Religious Education and Faith Formation

“We all should strive to be saints. It is the responsibility of every parish to assist its parishioners in achieving that most worthy goal. At Holy Rosary, our Family Formation and continuing religious education programs can play an integral role in that process. All of our classes are taught by faithful, dedicated instructors, whom most of you know because they, too, are parishioners.


These instructors are required to make public declarations of their Fidelity and have generously offered their time and efforts to assist others in growing in knowledge of the Faith. Through this pamphlet, we invite you to explore the many classes we offer on your road to eternity. “


- Father C. Ryan McCarthy, pastor

Safe and Sacred

To view information on Safe and Sacred, a course required for all teachers, staff, and volunteers to administer to minors, click here.

RCIA: Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults By attending these courses, adults will learn much of what the Catholic Church believes. We recommend that people in the following categories consider joining RCIA: † Adult non-Christians and Christians from other denominations who are considering the possibility of becoming Catholic. † Adult Catholics who have never received Holy Communion or Confirmation. † Adult Catholics who have fallen away from the practice of the Faith and would like to return to the sacraments. Classes begin in September and will meet weekly on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sponsors:

Anyone interested in being a sponsor for those who are converting to Catholicism through our RCIA program, are asked to contact our parish office.


Family Formation is a unique family catechesis program which promotes parents as the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith. Family Formation provides a challenging and creative curriculum that is family-based, includes adult catechesis and training for parents, is founded on the Truth and teachings of the Catholic Church, and is designed to make living the Faith a way of life and a life-long learning adventure.


  • It combines a monthly church gathering (where children meet in grade-specific class settings while parents gather for adult catechesis and formation) and weekly family Home Lessons where parents, equipped with materials and an understanding of the lessons, teach their children the Faith.
  • Classes designed for preschool and K-6, with separate tracks in place for sacramental preparation.
  • First Penance/First Holy Communion is part of the 2nd grade curriculum.
  • Confirmation is open to all parishioners 13-18 years of age.


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Continuing Religious Education

The need to learn the Faith doesn't stop with the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation; rather, it continues throughout one's life.


Youth Ministry

All high school students are welcome to join our youth group. They meet once or twice a month during the school year for speakers, prayer, service opportunities and social activities.


Spirituality for Children

These spiritual enrichment classes expose children to the treasures of our Faith. Students will study the lives of saints, develop their own prayer lives and learn to appreciate those things which make the Catholic Church special. Classes are divided into three age groups: 3-6, 7-9 and 10-13. Each group will study the same subjects but at age-appropriate levels. These free, ongoing classes meet monthly, typically on the last Sunday of each month after the 11:30 a.m. Mass.


Apologetics for Teens

Have you ever experienced difficulty trying to explain or defend our Catholic beliefs to atheists, fallen away Catholics or Protestants?  This class delves into Church teaching and equips teens with how to explain, defend and spread the Catholic Faith. These ongoing classes meet monthly, typically on the last Sunday of each month from 1:15 - 2:00 pm.


Apologetics A-Z

These free sessions help Catholics explain (and defend) Catholic beliefs, practices and historical events to non-Catholic friends, neighbors and coworkers. Instructor Mike Luther presents a verse-by-verse walk through the Gospel and shows that there can never be any contradiction between Catholic teaching and Sacred Scriptures. Through lecture and lively discussions, participants learn to take a fresh look at familiar Scriptures.

Designed for those of college age and older (although some exceptions can be made for high-school students), these ongoing sessions meet monthly, typically on the last Sunday of each month after the 11:30 a.m. Mass in the Religious Education Building on East Street. Feel free to grab a doughnut from Café Rosario and bring it with you to class!


Adult Faith Formation

On many evenings throughout the year, adults are invited to enrich their spiritual lives through lessons in Scripture, Church history and other Faith-related topics. These lessons are typically presented through a series of books, DVDs or CDs. Please watch our bulletin for details.

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