL/Benziger
for grades 1 through 8, a sacramental preparation book for First
Eucharist entitled, Gift of Eucharist, also published by RCL/Benziger,
and a sacramental preparation book for Confirmation entitled, The Spirit
Sets Us Free, published by William H. Sadlier, Inc.
The Faith Formation program is dedicated to a constant policy of
improving the program and its outcomes. Perspective catechists are
interviewed and receive training through an ongoing Catechist Formation
Program called Echoing the Word from the Centre and catechist meetings
in the parish and various diocesan certificate programs. All training is
designed to prepare catechists for the important ministry of catechesis.
We invite you to speak to our coordinators regarding your
child(ren) and the program. New parishioners should register their child(ren) at the Office of Faith Formation as soon as possible.
Registration must be renewed annually. Once registered in the
program, families will receive an invitation to renew their registration
in June. Please notify the office with any
name, address, and/or phone number changes.
2016-2017 Tuition for Faith Formation
Tuition for: 1 child - $100.00,
2 children - $150.00, 3 or more children - $175.00
*If you have a child entering grade 2 or grade 7 in September, please
add $25.00 to
the total tuition for each child entering these grades.
**If you have a child entering grade 8 in September, please add $50.00
to the total
tuition for each child.
Catechist Discount: 25% of total tuition for catechist’s children
in the program
Hardship consideration: Financial assistance is available in
cases of true need and
must be renewed annually. Please bring any concerns to the Office of
Please note: Tuition must be paid in full by the registration deadline
of September 10th.
Registrations for returning students will not be accepted after October
Financial support for the program comes from tuitions paid by
participants as well as from the ordinary contributions of parishioners.
We look forward to meeting parents
who wish to become directly involved in their child’s faith formation as
a catechist or assistant. You may call the Faith Formation Office at
Our Faith Formation
Jean Rico, coordinating Grades 1,2,3,4
Maria Davidson, Director, coordinating Grades 5,6,7,8
The Faith Formation Office is
located in the St Lawrence School Building.
the Faith Formation Office at (631)589-3160.
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