Faith Formation is an important part
of the ministry of the Word here at the Church of Saint
Anastasia in Teaneck, NJ. We are a people dedicated and
committed to bringing the Good News of Jesus to children and
Formation for Children - Faith Formation Classes
for Adults – RCIA
Faith Formation for Children
For children in Grades 1 through grade 9 attending public or private
school, (Kindergarten is also available on an optional basis), we
offer Faith Formation classes. As part of this program, children are
prepared to receive the sacraments, Reconciliation and Eucharist in
grade 2 and Confirmation in grade 9.
Our sessions are led by catechists, we call them catechists because
they do more than just teach about the faith, they catechize. This
means they try to help their groups learn to live their faith, by
praying, by recognizing the importance of worship and by putting
love of God and neighbor into practice in their daily lives. This is
a far different activity than asking children to memorize answers
from a catechism as was done many years ago. We do however, ask
children to learn certain basics, such as prayers, the law of love
and the Commandments. Much more time is spent on reading and
discussing the bible stories, the sacraments, the church, and
morality and how these things can help us to find happiness in our
everyday lives as God intends.
In summary we try to help our students understand that they are
being formed in their faith by making a connection between their
religious education and their weekend Liturgy.
For information, please contact the Faith Formation office at
201-837-3356 or email us:
sure that we have your updated contact information.
2015-16 program information sheets
can be downloaded here.
calendar can be downloaded here
Download forms on the "FORMS" button.
RCIA: Rite of
Who is The R.C.I.A. for?
1. Any adult not yet baptized who wishes to become a Catholic,
2. Any adult baptized in another Christian faith who wishes
to become Catholic,
3. Any adult baptized Catholic who has not yet received and
celebrated Eucharist and Confirmation and wishes to do so.
How long does the Process Take?
It depends on the individual need, usually one to two years with the
reception of sacraments at the Easter Vigil.
What Are The Stages of R.C.I.A.?
During this time Inquirers are able to reflect on their lives in
light of the message of Christianity. This is a time to ask
questions about Christ and the Church.
• Instruction and Formation:
With the help of a sponsor and members of the parish you
experience the church as a community of the faithful: its
spirit, work, prayer, creed and mission.
• Sacraments of Initiation:
Baptism and/or Eucharist and/or Confirmation are
received in a very joyful celebration at our Easter Vigil
For more information, please call Sr. Adrienne at
registration form on the "FORMS" button.