Faith Formation Staff:
Director of Religious Education:
Instructions to on How to Register for Youth Religious Education Program
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to our online registration platform. Please note that all payments will be accepted online. The following are the links needed to register for our program:
Registration and Payment: https://www.givecentral.org/ollqueens-ff
Payment Only (for offline registrations). Registration form must be handed in to the religious education office prior to online payment :
After your registration form and payment are received, you may pick up your child’s bag containing all of their class materials. Instructions on how to log into the Sadlier portal to access your class will be emailed to you. Please provide an adult email address for contact. We are prohibited from using your child’s email address.
For more information about religious education at Our Lady of Light Parish, please call (718) 528-1220. You can also email us at the following: Ollightfaithed@gmail.com.
Religious Education Resources: Go to https://dioceseofbrooklyn.org/getinvolved/religious-education-resources/ for a complete list of updated resources.
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I hope all is well! Since the parish closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19, the Religious Education staff and the Pastor has been working to continue to support you in your efforts to collaborate with us as we continue to provide religious education for your family. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us in his new General Directory for Catechesis that those being catechized can live their life in a simple and spontaneous way. We are called to accompany each other on a journey toward Christ, with parents/guardians taking the lead for their children.
Here is what we are working on during the past few months:
- Registration policy….
- Series chosen…
- Sacramental policy…
- Program Handbook….
- Roles of the parent, catechist, etc.….
- Program expectations
- Other important details….
Given the uncertainty of the times, a blended learning model for religious education has been approved by the Diocese of Brooklyn. This model allows religious education to be done in both an in-class or at-home setting depending on the circumstances. It also addresses the fact that the parent/guardian is the primary educator and formator of their children in the Faith. The following is a breakdown of what the blended learning model entails:
AT HOME–In most cases, the at home distance learning sessions will begin with the catechist addressing the student and the parent(s)/guardian(s) for approximately 20 minutes using GOTOMEETING, TEAMS, etc. The student will the complete his/her assignment using the e-book during the week. A hard copy of the textbook will also be provided. Parents or guardians should be available during the week to assist the child if he/she needs assistance. All will reconvene the following week at the appropriate time using the link to connect.
IN CLASS—Using this model, the student will learn the material at home and discuss it when and if the class meets in person. The class meeting times may be different from the times the class meets for distance learning. Classes may not meet every week, depending on the schedule. Information will be sent to you regarding the new policies for in class gatherings (masks, social distancing, etc.).
PLEASE NOTE: In a Diocesan memo dated August 26, 2020, Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio sent out a directive, to all parishes, that all parish religious education programs, faith formation programs and Pre-Cana experiences will be held virtually.
Remember! This pandemic will not last forever. We are here to help you educate and form your children in the beautiful faith, so that they may know God’s grace and comfort during these stressful times. We are trying out a new way to learn and there will be challenges along the way. We ask for your patience and prayers and look forward to a time when we can safely gather once more!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
We are praying for you all and please keep us in your prayers. Let us work each day to become the best missionary disciple possible.
Lisa Sampson Director of Faith Formation Our Lady of Light Parish
Program Goals for This Year at Our Lady of Light Parish
We provide opportunities for all, regardless of age or circumstance, to enrich their faith. Catechesis is a lifelong process; the seed is planted by God, nurtured by the family, and strengthened by the church. Our program goals this year:
– Provide ongoing educational opportunities in the faith.
– Promote an awareness of sacraments.
– Encourage spiritual faith formation.
– Develop a vision of catechesis as an essential “moment” in the process of evangelization.
Policies and Procedures for Students who are in Need of Sacraments:
Parents of students preparing for the sacraments are required to participate in the preparation provided by the parish. The preparation for the sacraments is ongoing, and students are expected to attend classes before and after they have received their sacraments.
For students who are six years of age or below, baptism may be administered by the priest or deacon upon the request of the parents with instructions given to the parents at a session before the sacrament is administered. Students should be enrolled in the grade that they are presently in school.
For students seven years of age through high school, the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and holy communion will be administered at Easter Vigil as part of the R.C.I.A. These students should be enrolled in Faith Formation classes in the grade they attend in regular school for a period of two years before they receive the sacraments. The decision to permit these students to receive the sacraments will be made by the pastor, teacher and CCD coordinator at the appropriate time. During their preparation periods, special sacramental catechesis will be given in addition to their regular Faith Formation classes. In the case of a high school student, he/she will attend a special high school class provided by the parish.
For all students, Faith Formation classes are offered from Kindergarten through High School. Students are expected to attend class each year, whether they are receiving a sacrament that year or not. Regular attendance at Mass and regular reception of the sacraments must be a priority for all Catholics.