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Faith Formation

St. Matthias
58-15 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Ms. Ruth Perez & Ms. Agnieszka (Agnes) Ambroziak
[email protected]



St. Matthias Parish offers religion for students who do not attend Catholic Schools.

Giving a child proper faith formation and knowledge of our Catholic Faith is the responsibility of each parent. It is recommended that children in Catholic families attend religious instruction continuously from 1st through 8th grade. 

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 through 10 years old and who were not yet baptized must enter into the Order of Christian Initiation adopted for Children (OCIA). They will receive their Baptism and Fist Holy Communion after the first two years of preparation and attend additional two years of Confirmation preparation at age 12 and 13, or later. 

Youth 11 years of age or older and who were not yet baptized, must attend three consecutive years of sacramental preparation and will receive all three sacraments (Baptism, Communion and Confirmation) at the end of the 3rd year.  All children must be 13 years old or older to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

Information About Classes in 2024-2024 school year

September 29th - school year opening at 10:30 am Mass for all Students (calendar for the whole school year will be published shortly).

In school year 2024-2025 the classes will be held on Sunday in two sessions:

  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am (to accommodate families attending Polish and Spanish Mass)
  • 11:45 pm to 1:15 pm (to accommodate families attending 10:30 am English Mass)

Check-list before registering:

  1. Make sure that you are a registered parishioner at St. Matthias Parish (if you are not sure, please call the rectory to find out 718-821-6447)
  2. Have your child’s birth certificate handy
  3. If child was baptized, have copy of the baptismal certificate
  4. If child received 1st Holy Communion, have copy of the Communion certificate
  5. If in prior school year your child attended religion at another parish, please obtain a letter showing the completion of the previous year from that parish
  6. Be prepared to make a payment of $140.00 for classes, books and materials for the school year (registration fee must be paid each year and if you child is schedule for communion or confirmation in 2025, there will another fee of $125 to cover sacramental preparation assessed at later day.

How to Register?

  • Online registration is available now and will remain available until September 30th.  Please use this link to the registration form and instruction on an online payment:

  • In-person registration will be held on 9/5 & 9/12 from 5 pm to 8 pm and 9/8 after each Sunday Mass.


During Summer 2024 we will communicate via email and phone and all in-person visits will be make by appointment only. We will return to regular office hours in September.

Mrs. Ruth Perez (English & Spanish): 

Ms. Agnes Ambroziak (English & Polish):

2024 Confirmation News

Confirmation will be celebrated on Saturday, September 28th.

This is a final calendar for confirmation events:

Confirmation 2024 Final Calendar

St. Matthias
58-15 Catalpa Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Are men and women engaged in the ministry of teaching the faith to primary and high school age children. All the necessary training, supervision and materials are provided by the parish. Teaching the faith to future generations is the nucleus of the church, it is through the time, dedication and inspiration of the catechist along with immediate family that children begin to experience a connection to God. If you are interested in join the PREP (Parish Religious Education Program) ministry contact Agnes.