Faith Formation- Sacraments

Religious Education for Children

Registration is open for the 2020 – 2021 year

All children who attend public and private schools -grades 1-8- are encouraged to register for our Faith Formation program. We offer classes at every grade level on an on-going basis before and after the reception of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

As we advance in this academic year, we will be following the diocesan guidelines for the safety and well-being of all involved. Depending on the circumstances: we might offer in-person classes at the parish –following safety protocols, distance learning at-home via Zoom, Google classroom or other electronic program, or a “blended” method combining in person and at home instruction.

We are here to help you educate and form your children in the faith, so that they may experience God’s love during these stressful times. As we implement a new way of learning, there will be challenges along the way.  We ask for your patience and prayers as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Please use this link for on-line registration.
You may also download this form: OLA Rel Ed Registration Form 2021-22
Fill it out and send it by mail or drop it off at the rectory, with your check or money order payable to Our Lady of the Angelus.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Sr Xaveriana at the Office of Faith Formation at 718 896 4388 or send her a message by email. Thank you.

Our program supplements the religious upbringing of the children by their parents, who are their first and most influential teachers. We work together with the parents to pass down the faith to the children in our community.

In-person classes (if allowed) will be held on Saturdays or Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am with participation in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist both days. We follow safety protocols of social distancing and masks are required at all times.

Family tuition rates for children residing in the same household:
One student: $100
Two students: $140
Three or more students: $180

Additional Sacrament fees:
First Communion: $50
Confirmation: $70

Programa de Educación Religiosa
Las inscripciones están abiertas para el ciclo 2020 – 2021

Queridos padres de familia, se insta a que inscriban a sus niños del 1-8 grado para las clases de
Formación de Fe. Nosotros ofrecemos clases en todos los niveles y de forma continua, antes y después de recibir la Primera Confesión, Primera Comunión, y la Confirmación.

Al prepararnos para el próximo año académico, vamos a seguir todas las directrices diocesanas.  Las clases serán virtuales solamente hasta el fin de año, cuando evaluaremos la situación. Estamos planeando ofrecer diferentes formas de aprendizaje en 2021, dependiendo de las circunstancias: clases en persona en la parroquia –siguiendo todos los protocolos de seguridad, aprendizaje a distancia en el hogar a través de Zoom, Google classroom u otro programa electrónico, o un método “combinado” que incluye la instrucción en persona así como también instrucción en el hogar. 

Estamos aquí para ayudarlos a educar y formar a sus hijos en la fe, para que ellos puedan experimentar el amor de Dios durante estos tiempos difíciles. A medida que implementemos una nueva forma de aprendizaje, habrá desafíos en el camino. Le pedimos su paciencia y oraciones mientras navegamos por estas aguas inexploradas.

Puede procesar su matrícula en-linea usando este sitio link for on-line registration. Y puede bajar el formulario: OLA Rel Ed Registration Form 2021-22 Spanish   completelo y envielo a la parroquia con su cheque o money order pagadero a Our Lady of the Angelus.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, llame a Sister Xaveriana al 718-896-4388 o enviele un mensaje by email. Gracias.

Recuerde que nuestro programa de educación religiosa se complementa con la enseñanza de los padres de familia, quienes son los primeros y más importantes maestros de sus hijos. Nosotros trabajamos junto con ellos para poder inculcar la fe a los niños de nuestra comunidad.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Interested in becoming a Catholic?   

 Are you interested in being baptized or completing your initiation by the reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation?  Our RCIA Program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) can help you explore all the Catholic Faith has to offer.  Come, learn, experience, believe!  

What is R.C.I.A.?

R.C.I.A. is an acronym that means: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.  It is a process for those who have not been baptized and are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, for those who have been baptized in another Christian denomination and seek reception to the Catholic Church, and also for those who are baptized Catholic but have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion.

The RCIA is spiritual journey of conversion where individuals get to know Jesus and develop a personal relationship with him. It gives them the opportunity to get acquainted with the rich traditions and beliefs of our Catholic Church and to experience the importance of a parish community and its commitment to the faithful.

There are four stages and three Rites of the R.C.I.A.:


This is a stage of informal meetings, a time of evangelization-sharing the Gospel, answering questions, and introduction to basic Catholic life, prayers, and teachings. Inquirers strive to open their hearts to the Gospel and the workings of the Holy Spirit and begin the conversion process, as the Church helps them discern whether God is calling them into the Catholic Church. The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens / Rite of Welcome ends the Precatechumenate or inquiry stage.


