Educating our Children to the Ways and Wonders of the Lord
The Church of St. Patrick's keeps God's love visible through its program of formation for children of all ages. Our parish is pledged to support Catholic Education through our local Catholic School system, Immaculate Heart Central Schools, and through our parish programs of education and sacramental preparation led by Mrs. Elizabeth Bamann, Director of Relgious Education.
Catechesis to Children
Religious education is offered to children in grades Kingergarten through eighth grade who attend public schools. Classes begin in September and run through mid-May. Classes meet Sunday morning in the Pastoral Center, at the rear of the Church, for grades K-6. Grades 7 and 8 meet at the same time on an alternate week schedule for Confirmation preparation. Call the Pastoral Center for further information.
Here is the 2012 schedule of Sunday CCD classes (after the 9:30 am Mass).
January 8, 22 and 29
February 5, 12 and 26
March 4, 11, 18 and 25
April 1, 22 and 29
May 6 -- Last class. May Crowning
Adults interested in assisting with the program as teachers should contact Mr. Bamann through the Pastoral Center.
Pre-school and elementary school children are invited to participate in a discussion of the day's Scripture written and discussed in an age sensitive format. The children are invited to gather before the Liturgy of the Word, receive a blessing from the celeebrant and meet in the Chapel. They are dismissed to return to their parents when the General Intercessions are completed. Volunteers are needed to assist the parish by teaching and helping the teacher. If you are interested, contact Mrs. Bamann.
Catholic School Board
The parish is represented on the Immaculate Heart Central School Board by Fr. Robinson and a lay member of the parish. If you think you might be interested in serving, contact Fr. Robinson.
Catholic School Administration
Administrative hiring and placement of staff for the Immaculate Heart Central School District is done by the district. Click on the Catholic Schools tab for a link to the IHC web site and information about opportunities for work or student enrollment.
Sacramental preparation for First Penance, First Eucharist and Confirmation are within the scope of the Director of Religious Education. For more information about these Sacraments and candidate preparation for them, click on the Sacraments tab.