Faith Formation for Children

Our children’s faith formation begins with kindergarten and goes on until their tenth grade of high school. Our Sunday School runs from 10:40-11:30 on Sunday mornings during the normal school year. The goal of this program is to give our young ones a firm background in their Catholic faith and to prepare them for receiving the Sacraments of the Church, particularly First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.

Students must begin at least in first grade in order to prepare for receiving First Communion in the spring of second grade. Students must also begin Confirmation classes in ninth grade to receive that sacrament in the spring of tenth grade.

Sunday School Program

Sunday School runs from September to May from 10:40-11:30 at Saint Patrick’s. Please contact the Rectory for more information. Below, our scope and sequence for the program can be found.

Kindergarten: God’s Love and His Gifts
First Grade: Sunday Worship and Church Community
Second Grade: Forgiveness and Eucharist
Third Grade: Church (as One, Holy, Catholic, & Apostolic)
Fourth Grade: Living as God and What the Church Teaches
Fifth Grade: Sacraments
Sixth Grade: Old Testament
Seventh Grade: Jesus Teaches Us How to Live and His Passion, Death, & Resurrection
Eighth Grade: The Church’s Beginning
Ninth Grade: Morality, Service, and Church
Tenth Grade: Confirmation

To enroll your child please call or text the faith formation office at 607-797-3304 or email our Director of Faith Formation at

 Vacation Bible School 2022

Totus Tuus

We are happy to announce that Totus Tuus will be offered in 2022!
Our Lady of Sorrows, Vestal,  July 10th – 15th, 2022

Children going into 1st – 6th grade are invited to attend the Day Program at Totus Tuus held Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm. The Day program combines solid teaching in the Catholic faith with fun activities to create a joyful and engaging program.

Youth heading into 7th – 12th grade are invited to attend the Evening Program at Totus Tuus held Sunday – Thursday 7:00pm – 9pm. Fun games, faith testimonies, small group discussion, short lessons, prayer and fellowship make these evening fly by but with meaning.

To register, go to:; use code: 209

Vacation Bible School at St. James! July 25-29, 2022, 9:00am-noon.


Go off-road for a MONUMENTAL adventure in the colorful and sunbaked trails of the Southwest!

For more information, please contact Renee Davis at (607)729-6147.


Children entering grades K-5 are invited to participate.

Children entering grades 6 and up are invited to volunteer.




Our Rites of Christian Initiation for Children program is offered to those children who did not receive the Sacraments in typical sequence and timing. We welcome all into our Church, especially the young. This program will offer training and background prior to the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation). Please contact St. Patrick’s Church: (607)722-1060, or St. Thomas Aquinas Church: (607)797-4015.

CSBC – Catholic Schools of Broome County: Faith. Family. Academic Excellence.

We invite all parishioners to consider enrolling their children in the preK-12 programs in Broome County. The three elementary schools (All Saints: Endicott; St. James: Johnson City; and St. John’s: Binghamton) accept students until sixth grade. Seton Catholic Central on Binghamton’s Westside offers classes to grades 7 – 12.

The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Syracuse carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, bearing witness while proclaiming the Gospel message. Together with families and parishes, our schools provide an education rooted in the Gospel that is “living, conscious and active” including values and ideals that are in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. To learn more about Catholic education in Broome County, visit

The Catholic Schools of Broome County welcomes you to consider your child’s academic career a success story waiting to be written. Consider the possibilities and potential waiting to be realized atone of Broome County’s four Catholic schools. The Catholic Schools of Broome County welcome qualified students without regard to race, gender, national or ethnic origin or religion. Contact Director of Admissions & Enrollment Mr. John Kiereck email: or phone: 607-748-7423 Ext. 3.