Currently Offered Programs

We at St. Francis strive to provide religious education that affords your family access to programs that help  incorporate your faith into your children's lives in the most meaningful environment possible. Below is a summary of the models offered.

We advise to register as early as possible for all our R.E. Programs as classes fill quickly.  Program availability is subject to capacity and staff ability.  Yearly re-registration is required. 

Traditional Weekly

  • Offered for Grades 1 through 8
  • This program offers the choice of either Monday, Tuesday Night (8th Grade Only) or Thursday Classes
  • Classes are held weekly from September through May from 4:00pm to 5:05pm
  • 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
  • This program is held once a month on a regularly scheduled Sunday morning—9:00 a.m. till 11:45 a.m.. Classes are held monthly from September through May
  • Students attend regular grade level classes
  • It is mandatory that at least one parent/guardian of enrolled students attend the Adult Learning Session that is held in the Cathedral Community Room at the same time students are in their classes 
  • This program offers a total family approach to catechesis (this is not a student drop off program)
  • 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
  • (1) unexcused absence permitted for this program

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 offering envelopes are distributed to each student and to be handed in when they go to mass that week. These envelopes are similar to those adults receive from the parish.  A monetary donation is not required, the envelope is a means of monitoring mass attendance. 


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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