Religious Education Ministry

Our ministry serves the needs of children in Preschool through High School through formal catechesis, spiritual experiences, Vacation Bible School, Youth Group, RCIA and service projects.

Classes are currently held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Grades 1-8. The Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings.
For more information, see our Vacation Bible School
and Youth Group pages. 

Religious Education News

  • Religious Education Program option Meeting Religious Education Information Meeting:(Summer and Fall Programs) The Religious Education staff will be hosting a parent information meeting on all our RE program choices, including a new summer option. We will also go over the parent portal registration  process and Family life program options.   If you are a new family to RE  or a returning family that needs to review your choices please come to one of our 2 information meetings.   Please note that registration will take place through the parent portal and choices for program, materials and Family life will need to be selected by parents at the time of registration. Meetings will be held on:     Thursday, February 21st at 9 am in the parish hall                                                 Thursday, February ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2019, 12:00 PM by Sue Hodgkiss
  • Teens & Adults needed for RCIA team We are seeking teens & adults to serve as members of the RCIA team. Opportunities include: Team members: The Adult process is looking for people to act as bi-weekly team members for both the catechumens and candidates. A team member helps to provide a welcoming atmosphere and acts as a support for discussion, etc. within the bi-weekly group meeting. Sponsors:Sponsors, who walk with an individual preparing to enter the Catholic Church. The sponsor’s role is to get to know the individual, introduce them into the parish community and stand as witness to the individual’s readiness during the Rite of Acceptance. A sponsor accompanies any candidate seeking admission as a catechumen. Sponsors are persons who have known ...
    Posted Aug 20, 2014, 1:25 PM by Sarah Maris
    Posted Jun 12, 2013, 1:31 PM by Susan Hodgkiss
  • Box Tops for Education We are collecting General Mills Box Tops for Education and Campbells Labels for Education to donate to  Sisters’ Academy in Asbury Park.  The box tops and labels we donate provide important supplies to help serve the educational needs of the children in that area. These labels/UPC codes can be found on not only food products but on household, personal & baby items as well. A complete product list is available in the RE office. All labels can be deposited in the jug near the RE Office.
    Posted Apr 17, 2012, 8:06 PM by The Church of the Nativity
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Religious Education Staff


Mrs. Sue Hodgkiss 732-741-1714 Ext. 20



Mrs. Kristen Hodgkiss Brindley

732-741-1714 Ext. 23


Student Absentee Line     732-741-1714 Ext. 29        

Teacher Absentee Line   732-741-1714 Ext. 20 or 23

Emergency Closing Information  732-741-1714 Ext. 47

Office Hours: 

  RE Staff is on Fall  Office hours

Regular Fall/Winter/Spring Office Hours:

Monday 8am-Noon & 1pm-4pm

Tuesday & Wednesday 1pm-8pm

Thursday 11am-5pm

Friday 8am-Noon & 1-4pm 

Normal business hours (8am-Noon, 1pm-4pm) apply when children are not scheduled to attend Religious Education on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.


Regular Summer Office Hours

Monday - Friday 8am-Noon & 1-3pm

 Summer Hours in effect from Memorial Day through Labor Day

A Letter to Parents of Students in the
Nativity Religious Education Program

Dear Parents,

Imagine for a moment that you pay an entrance fee for your child to participate in a particular sporting program and the child goes to weekly practices but then does not go to the sporting event that the child has prepared for. Time, energy and money spent with no celebration of the child’s accomplishments. 

Imagine for a moment that you pay for weekly singing, dancing, acting, instrumental or art lessons but then the child does not participate in the scheduled recital or exhibit. Time, energy and money spent with no celebration of the child’s accomplishments.

Imagine for a moment that you pay tuition for your child to learn about the Christian faith in the context of the Roman Catholic Church but then the child does not go to the House of the Church to prayerfully celebrate with family and friends the meanings of what the child has learned about the faith. Time, energy and money spent with no celebration of the child’s spiritual formation and enrichment.

It is apparent to me that in any parish there is a noticeable amount of children and families who do not regularly come to celebrate Mass with the faithful on any given weekend. That being so, I have to ask the question. Why do parents send their children to learn about the faith but then do not celebrate that faith frequently in a prayerful way with their children and the entire parish community? Preparing for anything and then not participating in what has been prepared for makes little or no sense and leaves one incomplete, confused or unfulfilled.

Let us encourage each other to join with each other in prayerfully expressing who we are as The Church of the Nativity as we gather at the Lord’s Table to celebrate the presence of Jesus the Christ in the Eucharist and in each of us.