Faith Formation

(Religious Education / CCD)

The ultimate end for which all persons are created is to enter into a meaningful relationship with God. This can only be fully realized with an awareness of who God is and who we are as His greatest creation. Therefore, the Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine (CCD) was established to provide religious education to children who were not receiving any education in the Catholic faith through their regular schooling.

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For the CCD Schedule of Classes: CLICK HERE

To pay CCD registration online: Click HERE.

We MUST have the registration paperwork in advance of students starting classes. We cannot process registrations on Sunday mornings, and place your child in a class the same day. Doing so will only delay their start date by at least a week.

Holy Rosary’s religious education program is designed and maintained under the direction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. We seek to provide children with a thorough understanding of the Catholic faith that is relevant for the age and maturity of the students and a necessary component for them to grow in the virtues of faith, hope and above all love. Through instruction, exercises, activities, and worship, the CCD program of Holy Rosary will be an invaluable experience for the children allowing them to grow in mind and heart as they walk the path of Christian discipleship begun at their baptism.

Pursuant to the archdiocesan policies and requirements for sacrament preparation, if a child is enrolled in our program after the second week of classes, that may not be considered a full year of faith formation.

The role of the teachers in the CCD program is not to replace the role of the parent as the primary educators in the faith, but rather complement and build upon those principles that should be taught at home. For this reason, we strongly encourage CCD students to attend Sunday Mass, either in-person or virtually. Parental instruction and support of this program is mandatory throughout the Religious Education program as parents are the first teachers of their children throughout their lives. Children grow in faith, virtue, respect and values by weekly attendance at Mass with their families and with continual learning of our Roman Catholic faith.

About CCD at the Church of the Holy Rosary

CCD at Holy Rosary begins in the first grade and concludes after the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the ninth grade. Our classes run from September until May. The official start date for the 2022-23 school year is September 18, 2022. If your child is being registered for the first time at Holy Rosary, you must also include a COPY of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.

Parents may find that their child’s grade level in CCD is different from their grade level in “regular” school.  The CCD grade level for your child is determined by (1) your child’s age; and (2) which of the Sacraments they have completed or are in need of.  For example, a fourth grade student may be placed in the second grade class if the child had no prior CCD education and had not received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.   Any questions, please see the Faith Formation Director.

The Sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation

Preparation for reception of First Reconciliation (a/k/a: Confession), First Holy Communion and Confirmation involves instruction through the Religious Education program.

Children can be registered as early as six in our CCD program, though this is not necessary if the child is attending a Roman Catholic elementary school.

It takes two years of preparation for First Communion (7 years or older).   It takes two years of preparation for Confirmation (12 years or older).

Confirmation Sponsors

A sponsor is someone who is willing to help a child in their catechesis, as well as in their lifelong spiritual formation, and bears witness to the child’s Confirmation.

In order to be a sponsor for Confirmation (or Baptism), Church Law requires that: (1) the sponsor must be at least 14 years of age; (2) have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation, and (3) be practicing Catholics and registered in their parish. This means attendance at Mass each week and regular reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Penance. Persons who do not attend Mass and receive the Sacraments should not be admitted as sponsors. Sponsors must provide a letter or certificate from their parish attesting to this.  

The Church of the Holy Rosary provides Sponsor Certificates only to parishioners who have been active and contributing members of the parish for at least three months prior to requesting a certificate.

For more info please contact the Parish Center — preferably by email at