Faith Formation

Religious Education is concerned with structuring an environment in such a way that people become intimately linked to the experience, wisdom, and tacit knowledge with others for the purpose of future religious development.

The Religious Education curriculum in the church is the congregation gathering in community, worship, teaching, proclamation, and service. Its goal is the faith formation and the teaching on how to live religiously by means of spiritual practices rooted in our Christian tradition.


  • Provides programs that promotes the spiritual life and growth for the faithful
  • Assists in the formation of educational and spiritual leadership.
  • Provides ongoing faith formation for children, adolescents, young adults and adults.
  • Provides inter-ministerial and inter-generational events to grow in faith together.
  • Provides a process designed for those interested in learning about the Catholic faith: Unbaptized, Baptized in another tradition, Baptized Catholic, but with no further religious training or sacraments, and Catholics who would like to learn more about their faith.

Faith Formation seeks to help individuals:

Who are interested in learning about the Catholic faith, the unbaptized, baptized in another tradition, Baptized Catholic; but with no further religious training or sacraments, and Catholics who would like to learn more about their faith.

  • Grow in their relationship with God
  • Live as disciples of Jesus at home, at work, in the community, and in the world
  • Develop an understanding of the Bible and their faith tradition
  • Deepen their spiritual life and practices
  • Engage in service and mission to the world
  • Participate in the life and ministries of their faith community

Faith formation immerses people into the particular practices and particular way of life that identifies them as followers of Jesus.


Grades K Through 12

Our program prepares students for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students are provided the opportunity to come together and learn more about their faith with their peers as a church community.

Learning about one’s faith is a life-long journey. We aim to be a community supporting one another on the journey together.

At the Basilica of Regina Pacis, faith formation is a commitment. After the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, students are strongly encouraged to continue attending classes until the Sacrament of Confirmation. Once fully initiated in the Catholic faith our students are ready to be adult members of the Church Community.

Classes are offered at the Basilica for students in all grades on Sunday mornings.

Session I:
Levels1-5 meet Sundays from 9:00am - 10:30am and attend the 10:30am Mass

Session II:
Levels JH1-3 meet Sundays from 10:30am – 12:00pm and attend the 12:00pm Mass.

We invite you to visit, call, or email, and ask any questions you may have.

Contact us at: Mrs. Tepedino - reginapacisfaith@gmail.com or call 347-560-6876

Registration is open throughout the year.

If you are a parishioner who would like to volunteer your time in any way it is required that you take a safety course. Every volunteer within a parish who participates in any activity, especially with children and teenagers, must be trained in the VIRTUS program.

The VIRTUS program is a free course offered through the Diocese of Brooklyn.

For a list of sessions being offered please visit: virtus.org.

Here are some useful steps to follow:
select FIRST-TIME REGISTRANT
select View a list of sessions.
select Brooklyn, NY (Diocese)
choose a convenient site

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Are you a visitor to the Church who's not Catholic but feels drawn to the Faith?

Are you a baptized Catholic who's never received Communion or Confirmation?

Are you a Catholic who just wants to know more about the Faith?

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a unique process of initiation, formation and spiritual growth. R.C.I.A. sessions include the presentation of faith lessons and group discussion in an informal atmosphere that encourages questions and individual reflection. Weekly sessions include discussions about the Catholic faith, scripture and faith-sharing.

The highlight of this program is at the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil and culminates in the development of living one's life as a Catholic Christian.

The goals of the process are:

  • To welcome non-Catholics who have been drawn to the faith of the Catholic Church.
  • To prepare non-Catholic adults who desire to receive the initiation Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • To provide an adult-oriented understanding and experience of the Faith.
  • To build community that stresses prayerful decisions and participation, acting as a bridge to participation in the broader parish community.
  • Above all, to foster in all who attend - Catholic and non-Catholic alike, a living relationship with the person of Jesus Christ.

Arise Together in Christ

ARISE Together in Christ is a pastoral offering for evangelization and spiritual renewal, that, over five seasons, unfolds the standards of Christ as they apply to all areas of life. Its scripturally grounded content emphasizes people living in good relationship with one another as they make concrete applications of the Gospel to their life situation.

The Goals of the ARISE process:

  • Teaching and witnessing to the Word of God in Sacred Scripture
  • Developing vibrant communities of faith and service
  • Implementing a strategy for adult faith formation
  • Providing concrete and practical means of evangelization
  • Enhancing the celebration of Sunday liturgy
  • Developing ongoing small communities

Regina Pacis Youth VolunTeens

The Regina Pacis Youth VolunTeens program is made up of a dedicated group of young Catholics who wish to grow closer to God, the church, and each other.

Discussions and meetings are led by Msgr. Ronald Marino.

Are you a teenager and looking to get involved?

Here are Ways to Volunteer:

  1. At Worship (Readers, Ushers, Music, Senior Services)
  2. Physical Work maintaining the beauty of the Church (painting, cleaning, organizing)
  3. Charitable Work  (helping others)

The program also hosts many trips and activities within the parish and in nearby locations.


Overview of the Program:

The Regina Pacis Youth VolunTeens program is a youth group we have formed which promises to be educational, recreational, charitable, and personally important to each one. Members will participate in discussion sessions, help us in projects to maintain the Basilica, perform works of charity for others--especially teens in need-- go on outings together and learn from each other.

This group is led by Msgr. Marino and Father Nicholas. We meet every two weeks on Sunday after the 12:00Noon Mass in the Basilica Conference Center.

To join, simply send an e-mail to Msgr. Marino at ronaldmarino1234@gmail.com or Father Nicholas at fr.nicholasapollonio@gmail.com. It should contain your name, address, cell # and email address.


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