Religious Education - Programs

Babysitting | Pre-School | Our Lady of Wisdom School | Vacation Bible School | Sunshine House |
Sunday Morning Kindergarten | Youth Ministry| R.C.I.A. | R.C.I.A. for Children | Catechist |
Options for Religious Education | Family Program

“And where there is no knowledge, there is no wisdom” Sirach 3: 24

Babysitting is available for pre-schoolers in the lower Church during the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Please stop downstairs before the 9:00 Mass and see one of the volunteers if you have any questions.

St. Louis de Montfort Pre-School - Susan Walsh 744-9515 x500

The environment during a child’s first years of life are extremely important to the child’s spiritual, physical, social, creative, cognitive and language development. This environment includes persons outside the child’s home who have an impact on the child’s life. The St. Louis de Montfort Pre-School teachers and volunteers help prepare children for the rest of their school years, as well as surround them with a caring, supportive, spiritual environment in which to learn and interact with other students. Please click here for more information.

Our Lady of Wisdom School - 114-116 Myrtle Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY 473-1211

Our Lady of Wisdom School is the regional Catholic school supported by our parish and three neighboring parishes. The mission of Our Lady of Wisdom School is “to ensure a high quality of education in a loving, caring, environment, highlighting the positive influence of God within the learning experience.” The school educates students from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Vacation Bible School - Donna McCauley 744-9515

Vacation Bible School is a week long summer learning experience for children in pre-school through 6th grade. It is held in the beginning of August (8/1 - 8/5/2016) and our 7th through 12th grade students assist with the program. It teaches the children about Jesus and the Catholic faith through fun activities like art, drama, music, and games. Registration is held during the last two weeks of May at the Margaret Galvin Battillo Religious Education Office.

Sunshine House & Kindergarten - John McNamara 744-9515
Our Religious Education Program for children starts with our 3 year olds in our Family Religious Education Program. Our Family Program is coordinated with our Mass Schedule: we meet after the 5pm Mass on Saturday from 6 to 6:40pm; after the 9am Mass and the Bagel Breakfast from 10:30 to 11:10am; after the 10:30am Mass or before the 12Noon Mass from 11:20 to 11:55am. The Family Religious Education Program also meets on Monday from 5:15pm to 6:00pm, Tuesday evening from 6:15 to 7:00pm and Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6pm for those families that can not make our weekend program.

Youth Ministry - John McNamara, 744-9515

Next Teen Mass: Sept 25, 2016 at 12pm
Next Youth Retreat: Sept 28, 2016, 7:30pm - 9pm

Our Youth Ministry Program is a continuation of our Religious Education Program after Confirmation (this sacrament is usually received when the young person is in 8th Grade). Our catechists are invited to continue with their small groups on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis (depending on their schedules and the teens schedules). Our Youth Ministry Program, called Affirming Faith, culminates in our Graduation Mass for our High School Seniors in June of their Senior Year in High School. The bishop who confirmed these students is invited to celebrate this Mass.
After our Youth Ministry Program concludes, our students are invited into our Young Adult Ministry. In addition to our small group meetings, our teens in high school are invited once a month for our Teen Mass (celebrated at 12 PM) which is followed by refreshments in our Parish Center from 1 to 2 PM.
Our teens in high school are also invited to a monthly Teen Retreat. Our Retreat begins with the 12 PM Mass on a Sunday afternoon and then we meet from 1 to 2:30 PM on a specific theme to help us in our spiritual life.
We also offer many opportunities for our teens in high school to put their faith into action through our Pope Francis Community Service Program. Some of the options are: altar server; lector; teen choir; assistant Religious Education Teacher; helper in our Parish Outreach Program; parish BBQ; parish Italian Night; parish Irish Family Celebration; local soup kitchens; Hope House; and Pax Christi.
The Affirming Faith Program is coordinated by Mr. John J. McNamara and the Youth Team. You can contact John for more information at 744-9515x200 or by email at

R.C.I.A. - John McNamara 744-9515

The Rite of Christian Initiation (R.C.I.A.) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. They are educated in the theological lessons necessary to allow them to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

R.C.I.A. for Children - John McNamara 744-9515

The children’s R.C.I.A. program brings the Good News of Jesus to children age 7 and above and prepares them for the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. This is open to children from different faiths who wish to become Catholic or for those who have been delayed in receiving the first sacraments.

Catechist - John McNamara 744-9515

Catechists are those people who are called to serve through teaching, witness, prayer, service and building community. At St. Louis de Montfort, a catechist is someone who utilizes their gifts of faith, patience and creativity to teach children in a particular grade about the Gospel.

The catechist prepares age-appropriate lessons and activities for the children, and is guided by a coordinator of religious education, who provides resources, ideas, suggestions and support. Classes take place in the catechist’s home once a week for one hour. Training for catechists is given at several meetings throughout the year.

Options for Religious Education top
Our Religious Education Program offers three options for faith formation: classes at our Parish Center; classes in the homes of our catechists with two adults present at all times; and our Family Program.

The Family Program - John McNamara 744-9515 top
The Family Program is an inter-generational program that is built around our Mass schedule. We offer this option on Saturday after the 5pm Mass (6 to 6:40pm); on Sunday after the 9am Mass and the Bagel Breakfast (10:30 to 11:10am) and also after the 10:30am or before the 12Noon Masses from 11:20 to 11:55am. We also offer this option on:
Monday evening from 5:15 to 6:00pm
Tuesday evening from 6:15 to 6:55pm
Wednesday evening from 5:15 to 6:00pm .

In the first part of this program the parent works with her or his own child or children and then there is a presentation by the facilitator. After the presentation on a faith topic, the students break up into age appropriate groups for a review of what they have learned.

744-9515 phone
821-6089 fax
P.O. Box 626
Sound Beach, NY 11789

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays –7:00pm - 9:00 p.m.
Located in the Margaret Galvin Battillo Religious Education Office



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