Religious Education Program

Faith Formation is continuous throughout grade school for children, and should be ongoing lifelong for adults.

We are always called to deepen our faith in Jesus Christ.

If you wish to enroll your children, please return a completed Religious Education Program registration form, available on the left of this page, to our office. All families who wish to attend the Religious Education Program must be registered parishioners. If you are new to the Church of the Sacred Heart, please stop by the Parish Center Main Office to register for the parish.

Summer Session 2018. Monday through Friday, July 9 July 20, 8:30 am to noon.
To be eligible for Summer Session, a child:

must be up to date in his or her religious education
have attended 4 events from the approved list of events (see below) before registration

Why? It is important that children practice their religion throughout the year and not merely learn about it two weeks out of the year. Participation in parish life is what makes someone a Catholic.

To give families the maximum amount of time to attend the 4 events, registration for Summer Session 2018 will be held the first week of April, not in March as in previous years.

Approved Events for Attendance at Summer Session 2018 (choose 4)

All Souls Service, Sunday, November 5, 4 pm, Holy Redeemer Cemetery

Remembrance Evening (to recall and pray for our deceased loved ones; includes making a small memorial), Tuesday, November 7, 7-8 pm, school

Advent Workshop, Monday, November 20, 7-8 pm, school

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, Tuesday, December 12, 7-8 pm, school

Epiphany Three Kings breakfast and activities, Sunday, January 7, 10 11:30 am, school

Lent Workshop, Thursday, February 8, 7 8 pm, school

Family Bible Night, Monday, February 26, 7- 8 pm, school

Lenten Stations of the Cross, Fridays in Lent on Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, Mar. 9, Mar. 16, and Mar. 23, 7-8 pm in church

At least one parent must attend with child. These are NOT drop-off activities. Attendance will be taken at these events so that you get credit for attending.

Registration for Summer Session 2018 will be held in the first week of April, not in March as in previous years. No registration will be accepted before the first week of April.

Monthly Program. We offer a year-round, monthly session. This is not a drop-off program. Parents attend with children and the entire family engages in faith formation together and in age level gatherings. We share a snack or a light meal, pray together, and learn about our faith. The monthly program begins in September.

First Communion and First Reconciliation. Children receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist after the completion of Grade 1 and Grade 2 in the religious education program.

Confirmation. Children must continue their religious education from Grades 1 to 8 to celebrate the third Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation at the end of Grade 8. See the Confirmation tab at left for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA). To become a Catholic, three sacraments are celebrated: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Adults who wish to become Catholic as well as teens and adults who never received all three sacraments participate in RCIA to become fully initiated in the Church. This enables them not only to participate fully in the life of the Church but also to help others in their spiritual formation either as a godparent or a Confirmation sponsor. A period of preparation is required before any or all of these sacraments can be celebrated. During this four-step process teens and adults learn about Scripture, the Tradition of the Church, participate and learn about the liturgy and other rituals of the Church, and participate in life of the parish community. This is an open-ended process and not defined by a specific length of time.


If either South Plainfield School District or the parish school building (Holy Savior Academy) is closed, Religious Education classes are cancelled. Cancellations are announced on radio station 101.5 FM

For Additional Information Contact

Louise Timko

Director of Religious Education

(908) 756-0633  Ext 143    

Louise Timko