Religious Education


At the Church of the Holy Rosary, religious education — or CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) as it is commonly known — begins in the first grade and concludes after the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the ninth grade. Our classes run from October until May. However, we have “rolling registration” at Holy Rosary, so you can generally register your child for CCD after the official start date (to be announced).

CCD classes for the 2021-2022 term will start in the fall. Please check back here in August for information on registration for the new term.

The Religious Education program is designed and maintained under the direction of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

If your child is being registered for the first time, you must also include a COPY of the child’s Baptismal Certificate.

At the Church of the Holy Rosary, we believe that 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. Therefore, CCD students must 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.

You must click HERE to read the Digital Communication Policy of the Archdiocese of Newark in order to proceed with CCD registration.

The Sacraments: First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation

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. Preparation for reception of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation involves instruction throughout the Religious Education program.

Confirmation instruction requires attendance in sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The eighth grade is the year prior to the reception of the Sacrament. Confirmation is celebrated in the Fall of ninth grade.

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