The Church of Notre Dame offers Religious Education programs in both English and French for students in Grades One through Eight. While we prepare students for the sacraments, we also provide continuous instruction between First Communion and Confirmation. All students are placed in age-appropriate classes; if necessary, students may receive additional instruction as they prepare for a sacrament.
- Religious Education (English)
- Manhattan Chaplaincy (French)
English classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 11:15 throughout the school year in the Merton Center in the Rectory. Our aim is to model God’s love to our children while creating a strong foundation of knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of the Catholic Church. With small classes, we are able to create a close-knit community. Our catechists are drawn from our community and reflect its diversity. We use the “Finding God” curriculum from Loyola Press.
Parents are an integral part of our community. They are invited to assist with many aspects of the program, including snack, some presentations, organization or helping with the acolytes (altar servers). Parents also attend two Family Workshops per year. Attendance at weekly mass for both parents and students is expected.
The highlights of our year are the celebration of the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. We also ceremonially crown the statue of the Virgin Mary every May.
Should you be interested in becoming a Religious Education teacher or registering your child, you can contact Beth Passaro (
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The Aumônerie Catholique de Manhattan welcomes every year around 150 French speaking children from age 6 to 17. Children follow a religious education program in French, and are asked, with their families, to play an active part in the monthly French-speaking Family mass at the Church of Notre Dame. The program prepares the children for the sacraments and offers classes by age group.
The Aumônerie coordinates several groups of students:
- Primary school students from the Lycée Français de New York : classes take place in the buildings of the Lycée Français on Fridays after class during the academic year
- Primary school French-speaking students outside of the Lycée Français: children are assigned to small group of students, and meet at the Catechism teacher’s house.
- 4th & 5th graders: a French-speaking class is taught by Sister Nadège once a month, following the French-Speaking Family mass, at the Church of Notre Dame.
- Middle School & High School students are assigned to small groups of students and meet at the Catechism teacher’s house, usually early evening.
- Preparation for First communion and Confirmation is also organized by small groups.
All students and family celebrate together the French-speaking Family Mass and the Sacraments at the Church of Notre Dame, with seasonal celebrations (Advent & Lent) held at St Monica’s Church (E 79th St).
Should you be interested in becoming a Religious Education teacher or participating in a class, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.