Life Long Catechesis

 

Evangelization is more effective when it is carried out with oneness of spirit and with sincere teamwork among the various ecclesial communities as well as among missionaries and local clergy: this requires courage to seek out ways of working together and offering mutual help in the areas of catechesis and catholic education, as well as integral human development and charity.

~Pope Francis, September 21, 2014, Vespers

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

We often think that religious education, CCD, faith formation, or Sunday School is just for children and teens. For many years now, the Church has encouraged all people, regardless of age or academic background, to develop a practice of learning more about our Catholic faith. This is possible in Brooklyn and Queens by investigating what your local parish has to offer, or by going to www.bqonlineformation.org for a listing of courses, workshops, and events for adults. Adults learn differently from children and teens, so there are many opportunities for you to try. Whether you are actively part of your parish or you are just beginning to find out about the Catholic faith, Pope Francis reminds us that we are “a people advancing on its pilgrim way towards God.” Learn more about Adult Faith Formation.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Already baptized in another faith but wish to become Catholic? In need of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation? Learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or the RCIA Adapted for Children.

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CHILDHOOD FAITH FORMATION
“Helping children, young people and adults to get to know and love God more and more deeply, is one of the most beautiful educational adventures you can have.”– Pope Francis, in his audience with participants of the International Conference on Catechesis for the Year of Faith

Every Catholic parish or group of parishes in Brooklyn and Queens has a program of religious education/faith formation for children and teens (pre-kindergarten through grade twelve), organized by the pastor and catechetical leader and supported by trained catechists/instructors. Regular yearly participation (just like in the regular school setting) in a parish religious education program or Catholic school/academy is extremely important for a child or teen to grow in the Catholic faith. While parents are the first and primary educators of their children in the Catholic faith, the parish provides the community where the faith is enhanced and sustained.

Religious education programs vary from parish to parish, so it is a good idea to contact your local parish for specific program details.

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CONTACTS
Theodore Musco
Secretary
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-281-9544
tmusco@diobrook.org

Clendy Calderon
Administrative Assistant to the Secretary
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-281-9544
ccalderon@diobrook.org

Joann Roa
Director, Adult Faith Formation
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext 2440
jroa@diobrook.org

Christine Georgi
Registrar
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext. 5416
cgeorgi@diobrook.org

Paul Morisi
Director, Youth and Young Adult Formation
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext. 5556
pmorisi@diobrook.org

Christian Rada
Director, Marriage, Family & Respect Life Education
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext. 5541
crada@diobrook.org

Lucia Morales
Specialist, Catholic Youth Ministry Initiative
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext.5418
lmorales@diobrook.org

Martha Hernandez
Administrative Assistance
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext. 5540
mhernandez@diobrook.org

Nelsa Elias
Facilitator, Catechetical Program Outreach
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
718-965-7300, ext.5558
nelias@diobrook.org

Deacon John DeBiase
Facilitator, Special Needs Religious Education
Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis
347-287-8323
jdebiase@diobrook.org