Faith Formation

PREPs Information

St. Matthias Parish offers religion for students who do not attend Catholic Schools. The Diocese of Brooklyn requires that each child attends at least two years of religious instruction before receiving First Penance and Eucharist and two years before receiving Confirmation. Also, children who are 8 years old or older, who were not yet baptized must enter into the Rite of Christian Initiation adopted for Children (RCIA), for 3 years in order to receive the Sacraments. It is recommended that children in Catholic families attend religious instruction continuously from 1st through 8th grade. Giving a child proper faith formation and knowledge of our Catholic Faith is the responsibility of each parent.

School year 2019-2020 will started on September 15, 2019.

For more information contact Agnes Ambroziak  or Ruth Perez- telephone#718-456-0301 or via email preps@saintmatthiaschurch.net 

PREPS 2019-2020

New registrations for 2019-2020 is officially closed.

Families transferring from an existing ongoing formation program can apply for registration, by contacting Agnes or Ruth.

What you must bring to REGISTER:

  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate
  • Communion certificate (if Sacrament has been received)
  • Registration Fee (cash/check/money order are forms of payment accepted)

REGISTRATION FEE: $120.00 per child

Each child who is scheduled to receive a sacrament in 2020, will be assessed one-time fee of $150.00 (in addition to the registration fee)

REGISTRATION LOCATION: Rectory 58-15 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385

PREPS Calendar for October 2019

October 6th –

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM  – P.R.E.P. Classes

12:40 PM – 2:00 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes

October 13th –

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes
12:40 PM – 2:00 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes

October 20th –

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes
11:25 AM -12:25 PM – Meeting for Parents of First Communion Children -Gym

12:40 PM – 2:00 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes

12:55 AM -1:55 PM – Meeting for Parents of First Communion Children -Gym

October 27th –

11:10 AM – 12:30 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes – Child Lures gr. 1-3

12:40 PM – 2:00 PM – P.R.E.P. Classes- Child Lures gr. 1-3 & gr. 4-5

A Call for Service:

Is God calling you to share your faith? Our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is looking for catechists and we can most definitely use your talent and dedication. You do not need experience, we will provide you with the training and tools necessary to fulfill your call your to service. We are seeking individuals who love the Lord and would like to share their love and knowledge of the Catholic faith with the young members of our community. If you are interested, please contact Agnes Ambroziak/ Ruth Perez at (718) 456-0301 or via email at preps@saintmatthiaschurch.net 

Our Program is in dire need of catechist so we ask that you kindly keep our program in your prayers. Pray with us:

God, in Baptism you called me by name and made me a member of your people, the Church.

Help all your people to know their vocation in life, and to respond by living a life of holiness.

For your greater glory and for the service of your people, raise up dedicated and generous leaders who will serve as sisters, priests, brothers, deacons, catechist, and lay minsters.

Send you Spirit to guide and strengthen me that I may server your people following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name I offer this prayer. Amen.