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Registrations are due! If you have not registered your children for the 2019/20 year, please bring in your forms ASAP.  Space is limited.   We have forms in the office if you have misplaced the ones that were mailed to you.


New Family Registration for September 2019 classes continues this week.   
Registration Hours: Monday—Thurs: 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.  Additional hours Wed. August 28th until 7 p.m.

All families must be registered parishioners of Curé of Ars parish prior to registering for faith formation classes. Please visit the rectory to complete the parish registration form for your family. An original baptismal certificate is required for your child at the time of faith formation registration.


Consider becoming a catechist in the Fall: Is Jesus calling you to share your faith with our children? For information, or to offer your time and talent on our team, please call 623-1400 ext. 109.




The C.A.R.E. Office is located in the Parish Center - 1st Floor.

Office Hours: 

Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Wednesday Evenings 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Office is closed on Fridays except by appointment only.


Ellen Zafonte, Director of Faith Formation
(516) 623-1400  ext. 109
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Laura Lahood, Administrative Assistant
(516) 623-1400 ext. 101
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C.A.R.E. Program

(Curé of Ars Religious Education)

Our parish faith formation program is intended to support and enhance the life of faith being lived in the home environment, the "domestic church." We believe that faith formation is carried out in partnership with our entire parish family - our clergy, our pastoral team, our parents, our catechists, and all of our family members both young and old. We must all take our roles seriously and responsibly by fully living our baptismal commitment and giving witness to the importance of following Jesus in our daily lives through our words and actions.

Faith formation is a journey of deepening relationship with Jesus. This relationship is nourished not only by family faith life, but also by participation in the life of the Church in Curé  of Ars parish., especially weekly attendance at Mass. Participation in the Sunday Eucharist is the center of our faith - the source from which we draw strength and the summit toward which we strive.

Our faith formation program consists of three stages:

Initiation - Grades 1 and 2
Formation - Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6
Witness - Grades 7 and 8


Entering the Program

1.   All families are required to register as members of Curé  of Ars Parish.  
2.   An original baptismal certificate must be submitted at the time of registration for the program.
3.   When entering from another parish, if the child has attended faith formation classes, he or she will be placed in our program at the appropriate level. Proof of prior instruction from the child's previous parish must be submitted.
4.   Each stage is considered a pre-requisite for the next stageStudents must successfully complete each stage before moving to the next. Celebration of First Reconciliation (Penance) and Eucharist (Communion) requires a two-year preparation.
5.   Situations where students are registering without any prior faith formation will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the placement level. It would not be unusual for such placements to include a requirement that involves the parents and children in some form of faith formation before the beginning of the religious education year.

Early re-registration takes place the third week in April.
New student registration is held during the first week in June.


Session Schedules

Classes for Stage I & II (Initiation & Formation) for Grades 1-6 are offered Monday through Thursday afternoons.
Classes for Stage III (Witness) for Grades 7 & 8 are offered on Wednesday evenings.

Grades 1 through 6 sessions begin promptly at 4:00 pm and dismiss in the auditorium at 5:15 pm.

Grades 7 & 8 sessions begin promptly at 7:30 pm and dismiss in the auditorium at 8:45 pm.

Being punctual is a gift we give each other - a gift of respect. Children may arrive up to 15 minutes early for class and are permitted to enter their classroom when catechists are present. No child will be unsupervised at any time. Any student who arrives late must report to the C.A.R.E. Office for a late pass.



If your child(ren) will be absent, please call to notify the C.A.R.E. Office - (516) 623-1400 ext. 101. Please cover the assigned lesson, found on your Parent's Grade Level Calendar, at home. Of course, excessive absenteeism and incomplete lessons and homework may impede your child's formation process and progression to the next level.


Program Closings

If the program is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be announced on News Channel 12 and You may also call the C.A.R.E. Office at (516) 623-1400 ext. 101.



Parents, please observe parking lot safety - mindful of your speed when traveling on church grounds.



At dismissal, please park your car only in designated spaces. Watch out for children crossing in front of and behind cars. It is important that all parents and caregivers who pick up children learn the name of your child's catechist and your child's room number for dismissal.



Snacks are never permitted or served during class time. This is a safety issue to protect children due to food allergies. Small water bottles are permitted.



We need weekly volunteers as catechists, hall monitors, door security, and various other jobs. Your help is not only greatly appreciated but is essential and is an important witness of stewardship for your child's faith formation. Please call the C.A.R.E. Office to volunteer - (516) 623-1400 ext. 101.


Lee Hlavacek

(516) 623-1400, Ext. 109