Currently Offered Programs

The Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi Religious Education Program

“I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.”

          It must be said that our R.E. Program was created for success and then considered how we can function in light of Covid-19.  We did not let the pandemic drive our planning. We planned first for successful formation of disciples. Then adapted as we went along to the ever-changing guidelines. 

           We see the present moment in our lifetime as a unique opportunity for the evangelization of the family, the domestic church.   We worked to form a new vision for faith formation that builds upon where we have been and moves us to where we ought to be.    

Evangelization happens first.  Catechesis follows.

           As we planned for the fall, we honestly considered whether what we had been doing for years was really working. We used this opportunity to redevelop our Religious Education Program and the Models it consists of by connecting our young people and their families with the parish in more creative, productive ways. Using the many newly developed tools for remote learning and the doors that technology opens we began to create programs that better responded to the call of the new evangelization using the new Directory for Catechesis as a road map to our renewal.  

          We know, according to St. John Paul II, that catechesis is a moment in the whole process of evangelization.  We are committed to making that moment matter.  Please join us in prayer as we work together to form a new vision for faith formation that builds upon where we have been and moves us to where we ought to be.

3 Models – Weekly – Family Centered– Summer R.E.A.P.


Traditional Weekly

  • Offered for Grades 1 through 8
  • Classes are held weekly from September through May via Zoom 
  • Regular Mass Attendance is required – "Participation in our Faith"
  • (3) unexcused absences permitted per school year

Monthly Family Centered

  • Offered for students/families in grades Pre-K/3 through 8
  • Students attend regular grade level classes via Zoom
  • It is mandatory that at least one parent/guardian of enrolled students attend the Adult Learning Session that is held via Zoom monthly
  • This program offers a total family approach to catechesis 
  • This program is designed for a family to grow in faith together
  • Regular Mass Attendance is required – "Participation in our Faith"
  • (1) unexcused absence permitted per school year

Summer R.E.A.P. (Religious Education Alternative Program)

  • Grades 3 through 8 (students may enroll after the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is received)
  • This program is held the last (2) weeks in July from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
  • Class size and availability is limited
  • Attendance is required for three (3) scheduled extra Liturgical Celebrations throughout the school year

Mass Attendance

Attend Mass weekly with your child. No program can take the place of the example set in the home.  To help ensure that your child(ren) is included in the giving aspect of our faith, a box of weekly. 


St. Francis R.E. Office
45 Library Place

Metuchen, NJ 08840

(Located in Parish Center by the Our Lady Chapel)


Debra Schurko, PCL
732-548-0100 ext 226

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