Religious Education




Religious Education Curriculum 

St. Gabriel's Religious Educaion program is grounded on the traditional teachings and practices of the Catholic Church.  We follow the guidelines set by the Diocese of Trenton.  Grade 3 is a Sacramental year in which the children are prepared for the reception of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year process, beginning in grade 7. The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to those who have successfully completed the Program and have met all Parish, Diocesean and Canonical requirements in grade 9.

We use the following text books in our program :  Kindergarten : RCL Benziger, Faith First.  Grades 1-8 , Alive in Christ , published by Our Sunday Visitor.  This series has an interacitive website that can assist you with your child's religious formation. The link to the website is :

Each student will receive a student workbook at the beginning of the year.  Replacement books will be ordered at a cost of $25.00 for each student.

The Diocesan Family Life Curriculum

The family life program is in place to offer Catholic moral teaching and development . The series, RCL Benziger, Family Life,  focuses on : family, self, life, love and community.  The program is taught in grades 1-8. There is a family component to this program.  Family Life is taught in the month of January.

First Holy Communion Preperation

First Holy Communion preperation begins in second grade. Students recieve the Sacrament of First Communion in April 2018.    All Parents are asked to attend a First Reconcilaition / First Holy Communion meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 5:00 PM OR 7:00 PM (parents may attend either one).

Students receive First Reconciliation  ( Penance , Confession ) on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:00 PM

All students in grade 3 accompanied by 1 adult will come togher for a First Holy Communion Gathering - You Are What You Eat - Saturday , February 25, 2017.  We will meet in the church hall.  See calendar and class handouts for specific times.

Middle School - Confirmation Preperation

There is a 20 hour Christian service requirement for all students in grades 7 and 8.  This is a total of 20 hours to be completed in a two year period.  There are seveal opportunities offered through the Religious Education Office and through St. Gabriel's Church.  Please check with the Religous Education office for further direction.  In addition, check the website, flyers, FB page and bulletin for opportunities.  

All students in grade 7 and 8 must hand in 20 Mass bulletins per year.

Students in Grade 7 attend 5:00 PM Mass as a group on Sunday, October 30, 2016 to recieve their Bible and pledge their committment to Christian Service

Students in grade 8 are invited to attend a retreat - R U Really Giving 100%?  "Bam, Let's Kick It Up a Notch".  Presented by Collenn Rayner of CKR Retreats - Friday, October 14, 2016 6:30-9:30 - Meet in the church. 

Prior to Confirmation, students must complete a Confirmation packet which is handed out in January and retruned in April.  In addition, all 8th grade students must attend a Confirmation Interview conducted by our Pastor, deacons, director of Religious Education and teachers.  Lastly, all students in grade 9 must attend a Confirmation Retreat prior to Confirmation .  Please see our calendar for all dates. 


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