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Faith Formation Registration 2020-21


Registration for Levels 2-8

Our goal as always at Assumption Faith Formation Program is to help children grow in their relationship with God and to live as disciples of Jesus at home, in school, and their community while developing an understanding of Scripture and our Catholic faith.

We have been preparing a program that meets the standards of faith formation and diocesan guidelines, while at the same time following all CDC guidelines for health and safety. We are planning to start our formation year in person; however, we follow the actions of the Middle Country School District and may need to transfer classes to an online forum should the district decide to do so.

  • Classes are scheduled to begin the week of October 5th
  • Classes will meet in 2 sessions (A and B sessions) and will be bi-weekly.
    This allows us to keep classes small, with the maximum allowed being seven students.
  • Everyone attending Must wear a mask
  • Desks will be spaced 6 feet or more apart
  • There will be no sharing of materials
  • Catechists and children MUST stay home when sick
  • All rooms and common area surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized before and after classes
  • Classes will be dismissed one at a time to ensure social distancing is being followed.

To make this possible for our children, we will need volunteers for the following:

– substitute catechists

– cleaning and sanitizing between classes (even if you can offer 20 minutes per week)

– security

To facilitate the registration process, we will now be using an online form.  Online Registration will begin on Saturday, August 1st at www.abvmcentereach.com.We are limiting class size for each session, so please register as soon as possible if you would like a specific day and time.

Monday A Session 4:30 –5:30 p.m. or 6:30 –7:30 p.m. for Levels 2-8
Monday B Session 4:30 –5:30 p.m. or 6:30 –7:30 p.m. for Levels 6-8
Tuesday A Session 4:30 –5:30 p.m. or 6:30 –7:30 p.m. for Levels 2-8
Tuesday B Session 4:30 –5:30 p.m. or 6:30 –7:30 p.m. for Levels 6-8
Saturday 9:30 –10:30 a.m. for Special Needs*

The Special Needs has a limited amount of space; please contact the office for more information

First Communion Preparation

Our parish’s Office of Faith Formation is available for children who need sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. According to diocesan guidelines, this is a two-year program. Here at Assumption Parish, a child usually begins in the first grade and celebrates First Eucharist in May of the second grade. Children in the second grade and above who have not started preparing for the celebration of this sacrament are invited to participate in our parish program.

Confirmation Preparation

The diocesan guidelines require a two-year formation period for the celebration of this sacrament. Here at Assumption parish, this program begins in grade 6 (Level 6) with the student participating in classes that take place during the week: Monday and Tuesday.

Registration Fees for 2020/2021

Payment this year will be collected online during the registration process, and payment will be required in full at the time of Registration. We have taken into consideration the effect Covid-19 has had on families and temporarily lowered registration fees for the 2020 / 2021 year.

The parish offers a 20% discounted registration fee for a child or grandchild of Faith Formation volunteer. (e.g., catechist, small group facilitator, security, office help, hospitality, etc.)

1 Student*         $150.00                     $130.00

2 Siblings*        $250.00                     $200.00

3+ Siblings*     $325.00                      $260.00

*There is an additional $30 Sacramental Fee for all of those registering for Confirmation II/ Level 7 and Confirmation II/Level 8


Faith Formation Registration for Level 1 2020-21

The Level 1 program will be conducted differently from other levels. The Level 1 program is designed to be an easy, parent-led curriculum that enables you to understand and engage the faith at home.

The following is a review of the expectations covered in our parent meetings:

  • The parents will be the primary catechists, but the curriculum will include short instructional videos that accompany each lesson.
  • One lesson should be taught every other week.
  • A catechist will check in every other week with you to ask how the lesson went and answer any questions you may have.
  • Bringing your child to weekly Mass is necessary. It helps every child to fully incorporate their faith and understand the rhythm of prayer as well as the liturgical seasons. If you do not yet feel comfortable attending Mass, we ask that you watch Mass online with your family at home. Our live-streamed Mass can be accessed from our parish website: ABVMcentereach.com, Facebook: Assumption BVM, and YouTube: ABVM Centereach

Prior to Registration:

  • Parent/guardian must meet with Julie Mercado at (631) 588-6408 or jmercado@abvmcentereach.com or Mary Beth Van Bourgondienat (631) 487-2650 mscott@abvcentereach.comfrom the Faith Formation Office prior to Registration.
  • If you attended one of the Zoom meetings on July 28th or 29th, you may continue to Registration. Otherwise, please call the Faith Formation office to schedule an appointment: (631) 588-6408
  • You will also need to provide a copy of the Baptism Certificate for your Level 1 child in order to register.

Julie Mercado and Mary Beth Van Bourgondien

Coordinators of Faith Formation