St. Francis of Assisi of Bridgeport
St. Mary of the Assumption of Minoa & St. Matthew of East Syracuse

Grades 1-6

Grades 1-6 is a complete program to help our youth learn and explore their faith. We use the most comprehensive and effective catechetical programs available. 

Every year at each grade level we cover:

  • Doctrinal lessons on the pillars of our faith
  • Scripture which encourages them to read the Bible
  • Traditions and rituals
  • Sacrament theology
  • Liturgical life of the church
  • Prayers

First Eucharist

First Eucharist is a 2 year program -

Grade 1 is the first year of Prep 

Grade 2 First Eucharist is celebrated - includes first penance 
Child must be at least 7 years of age

The preparation for this sacrament should help each child to develop:

  • Some knowledge of God as Creator, Jesus as God’s son, the Holy Spirit as giver of gifts.
  • Some knowledge of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus
  • Ability to understand consecration
  • To understand their part in the parish life community
  • To understand the Jesus’ Body and Blood after consecration is under the appearance of bread and wine.
  • Adults receive First Eucharist during the Easter Vigil services after completing the R.C.I.A. process.

Dear Parents:
We hope this email finds you, and your families, healthy, safe, and enjoying summer. Thank you for your patience as we get ready for the 2020-2021 Faith Formation program. Normally we would have the Registration Forms out by now, as we all know, we are not in normal times. With schools getting ready to start the new year shortly, we have decided to delay the start of Faith Formation until the week starting October 18th (tentatively) . After being away from the classroom since March, we felt there needed to be a readjustment period and it would allow the children/teens time to get familiar with the new norm. This will also allow us to see what takes place the first couple of weeks in our public schools.

We are carefully evaluating are options at St. Mary’s Parish Center with respect to on-site classes, this is our hope but we are keeping options open for remote learning or home school lessons.  The plan at this time is to hold the classes in the St. Mary’s Parish Center but our first priority is the health and safety of our children, teens and Catechists. We will be working on the class rooms and our procedures that we will need to put in place to meet the Covid-19 Regulations as it is laid out by the Diocese.

We are in the final revisions for the registration form and will have them out shortly, please fill them out and return them to the parish office at 229 W. Yates St. – East Syracuse, NY 13057. As we have in the past, please fill out one registration for each child.

We are looking for volunteers to help with teaching classes, teachers aids and hall monitors, Ideally, we would like to form a committee of volunteers so that would allow us to use volunteers on a rotating schedule so that you do not have to be there every week. If you would like to volunteer please contact me either via email, text (include your name) or phone call. All volunteers are required to take the Safe Environment class to work with our children/teens. All our staff, volunteers and clergy are required by the Diocese to take the Safe Environment program, which requires that they participate in training, background checks and reference checks. I am proud to say that our three Tri-Parishes of St. Francis, St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s is hard at work to ensure the safety of our children/teens.

Finally, one major change this year is that we are going to incorporate the use of Flocknote as new communication tool for the Faith Formation program. Flocknote is a program design just for church organizations with quick and easy communication while protecting your identity. It gives a better way to communicate quickly and allows better tools for remote teaching. I will send you instructions on how to join Flocknote for Faith Formation program once I get the details worked out.

Thank you all and God Bless


Gary Krajacic
Faith Formation Director
St. Francis,St. Mary’s and St. Matthew Faith Community
Mailing Address: 229 W. Yates St. – East Syracuse, NY 13057
Phone: Cell 315-254-9804
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