After being placed in formal relationship with the Church through the Rite of Acceptance or Rite of Welcome, the Catechumens (unbaptized) and Candidates (baptized) enter a period of receiving gradual and systematic instruction in the teachings of the Catholic Faith based on the Catechism, as well as a time of formation in prayer and works of charity. They also receive special blessings and prayers and participate in the Breaking Open of the Word-a shared discussion on the meaning of the Scriptures for their lives. The Rite of Election / Call to Continuing Conversion ends the Catechumenate stage.


Through the Rite of Election, the Catechumens and Candidates enter into this period which corresponds with the season of Lent. This is an intense time of prayer, discernment, and spiritual preparation for the Easter sacraments. Catechumens and Candidates continue to Break Open the Word and to receive special blessings, help in scrutinizing their hearts, and the Presentations of the Creed and Lord’s Prayer. The reception of the Sacraments of Initiation, usually at the Easter Vigil ends the Purification and Enlightenment stage.


Following Easter until Pentecost, we “unfold the Mysteries” that have taken place. The Gospels in this period are given so that together we might reflect on what this new life in Christ means and how the newly initiated can actively participate in parish life. This period is dedicated to deepening the Christian experience and to spiritual growth.  The newly baptized and the newly received begin their neophyte year which continues until the Easter Vigil the following year.

Mystagogy means unraveling, opening up the mysteries.  Therefore this is an on-going process that lasts a lifetime for all Christians, as we continue to deepen our relationship with God and give thanks for the graces received through the sacraments.

Maybe you have been experiencing a longing in your heart calling you to welcome God in your life. Listen to that call. It’s our Heavenly Father reaching his arms out to welcome you; it is the Holy Spirit whispering in your ear, hoping to draw you home.

The preparation process is different depending on your personal situation.  We hope you allow us to be part of your journey to experiencing how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for all of us. Please contact us to discuss the options and begin your journey into a life of love, hope and faith.

Classes are available in English and Spanish. RCIA Team: Deacon Edwin Cancel, Pauline Reid, Maria Santos.   Call our Religious Education office at 718-896-4388 if you have any questions. To begin the process, please fill out the RCIA Information form and email it to  


Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos

¿Está interesado(a) en convertirse en católico?

Nuestro Programa RICA (Rito de Iniciación Cristiana para Adultos) puede ayudarle a explorar todo lo que la Fe Católica tiene para ofrecer. ¡Venga, aprenda, experimente, crea!

¿Qué es R.C.I.A.?

R.C.I.A. es un acrónimo que significa: Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos. Es un proceso para aquellos que no han sido bautizados y están interesados ​​en aprender más sobre la fe católica, para aquellos que han sido bautizados en otra denominación cristiana y buscan integrarse a la Iglesia Católica, y también para aquellos que fueron bautizados como católicos,  pero aún no han recibido los sacramentos de la Confirmación y la Primera Comunión.

El RICA es una jornada espiritual de conversión donde las personas llegan a conocer a Jesús y desarrollan una relación personal con él. Les da la oportunidad de familiarizarse con las ricas tradiciones y creencias de nuestra Iglesia Católica y de experimentar la importancia de una comunidad parroquial y su compromiso con los fieles.

Tal vez usted ha estado experimentando un llamado en su corazón que lo incita a recibir a Dios en su vida. Escuche ese llamado. Es nuestro Padre Celestial extendiendo sus brazos para darle la bienvenida; es el Espíritu Santo susurrándole al oído, esperando llevarle a casa.

El proceso de preparación es diferente según su situación personal. Esperamos que nos permita ser parte de su jornada espiritual para experimentar cuán amplio, largo, alto y profundo es el amor de Cristo por todos nosotros. Por favor contáctenos para discutir las opciones y comenzar su camino hacia una vida de amor, esperanza y fe.

Clases disponibles en inglés y español. Equipo de RICA: Diacono Edwin Cancel, Pauline Reid, Maria Santos.    Por favor llame a nuestra oficina de Educación Religiosa al 718-896-4388 si tiene alguna pregunta. Por favor complete el formulario de  RCIA Information y envíelo a 


The Sacraments

The word Sacrament comes from the Latin word sacramentum, which means a sign of the sacred. The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred and significant for us as Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing Gods saving presence. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.

Parents seeking to have their child baptized, should contact the rectory for more information. It is necessary for all first-time parents to attend a preparation class (via Zoom).  We ask that one parent be a registered member of our parish.

The Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Confessions are held on Saturdays 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm. In case of an emergency, please call the rectory.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is a mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God’s fidelity to us.

The Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.Arrangements at the church must be made at least 6 months prior to the wedding. Either Bride or Groom must be a registered member of our parish.

Holy Orders
In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, also known as Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness. Through this sacrament, the Church comforts and supports the person who is suffering and continues the healing ministry of Christ. For those who are about to die, the Church, in addition to the Anointing of the Sick, offers the Eucharist as viaticum – food for the journey home.