The goal of our parish religious education program is to help young people develop morally, grow in their knowledge of the Catholic faith and participate in the sacramental life of the Church.
Our elementary/middle school program involves classroom learning sessions, communal prayer and worship experiences, service opportunities and sacramental preparation.
Each year builds upon and stresses the tenets of our faith as the child grows in “age, grace and wisdom.” Classes meet after school for one hour for 26 weeks. Central to our curriculum is the gospel. Each week the children learn about our Sunday liturgy (appropriate to their age level) and through activities, songs, and story learn the message of the gospel. Additionally, they learn about our doctrines, teachings and, prayers with the curriculums catechism book. Special education classes and Tutorial classes are offered for children who need additional services.
We welcome all members of our parish family to share our faith with our children through our many programs.
Please call 516-764-0048 ext. 2520 for more information.
Levels 1-6: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 3:45-4:45 PM or 5:00-6:00 PM
Level 7/8: Tuesday or Thursday evenings, 6:15–7:15 PM or 7:30–8:30 PM
The purpose of the committee is to enhance participation in the family liturgy as one grows in a deeper understanding of living as a community “centered in the Eucharist”. We meet from September through May to help plan the weekly 9:30am Sunday Mass for families and children.
Each Sunday following the 9:30 Mass there is a Family Mass Coffee Hour for families to gather and spend some social time together. The committee also prepares ongoing and meaningful liturgical projects during Advent and Lent to enhance family experiences during the week. Those on the committee set-up the coffee and refreshments and clean up afterwards.
First Reconciliation & Eucharist
|The program includes a two-year preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Interwoven into the curriculum the children are prepared sacramentally with materials specifically written for these two sacraments as well as communal prayer and worship experiences.
Level 7 & 8
The formal preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place during this 2 year preparation program: • Classroom/Teaching (Kerygma). Classroom lessons which emphasize the teachings of the Church through scripture and tradition and how our faith is experienced in our changing world.
• Service (Diakonia). A cohesive program that enables the students to live the gospel message through concrete actions in service to others.
• Prayer/Worship Experiences (Koinoinea). This component stresses the relationship between God and others by engaging the students in prayer, lectures and speaker presentations. It emphasizes an atmosphere of openness that will enable students to grow in their faith.
• Liturgy (Leiturgia). the Worship of God, “setting apart” time (Acts 13:2) to give thanks and praise to God. The weekly celebration of Mass is central to the faith development of each child and family.
Easter Lilies to the Homebound
We would like to deliver Easter Lilies to our homebound for Easter. This is a wonderful service project, as our homebound look forward to visits and a plant around the holiday time is always appreciated.
If you would like your child to participate in this service project, please call the office 764-0048 x 2520. Plants must be picked up in the Religious Ed office the week of April 3-7. The price will be approximately $5-10. You will be given the name, address and phone number of our homebound parishioner. Please call them and tell them you’re from St. Anthony and your child is doing service hours for Confirmation and would like to bring a plant and visit. Arrange a time that is convenient for both of you – weekends usually work best due to school hours. When you visit with your child, please also bring an Easter card that your child writes out. You must deliver the plant at least a week before Easter.
For each plant you pick up, your child will get 3 service hours.
Christmas Tree Lighting
|Saturday, December 10: volunteers needed for the following:
Baked goods – must drop off at the cafeteria December 10 @ 3:30pm
Readers for Storybook Time: meet in the cafeteria at 3:30pm and bring a Christmas book
Crafts and coloring – help young children with crafts and clean up afterwards. Crafts will be provided. Meet in Cafeteria @ 3:30
Must sign up by calling the Religious Education office: 764-0048 ex. 2520
2 service hours for participating.
2016 Long Island Festival of Trees
|2016 Long Island Festival of Trees: Get into the Christmas spirit while serving the community and earning service hours. Although the deadline date has passed volunteers are still needed. If interested, e-mail to Samantha Vezga or contact her for more information and other volunteer opportunities at 516.378.2000 X 352. More inforation at the web site.
Missalette for Church and Chapel
Unpack, change missalettes in church and chapel
|Date: Monday, November 21st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm: MEET IN THE CHURCH AT 7PM PROMPTLY.
As we start the new Church year with the season of Advent we will need to change the missalettes in our Church and Chapel. We have 500+ missalettes that need to be unpacked, put into binders and distributed into the pews in our Church and Chapel. If you would like to volunteer for this project, call the office at 764-0048 x 2520 to sign up. Students will receive 1 1/2 service hours. Children must be accompanied by parent.
The Book Fairies
Help Sort Books at Our
Teachers Book Fair Event:
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Time: Two time slots!
10:00am - 12:00pm AND 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Place: The Book Fairies Warehouse - 70 North Main Street, Freeport *around the back of the building*
Pajama Story Time-Front Street Elementary School
Let's give the students at Front Street Elementary an AMAZING Storytime evening. Volunteers are needed to bake cookies for 16 classrooms and read stories to the students. Please contact Amy Zaslansky at email@example.com to volunteer for this fun event!
DATE: Tuesday, November 29, 2017
PLACE: Front Street Elementary: 436 Front Street, Hempstead
TIME: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sign up by emailing Amy Zaslansky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person is Tony Iovino, Director of Community Relations and Programs at 516-766-2360 extension 340 or email@example.com.
The Library has many events throughout the school year where student volunteers are needed. Please contact Tony Iovino for a list of events.
Coffee Hour/Grade Level Masses
Families needed to help serve at Grade level Mass coffee hour following the 9:30 mass on the following days:
10/23; 10/30; 11/06; 11/13; 12/04; 12/11; 1/08; 1/22; 1/29; 2/12; 3/5; 3/12; 3/19; 3/26; 4/2; 5/7; 5/14 - Note: May Crowning. All First Communion Children. No Coffee Hour at this mass
Families needed to set up for coffee hour in the cafeteria at 9 am on assigned days. There will be people there to guide volunteers. Volunteers may also be used in the church to help guide classes to their seats and during procession. Following communion volunteers will return back to cafeteria to help serve parishioners
Sign up in Religious Education Office. Space is limited so call soon to reserve your spots.