Religious Education

Religious Education

The Church of the Magdalene offers two parish-based programs for the catechesis of Catholic children:

1. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS), a Montessori-based program, an ungraded program for children ages 5-13.

2. Traditional academic classroom-based religious education program (RE), for
children in grades 2–8. All first graders will be in Level I of the Good Shepherd Program.

 Both programs offer sacramental preparation and follow archdiocesan guidelines.
While the programs differ in method and approach, their focus is the same: to provide
a loving, caring, disciplined environment that nurtures the fruitful development of the young Christian personality. Children who enroll in either program are expected to complete the full course of study. It is not permitted to enroll only in the year a sacrament is to be received.

 Parents are welcome to contact the Director with questions or to discuss which program would be better suited to their child.  Since each program has its own curriculum and thematic development, switching between the programs after 1st grade/age 6 is discouraged, but permitted under certain circumstances.

For information, please call Maria Crisafi, Director of Religious Education at 914-552-7628 or email at