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Faith Formation

Serving Albany Diocese Churches of

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


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Faith Formation News

People Attending Mass
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All programs have ​started for all ​parishes.

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Please see the ​schedule and calendar ​below for days and ​times.

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.

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.

Groups

A Group of Women Singing Together

Grades K-4


During Mass

30 minutes


Faith Seekers

Man and Woman Sitting on Brown Wooden Bench

Grades 5-6

1 hour

Mass Appeal

Group of Young People Sitting and Praying

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.

Woman Hands Praying
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


Christian group read and studied the bible at the park and praye

Schedule of Events


Faith Seekers (during Mass)

Mass Appeal

Didisciples of Jesus

Athens

4:00 PM 1st and 3rd Saturdays

10:45 AM Sundays

11:45 AM-12:45 PM Sundays

9:15 AM - 10:40 AM Sundays

Cairo

See East Durham

TBD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Mondays

Catskill

4:00 PM 2nd and 4th Saturdays

See Athens

See Athens

Coxsackie

11:30 AM Sundays

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Sundays

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Sundays

(using a similar rotation of locations as last year)

East Durham

4:00 PM Saturdays

TBD

See Cairo

Greenville

See East Durham

TBD

See Cairo

Haines Falls

11:00 AM Sundays

See Palenville

See Palenville

Palenville

9:00 AM Sundays

5:30 - 6:30 Tuesdays

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Tuesdays

Ravena

9:30 AM Sundays

following the 9:30 AM Mass Sundays

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Sundays

(using a similar rotation of locations as last year)

Windham

See East Durham

TBD

See Cairo

Calendar

Faith Seekers

Every weekend

Not meeting December 16/17, 23/24 or 30/31

(Resume January 6 & 7t​h)

all dates are for the week starting with Sunday

2023

October

22

29

November

5

12

19

26 THANKSGIVING BREAK - NO CLASS

December

3

10

17, 24, 31 NO CLASS (Mass Attendance!)

Mass Appeal & Disciples of Jesus

all dates are for the week starting with Sunday

January

7

14 MLK BREAK - NO CLASS

21

28


February

4

11 Y​out​h Mass

14 Ash Wednesday

18 FEBR​UAR​Y BREAK - NO CLASSES

25

March

3

10

Mass Appeal & Disciples of Jesus

2024

Click here to see Schedule for times

Registration

Please select the registration form for the Church you would like to register with this year.

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Sacred Heart - Palenville

Immaculate Conception - Haines Falls

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St. Patrick's - Ravena

St. Mary's - Coxsackie

St. Patrick's - Catskill

St. Patrick's - Athens

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Sacred Heart - Cairo

St. John the Baptist - Greenville

Our Lady of Knock - East Durham

St. Theresa of the Child - Windham

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Contact Us

Vicariate Office Phone: 518-943-3150

Christa Desrosiers

Email:

derobccr@gmail.com

Athens

Catskill

Ravena

Tracy Spitz

Email:

ffshicch@rcda.org

Palenville

Haines Falls

Coxsackie

Bob Desrosier

Email:

stmaryffo@aol.com

Cairo

East Durham

Greenville

Windham

MaryJo Buzzanco

Email:

3faithin1@gmail.com