Welcome to St. Edward's Pre-K, Kindergarten,

1st, and 3rd-5th Grade Faith Formation

Noreen Hayden, K - 5th Grade Coordinator

Interested in Becoming a Catechist?

Catechists are very special volunteers who meet with our children to share their faith. 

If you are interested in becoming a catechist please contact Noreen Hayden at (518) 371-7372 x233


Outlines and materials are provided for each session.

“On your part, you must make it your constant care to bring them up in the practice of your faith.” (Rite of Baptism for Children)


Parents are the primary teachers of our faith.  We ask that you share your faith with your children, sharing both your spiritual and prayer lives with them.  Families are encouraged to attend Mass weekly. Please pray with your children.  When they enter Pre-K/Kindergarten children should be familiar with the Sign of the Cross and should be working on the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.  All grade levels will practice these prayers during class.  The Apostles’ Creed will be introduced in third grade.


Thank you for entrusting St. Edward's as we assist you in guiding your child throughout their faith journey. Each of our programs is designed to educate and enrich your child's faith life.

Our classes meet approximately twice per month.  Each class includes prayer, stories, discussion, and song. Special events are held in Advent, Ash Wednesday, and Lent.  Families are welcome to attend these events. Each grade level will have a specific theme.  We will review the Liturgical Year, 10 Commandments, Sacraments, and prayers each year. Please see below for information regarding each grade level's focus.

Our volunteer catechists invest their time, energy, and faith to prepare for each class.  While attendance each week is strongly encouraged, we recognize that life can be complicated.  If you cannot attend, please contact me prior to class. 


Description of Programs

Pre K/Kindergarten

Our Pre K/ Kindergarten families are encouraged to participate in our Sunday Family Program held on the first Sunday of the month from September through April. Click here for more information on our Family Program.

First Grade

WHEN:  Tuesdays from 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM

Our first graders will gather and talk about God’s love for us.  The children will learn through stories, activities, and song.


Third Grade

WHEN:  Tuesdays from 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Third graders will break apart the Apostles’ Creed learning the story of our faith.  Children will learn more about their Church community and the roles of the people in the Church.  The Apostles’ Creed is taught using stories and pictures.


Fourth Grade

WHEN:  Wednesdays from 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Fourth graders will learn about the 10 Commandments.  We will begin by “doing the right thing” using role play.  The program will continue with the story of Moses and the 10 Commandments.  Fourth graders will learn how we practice the 10 Commandments in our lives each day.

Fifth Grade

When:  Thursdays from 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

Fifth Grade is all about the Sacraments: What is a Sacrament?  Why do we have Sacraments?  What are the Sacraments?  We will look at each of the Sacraments individually.  The children will share experiences from Sacraments that they have participated in and witnessed.