Religious Education

Religious Education

Dear Families,

I’m looking forward to welcoming your children back for another year of learning and growing in our relationships with Christ. For the 2019-2020 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. We’ll also offer the Ignite Middle School Youth Ministry program for 7th and 8th grades and a High School program. Sessions began in September and run through the first week of June. The fee for religious education at any level is $275 per child. Ignite Youth Ministry will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer. CGS, Ignite, and the High School program 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!

Our Ignite Middle School Youth Ministry program serves as continuing religious education, as well as formation for youth who have not yet been confirmed. Most children prepare for Confirmation in 7th and 8th grade and are confirmed in the Fall of their 9th grade year. Children must participate in religious formation for at least two years leading up to Confirmation. 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 newly formed High School Program offers opportunities for fellowship, service, and continuing religious education for students in 9th ­– 12th grades.


This year we will offer Family Catechesis on Sunday afternoons at 2:00-3:00 pm.  CGS Level 1 will meet on the first Sunday of each Month, CGS Level 2 will meet on the second Sunday of each Month, CGS Level 3 will meet on the third Sunday of each Month.  Family Catechesis will be limited to the first eight families who register each month.  During Family Catechesis, Ms. Lisa will present CGS materials to parents and children.  Sessions will begin on Sunday, October 13th.

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)
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, Combined Levels 2 & 3)
Sundays at 3:30–5:00 pm (Preceding the 5:00 pm Mass, Combined Levels 2 & 3)
Wednesdays at 3:30–5:00 pm
Thursdays at 4:00–5:30 pm

CGS Level 3 (4th grade – 6th grade)
Sundays at 11:15 am–12:45 pm (Following the 10:00 am Mass, Combined Levels 2 & 3)
Sundays at 3:30–5:00 pm (Preceding the 5:00 pm Mass, Combined Levels 2 & 3)
Mondays at 3:30–5:00 pm
Wednesdays at 5:00–6:30 pm

Ignite Youth (7th and 8th grades)
Sundays at 5:00–6:30 pm (Confirmation Year 1 & 2)
Mondays at 5:00–6:30 pm (Confirmation Year 1)
Tuesdays at 3:30–5:00 pm (Confirmation Year 1 – AT ST. VINCENT FERRER)
Tuesdays at 3:30–5:00 pm (Confirmation Year 2 – AT ST. VINCENT FERRER)

High School Program
Please inquire for monthly meeting schedule

Family Catechesis (NEW!)
First Sunday of the Month (CGS Level 1) at 2:00–3:00 pm
Second Sunday of the Month (CGS Level 2) at 2:00–3:00 pm
Third Sunday of the Month (CGS Level 3) at 2:00–3:00 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
Coordinator of Religious Education
411 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065