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Faith Formation

Serving Albany Diocese Churches of

Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, East Durham, Greenville, Haines Falls, Palenville, Ravena, and Windham

Call for Volunteers

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We are excited to begin, but as you can imagine - we need more help! By help, we mean everything from catechists and classroom assistants to copying and filing paperwork to preparing crafts and more! We will be working with all levels of students ranging from Kindergarten to High School!

Imagine how rewarding it would be to share your faith with our families and the next generation!

Saying you are interested is NOT a long-term commitment. We can work with everyone's skills and schedules and our goal is to find a place that fits best for each of you to enhance the sharing of our Catholic faith with our young people and families. We are here to help you with materials, guidance and prayers every step of the way.

We don’t need you to have a master's level teachers of theology degree. We need people with 3 things:

1. Love of Jesus

2. Love of People, especially young people and families

3. Willingness to share the love of Jesus with these people!

If you are interested in volunteering please contact one of the local leaders on the contact page below.

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The Bible: God’s Plan For Salvation

​Have you ever read the whole Bible? Which one (there are many)? Which translation (there are even ​more)? Which Theological point of view (there are so much more)? Did you know that one approach to ​discovering the Bible is to examine it as being God’s plan for humanity’s salvation?

​Well, beginning May 1, 2024, Deacon Mike will be leading a Bible Study course on this very topic. The ​focus will be on the first five books of the Old Testament (aka, the Torah or Pentateuch in the Hebrew ​Scriptures) and the TV series; The Chosen.

​If you would like to join him, we will be meeting every Wednesday evening during this summer (May 1 ​through to September 4) at the HVVW Network Office (St. Patrick’s Church, 66 William St., Catskill, ​12414) from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M.

​It will be open to everyone (ages 18 and over), including summer visitors. You will need to bring your ​own bible and a notebook. Please let us know if you will be attending by calling the Network Office at ​(518) 943-3150 so that we know how many chairs to set up.

📿✨ **Living Rosary and Saints Event!** ✨📿

🗓️**Date:** July 25, 2024

🕒 **Time:** 6:30pm - 8:00pm

📍 **Location:** Sacred Heart Church, 35 Church St, ​Cairo, NY 12413

Join us for a special evening where K-4th grade ​children will learn to pray the Holy Rosary in an ​engaging, outdoor setting! 🌳🙏 We'll also discover the ​story of St. Christopher, whose feast day is on July ​25th.

🎯 **RSVP by July 22:**


📱 Text/leave a message at (518) 719-9909

📧 Email:

Don't miss out on this beautiful and educational ​experience! 🌟

Please share with anyone that would like to come! All ​are welcome!

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Our Faith Formation programs provide a fun, engaging faith education for children and youth in K through 12th grade. This year we will have 3 age groups in order to serve our youth in a developmentally appropriate way. These programs are scheduled to begin in October.

Scroll down to see individual programs.


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Grades K-4

During Mass

30 minutes

Faith Seekers

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Grades 5-6

1 hour

Mass Appeal

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Grades 7-12

1.5 hours

Disciples of Jesus

Faith Seekers

After Opening Prayer, children attending Mass with their families will be invited to join to listen to a more kid friendly reading of the Gospel, participate in a short discussion/reflection of its message, and discuss/reflect how its message relates to them.

This may be followed by a brief related activity before the children are asked to re-join their families.

We are asking families to register;

however, there is no fee to register.

Faith Seekers has begun for all parishes. Please see the schedule page below for what Masses are available.

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The Holy Bible

Mass Appeal

This program aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the Catholic Mass and take them on a journey through the Bible with a focus on Old Testament stories.

Topics covered include the liturgical year, statues, relics, pictures, and the Stations of the Cross. Hands-on opportunities will be provided for students to explore different aspects of the Mass. The program also covers the main people, places, and events of salvation history as recorded in the Bible. Class sessions will include narrative stories, engaging hands-on activities, videos, skits, and plays.

Students will participate in a class service project of their choice.

Cost 5th-12th Grade:

$35 for 1 child

$65 for 2 children

$90 for 3 children

$100 max for family

Please remember there are scholarships available and

NO ONE should miss out due to financial hardships!

Disciples of Jesus

The Faith Formation program for grades 7 through 12 will focus on The Chosen, a drama series about the life of Jesus.

The goal is for students to better understand Jesus and learn about those who became his disciples.

Sessions will involve watching episodes, small group discussion, and comparing episodes to biblical references and our Catholic Faith. Students will also participate in service projects to possibly include serving at and/or preparing for Stations of the Cross, Holy Week, a Youth Mass, etc.

Please remember there are scholarships available and NO ONE should miss out

due to financial hardships!

Cost 5th-12th Grade:

$35 for 1 child

$65 for 2 children

$90 for 3 children

$100 max for family

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Contact Us

Vicariate Office Phone: 518-943-3150

Christa Desrosiers





Tracy Spitz



Haines Falls


Bob Desrosier



East Durham



MaryJo Buzzanco