We, at Sacred Heart Church, are pleased to offer a variety of programs for those interested in faith formation. We have our youth programs from first grade through to our junior high Confirmation Preparation Program. Our programs and materials are presented by our volunteer catechists, who so generously share their time, talents, faith, gifts and their love of Church, with the youth.
Our Mission Statement and Objectives
Sacred Heart Church offers a welcoming environment for all children who participate in the Faith Formation Program. We strive to complement the family shared experience of love and caring for one another, by bringing God alive in their daily lives. Each child will learn about Catholic teachings, prayers, practices, morals, values, responsibilities and mission helping them grow in their faith and deepen their personal relationship with Jesus. We strive to make all disciples in Christ.
A Journey of Faith
Using a traditional classroom model, our students formally begin in first grade. Students learn about the Catholic Church and its teachings while developing their faith and personal relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the workings and guidance of the Holy Spirit within them. As a journey of faith, this is accomplished over time with active participation in the faith community as an integral part. Topics are introduced in developmentally appropriate stages. Intertwined within this program is the Parish Sacramental Preparation Programs for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion (grade 2) and Confirmation (grade 8).
All our programs are in conformity with the guidelines and policies of the Archdioceses of Newark. Further, Sacred Heart Church staff and volunteers, who come into regular contact with children, have completed and are current with the requirements of the Archdiocese of Newark, Office of Safe Environments.
Help is Always Wanted and Needed!Our programs depend upon our volunteers! There are many ways to become involved and we need your help! Please contact us if you are interested in hearing about being a: Catechist, Substitute Catechist, Classroom Aide, Hall Monitor, or Office Aide. All volunteers must complete and be current on Protecting God's Children, which is offered through the Archdiocese of Newark. Please visit the Archdiocese website for further information.
Special Sacraments (RCIC)- Rite of Christian Initiation of Children
The Special Sacraments program is our Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). This program is for students who have not received Baptism and First Holy Communion, never had faith formation or may have missed a few years. Students will attend a special sacraments class on per month on Sunday from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM in addition to their regular weekly faith formation grade level class. If you feel that your child is a candidate for this program, please call the Faith Formation Office at 201-843-1722 for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation
The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) process is an opportunity for instruction and spiritual transformation for any adult seeking a deeper understanding of the Catholic tradition, or full incorporation into the Catholic faith. Are you, or someone you know, interested in becoming a Catholic, or completing the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation? The RCIA group meets weekly beginning each Fall. Please call the Faith Formation Office at 201-843-1722 for more information.