The mission of St. Paul Parish Office of Religious Education is to support parents in their role as the primary catechists of their child: teaching and forming their child in the knowledge of our Roman Catholic faith and participation in the Church's sacramental life. We offer several programs to meet the needs of our families in fulfilling this task. It is our hope to raise up a new generation of disciples for Jesus Christ. We believe this can best be achieved by both educating our children and leading them into a relationship with God!
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
This program is a traditional classroom model for catechesis. Children in grades K-8 attend a weekly class where they are instructed by a catechist that has been certified through the Diocese of Trenton. Religious Education classes are offered multiple times during the week. Click here for program web page.
- Sunday Morning 8:40-9:45 am
- Tuesday Afternoon 4:15-5:30 pm
- Tuesday Night 6:00-7:00 pm
Hispanic Religious Education Program
Saint Paul Parish is home to many Hispanic families. Responding to the cultural needs of our community we also provide bilingual classes that meet Sunday evenings before our Spanish Liturgy.
- Sunday Hispanic 5:00-6:45pm
This is a two week intensive program that covers a grade level's worth of curriculum. Classes generally run during the month of August, they meet Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Families participating in Summer Academy are also expected to attend four to six Family Catechetical Sessions through the academic year on Sunday afternoons following the 11:30 am Mass. Click here for program web page.
Family Home Study (Formerly Whole Community of Faith)
Recognizing that parents are the primary catechists of their children Saint Paul Parish offers the option of home study. Formally known as Whole Community of Faith, this program provides materials and resources for intergenerational faith formation in the home. Families participating in this program are requested to attend four to six Family Catechetical Sessions through the academic year on Sunday afternoons following the 11:30 am Mass. Click here for program web page.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a special opportunity for children at 10:00 am Mass to share the Word of God in an age appropriate reflection. Children from 4 years old up to second grade will be invited to come forward after the Collect to receive a blessing and process to the Parish Center where they will celebrate a Liturgy of the Word accessible to children. They will return at the Preparation of the Gifts. New volunteers are always welcome.
Vacation Bible Camp
Every July, St. Paul Parish offers this program for children 3 1/2-9 years old. We have a one week camp for mornings 9:00 am-12:00 pm Monday through Friday. We use themes from Cat. Chat Vacation Bible School, which offers crafts, snacks, fun& games, prayer, a virtue of the day, and a Saint of the Day. Click here for program web page.