Religious Education

  • Family Faith Program
    Please read more about our Family Faith Program below.
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A)
    is an orientation and formation program for adults interested in becoming Catholic. This program begins every fall and culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass in the spring. If you are seeking answers to the faith or information regarding this program, please call the parish office at (718) 625-1177.
  • Adult Faith Formation
    The parish conducts regular classes, prayer groups and Bible study over Zoom for those who would like to enrich their knowledge about the Catholic faith. Please contact the Rectory at [email protected] or call (718) 625-1177 to join.



The mission of the Family Faith Program of St. Charles Borromeo Church is to proclaim to our children and their families the knowledge of the love of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to encourage prayer and a personal relationship with Christ, and to present the teachings of the Catholic faith.  It is our hope that our students will develop a committed relationship with Jesus Christ and that through their active participation in our program, our students and their parents will become more faith-filled, more committed, and more involved Catholic Christians.


Our program is centered on the Eucharist and begins each Sunday with the 9 AM Family Mass. Following the Liturgy, classes are held in the Mary McDowell School building, lasting approximately one hour. Our catechists are all volunteers, sacrificing their time, energy, and resources to plan lessons and create an environment where the children can learn about their faith and enjoy fellowship. We teach the Catholic faith using a curriculum rich in Scripture content and based on the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” and other Church doctrines – the Loyola Press “Christ Our Life” series. Through family and parish participation in the spiritual development of our children, we hope to nurture faith, hope, and love in our students and relate God’s message to their lives.


Students are prepared for their First Holy Communion and Reconciliation in their second year of religious instruction (usually the second grade). The curriculum of the seventh and eighth grades begins the immediate preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.


Parents are the primary religious educators of their children. What an awesome responsibility! Our role as catechists is to help our parents meet their solemn obligation. Our expectation in the Family Faith Program, therefore, is that all of our parents will become immersed with their children in on-going faith formation. Parents are urged to set aside time each week to review and supervise if necessary, the materials presented in class each week, to oversee any at-home projects, to share with their children the basic Catholic prayers and to communicate regularly with their child’s catechist. The children should be encouraged to participate and engage with enthusiasm in the class learning and activities. Family participation strengthens our parish community and sends a message to the children that faith is essential in our lives.


Our address – St. Charles Borromeo Church, 31 Sidney Place, Brooklyn Heights, New York 11201

Office phone – (718) 625-1177        Email –  [email protected]

Tuition is $100 per student. Additional class fee of $25 for First Communion, $50 for Confirmation.

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For further information please contact Dawn Hewitt at [email protected].