Religious Education and Faith Formation
For more information or to register for any of our programs, please contact:
Mrs. Arlene Parisi, Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education
Phone: (518)377-0506 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Formation Classes for grades K through 11 begin in October 2023.
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2023-2024 Faith Formation Classes
2023-2024 Faith Formation Classes
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FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS
RAINBOW OF FRIENDS
We offer classes to foster the faith formation of children with special needs. We also offer classes to prepare children to receive the sacraments of: Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Call 518.377.0506 for more information.
To schedule a baptism, please call the Faith Formation Office at 518-377-0506. All sacraments of the Church presume the regular practice of the Christian faith by the persons involved.
Baptismal Preparation Class for parents of children to be baptized must be attended for the first child being baptized and a minimum of every two years thereafter. To register for class please call Arlene Parisi (518)377-0506.
Baptism FAQ sheet
3-3:30 PM, Saturdays at St. Paul the Apostle Church or by appointment.
Please call the parish office at (518)377-8886 if you wish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation by appointment.
First EucharistThrough our Faith Formation Classes, children in the second grade make their First Eucharist in May after making their First Reconciliation in December. Parents of older children or children with special needs seeking instruction for First Eucharist, may contact Arlene Parisi, Director, (518)377-0506.
Adults seeking instruction for First Eucharist are required to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Faith Formation classes for grades 9 through 11 are preparation for Confirmation.
Adults who are post high school, have been baptized and received their First Eucharist, may contact Arlene Parisi at(518)377-0506 or email@example.com for information regarding Adult Confirmation classes.
Couples intending to participate in the Sacrament of Matrimony should contact the Rectory in advance, as soon as possible. No other arrangements should be made prior to contacting the Church. Please call the rectory at 518-377-8886 for more information.
Anointing of the Sick
Please notify the office when serious illness or confinement to the home or hospital occurs in order for visits and/or the Eucharist to be arranged. If you or your loved one are in the hospital, please call the chaplains office in the hospital before calling our office so they can contact the priest who is on call. For those confined at home call our office at (518)346-4204 or send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Have you or someone you know ever thought about becoming a member of the Roman Catholic faith but didn’t know how to go about it? Have you been baptized but not received First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation?
Our RCIA Program is for those age 18 years and older who desire to become a full member of the Roman Catholic Faith. RCIA and Adult Confirmation Preparation Sessions will be held on Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM via Zoom, beginning in October. Sacraments will be received during the Easter Vigil Mass on April 8, 2023.
RCIA for Children, Youth and Families
Our program is designed for children between the ages of 7 and 18 years old who are unbaptized or baptized in another Christian tradition and now desire (or parents/guardians desire) that the child/youth becomes Roman Catholic or baptized in the Catholic church, but has had little or no religious education or training and desire to receive First Holy Communion/Confirmation.
Children in our RCIA for Children and RCIA for Youth will be prepared to receive their needed sacraments by attending classes designed just for them.
Sessions begin in October. RCIA for Children (ages 7 to 14) will be held on Monday Evenings from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM in the Faith Formation Center.
Sessions for RCIA for Youth (ages 15 to 18) will be held on Friday evenings via Zoom from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Friday evening sessions are also open to entire families who desire to become Catholic together.
Monthly “Growing up Catholic” will be scheduled for children in the RCIA for Children Program. These sessions provide the opportunity for the child and the parents/guardians to attend a class together to receive instruction in our Catholic faith.