Glen Cove Catholic - Religious Education
St Patrick – St Rocco – St Hyacinth
The Religious Education Programs of St Hyacinth, St Patrick and St Rocco are all being managed together under the "Glen Cove Catholic" umbrella. We are doing our best to respect the identity of each parish, while centralizing the administrative duties.
Each parish will continue to celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation separately.
After three semesters of Covid craziness, it looks like we will finally be able to return to some semblance of normality this fall. We are, however, making some changes to our Religious Education program, which I would like to outline for you here.
Sadly, our Director of Religious Education, Bernadette Heym, is retiring this fall. We are extremely grateful for Bernadette’s twenty-one years of service and we will greatly miss her. We wish her God’s blessings as she enters this new adventure in her life.
Fr. Josef Norys will be taking over the program as Director and we have also hired Natalie Velasquez as Administrative Assistant. Between the two of us, we will do our best to fill the hole that Bernadette’s departure leaves.
Here are the main components of our program:
We ask that you make sure that your child comes to mass every Sunday and Holy Day. This is not optional – our faith is a lived experience, not an academic subject. Your good example here is critical. If you do not come to mass regularly yourself, your child will also have no interest.
We will be using the “My Catholic Faith Delivered” online catechesis program. All students will be required to complete 100% of the online material to be able to move on to the next grade and to receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
As an alternative, if you prefer to teach your child at home personally, we can provide you with a textbook and workbook, which are available in English or Spanish. When the student has completed the workbook, we ask that you bring it to the Parish office so that we can mark the student down as having completed the work.
In either case, we ask that the student complete their work by April 1st.
On Thursdays, we will offer a one-hour Faith Encounter for each grade at St Patrick and St Rocco in the Parish Church. These will be led by one of the Parish Priests and will focus on how we live our Christian Faith, covering topics such as spirituality, liturgy, and prayer.
These Faith Encounters are mandatory for 2nd and 8th graders, and optional for all other grades.
Holy Hour + Confession:
All students in grades 2-8 will be required to attend a Holy Hour, where they will receive the sacrament of Confession, once per semester. These will take place on Wednesday night from 7-8 pm at St Patrick Parish.
If you would like to register your child for our Religious Education Program, please call Natalie Velasquez at 516-676-0276 ext. 126, or email: [email protected] You can also stop by the Parish Office at St Patrick or St Rocco. You can download the registration form here.
We look forward to working with you this school year!
Fr. Josef Norys
Director of Religious Education