St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Parish, Riviera Beach, MD 8499 Virginia Avenue
Riviera Beach, MD 21122-3097
Parish office: 410-255-4646
Parish fax: 410-437-5191
Religious Ed: 410-255-4646
School: 410-255-4750

Faith Formation for Children and Adults

Enrollment and Re-enrollment for 2017–2018 Religious Ed,
Grades K–8

Enrollment has begun for our exciting new Monthly Enrichment Time (or ME Time). Here are details about the program and the enrollment form.
ME Time FAQs
ME Time Info and Registration form.pdf

The Annunciation by Fra AngelicoThe Religious Education program at St. Jane Frances strives to support parents in their role as primary educator through incorporation of four key ingredients into our program. These ingredients are: message, community, worship, and service.

Together parents, students, catechists, and staff, as a true community, worship our God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—and call each other to serve according to our individual gifts and talents. We are first and foremost a worshipping community. Your family presence at Liturgy speaks louder than words in teaching your children respect for the Commandments, faithfulness to the Church and its traditions, and most certainly love and respect of God. Parents are also strongly encouraged to be a part of our program as Catechists, Aides, support at Retreats, etc.

(Painting: The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, 1433-1434;
Museo Diocesano, Cortona)

Passing On Your Faith to Your Children

The below video addresses one of the biggest challenges facing Catholic parents, families, and parish families alike: passing on the faith to our children. (credit: Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY)

Contact Us

Katie Torrey
Coordinator of Religious Education

Religious Ed Office: 410-255-4646

Office Hours (while Religious Education is in session):
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00pm
Summer Hours: Mon- Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday Sessions: 9:45 am to 11:15 am

How Can You Help?

At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus said:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

Top 10 reasons YOU should become a
Religious Education Teacher:

10. The best way to learn is to teach. If your own faith education ended years ago, the resources and materials you are exposed to as a catechist will surely refresh and expand your own knowledge.

9. Catechists tell the truth. The world needs the message of the Gospel and the way to true happiness; as a catechist, you offer a hungry world that sustenance.

8. Sharing the faith is an honor. It's estimated that less than 1 percent of Catholics are catechists.

7. Your own faith will come alive. As a catechist, you will discover that prayer, liturgy and your own relationship with God will become more vibrant and meaningful.

6. You become an active part of the most active part of your parish. When you join the catechists in your parish, you enter into a community that will support you on your faith journey, pray for and with you and encourage you in your Catholic way of life.

5. A catechist is a role model. As a catechist, you get to model behaviors young people might not learn anywhere else.

4. You will be practicing stewardship. Being a catechist is a way of being a good steward by giving a bit of your most precious resource -- your time.

3. You show your own family that you value religious education. Taking time out of your life to teach the faith shows your own children, grandchildren, siblings and family members that you put a high priority on religious education.

2. It's fun. Kids remind adults to live and laugh in the moment and get enthused about things like holy days and stories of saints.

1. It's what we are called to do.

At the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus said:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”



How can YOU help?

Katie Torrey
Coordinator of
Religious Education

Religious Ed Office:
410-255-4646 x1416

Office Hours
(while Religious Education
is in session):
Mon.-Thurs 9:00am-5:00pm

Summer Hours:
Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-5:00pm

Sunday Sessions:
9:45 am to 11:15 am


Adult Faith Formation

The pursuit of a relationship with Jesus is a life-long work of grace and perseverance. Here at St. Jane Frances, adults are encouraged to seek the companionship of parish friends who follow Christ through the life of his universal Church and often pursue these timeless practices:

  • Frequent reception of the sacraments
  • Adoration
  • Daily readings
  • The rosary
  • Continuing education
  • Spiritual reading


The Faith Of Our Fathers by James Cardinal Gibbons: FREE Kindle EditionFREE eBook! The Faith Of Our Fathers

Ever wanted to know more about Catholicism or had difficulty explaining your Catholic faith to family and friends? The Faith of Our Fathers: A Plain Exposition and Vindication of the Church Founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ is a book first published in 1876 by James Cardinal Gibbons, former Archbishop of Baltimore. With over 118 printings, it is perhaps the most successful book for explaining the basic tenets of the Catholic faith and why we hold them. It delves into the historical background of virtually everything people find hard to understand about Catholicism, such as priestly celibacy, sacred images, the Church and the Bible, the primacy of Peter, Communion under one kind, invocation of the saints, etc. Written for mixed Protestant and Catholic congregations in North Carolina and Virginia, it is accommodating to people of all faiths. The Faith of Our Fathers will confirm one's faith in the truth of the Catholic Church like no other and will educate the reader to answer the questions so often posed by skeptics and unbelievers. The best thing is, it is readliy available for FREE via the internet. Download your free copy at one of the sources below!

FREE Kindle Edition (retypeset and easily legible)
FREE Google eBook edition (digitized pages of the 63rd edition, circa 1917)
Other FREE formats via the Gutenberg Project (including HTML, PDF, and more)


Adult Faith Formation Links

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (Arch. of Baltimore) RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and it is the process through which persons - adults and children - join or complete their initiation into the Catholic Church. Other on-line resources

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