Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

A Parish of the Archdiocese of New York served by the Dominican Friars

Religious Education

Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena


RCIA is a program for adults who wish to become Catholic or to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Beginning September 7, 2016, it will meet most Wednesday evenings from 6:45–7:45 p.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer. To learn more, please email

On most Tuesdays of the parish year (September – May), adult faith formation classes are offered either in the form of a Bible study or as an exploration of some relevant aspect of the Catholic faith. The Fall 2016 Parish Study program, focused on the Book of Psalms, begins on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:45 pm and continues each week (with the exception of November 8) through December 13.

For the 2016-2017 school year, the Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena is pleased to offer Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Levels 1, 2, and 3 for children from 3-years-old to 6th grade. Level 1 serves children from 3-years-old – Kindergarten. Level 2 serves 1st – 3rd grades. Level 3 serves 4th – 6th grades. In addition to CGS, we’ll continue to offer our Graded Program at St. Vincent Ferrer for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. We’ll also offer the Ignite Middle School Youth Ministry program for 7th and 8th grades. Sessions will begin the week of September 18 and run through the first week of June. The fee for religious education at any level is $250 per child. The Graded Program will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer. CGS and Ignite will be held at St. Catherine of Siena.

CGS was developed by two Catholic laywomen in Rome guided by the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. The resulting religious education materials are based on the Bible, Catholic Liturgy and Sacraments, Tradition, and Church teachings. CGS sessions are limited to twelve children each and are held in the Atrium, a sacred space designated for catechetical sessions intended to help children fully engage in their religious education, to develop their religious potential, and to facilitate their participation in the life of the Church. Preparation for First Confession and First Holy Communion occurs within Level 2. If you’d like more information about CGS, please visit If you’d like to visit the Atrium and see a demonstration presentation of CGS materials, please contact Lisa Harrelson. All are welcome!

4th, 5th, AND 6th GRADED PROGRAM
The graded program is a more traditional, structured religious education program than CGS. In accordance with Archdiocese recommendations, our parish is moving toward having children receive the Sacrament of Confirmation following their eighth grade year. However, those children who have already participated in the graded program for at least one year may still be confirmed after completing the 6th Grade program, in the fall of their seventh grade year, if parents and children so choose. Those students will also have the option to continue on to Ignite Youth Ministry even if they’ve already been confirmed or to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation after their eighth grade year. Children must participate in religious formation for at least two years leading up to Confirmation.

Our Ignite Middle School Youth Ministry program serves as continuing religious education, as well as formation for youth who have not yet been confirmed. We cover the Old Testament, the New Testament and Life of Jesus, the Human Person, the Sacraments, Morality, Prayer, Church History and other relevant topics. Students also have social and service opportunities.

Our schedule for the upcoming year is as follows:
CGS Level 1 (3-years-old  – Kindergarten)
Sundays at 10:00–11:15 am (During the 10:00 am Mass) (SESSION FULL)
Thursdays at 3:00–4:00 pm
CGS Level 2 (1st grade – 3rd grade)
Sundays at 11:15 am–12:45 pm (Following the 10:00 am Mass)
Sundays at 3:30–5:00 pm (Preceding the 5:00 pm Mass)
Wednesdays at 3:30–5:00 pm (SESSION FULL)
Wednesdays at 5:00–6:30 pm (SESSION FULL)
Thursdays at 4:00–5:30 pm (SESSION FULL)
CGS Level 3 (4th grade – 6th grade)
Mondays at 3:30–5:00 pm
4th/5th/6th Graded Program (AT ST. VINCENT FERRER)
Tuesdays at 3:30–5:00 pm
Ignite Youth (7th and 8th grades)
Mondays at 5:00–6:30 pm

If you have any questions or wish to register your child for religious education, please contact Lisa Harrelson, Coordinator of Religious Education, at 212.988.8300, x186 or

Registration Forms can be found here and returned to:
Lisa Harrelson
411 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

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