In the broadest sense, education includes all those experiences by which intelligence is developed, knowledge acquired, and character formed. … The child is born with latent capacities which must be developed so as to fit him for the activities and duties of life. The meaning of life, therefore, of its purposes and values as understood by the educator, primarily determines the nature of his work. Education aims at an ideal, and this in turn depends on the view that is taken of man and his destiny, of his relations to God, to his fellowmen, and to the physical world. The content of education is furnished by the previous acquisition of mankind in literature, art, and science, in moral, social, and religious principles…. Teaching must be adapted to the needs of the developing mind, and the endeavour to make the adaption more thorough results in theories and methods which are, or should be, based on the findings of biology, physiology, and psychology. (1913 Catholic Encyclopedia)

The Church is bound as a mother to give to these children of hers an education by which their whole life can be imbued with the spirit of Christ. (Declaration on Christian Education - Vatican II)

It is necessary not only that religious instruction be given to the young at certain fixed times, but also that every other subject taught, be permeated with Christian piety. If this is wanting, if this sacred atmosphere does not pervade and warm the hearts of masters and scholars alike, little good can be expected from any kind of learning, and considerable harm will often be the consequence. (Leo XIII, Militantis Ecclesiae)

St. Gertrude’s Preschool Program - Website - Email

St. Gertrude’s Preschool prides itself on our commitment to the young child.  As we strive to offer them an environment and curriculum that is creative and enjoyable; while offering them opportunities for growth and stimulation in all areas of their young development.

Our staff is highly qualified and trained in the area of early childhood education.  It is their goal to make your child’s first preschool experience one that they and yourself will remember for years to come.

As a Catholic preschool, we strive to share our faith with these young children.  Through songs, simple prayers and frequent visits to the church; we try to familiarize the children with their faith.

Director: Tina Mihaltes

Telephone Nos: (516) 628 – 3710

Religious Education

                       Mr. Joseph DiMarius     -    Director Religious Ed. Grades 1 - 8 - Email Address  

Telephone No. (516) 628 – 2432   

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM  


Dear Parents,

I wanted to take this opportunity to go over a few of the procedures for the children. 

1. I would ask that the students only enter and exit through the doors nearest the Religious Education Office. This will make it much easier to keep the building secure.

2. No one is to enter a classroom until the catechist is present.

3. Students in grade 1-4 must be picked up by an adult or someone over 16. If the person picking up is not the legal guardian – I must have a note that clearly states this. If there is a custody situation and someone cannot pick up a student, please let me know immediately.

4. Children will receive their books in class the first day. They are asked to bring something to write with and a folder each week. 

5. If you need to pick your child up prior to the end of class, please write a note and send it in with the child. No child will be dismissed to the parking lot – someone must come in and sign the child out.

6. There will be a meeting for all eighth graders and their parents in October. One parent must attend with the students. At this time the students will get all the information needed for their Confirmation preparation.

7. There is a Diocesan policy in place that says there is no food permitted at any time in the classrooms. I appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

8. Most of the communication from the office will happen through email. If you do not have email, please check the bulletin each week for notices and messages.

9. Most importantly, please take your children to Mass each weekend. The catechists are wonderful, faith filled individuals, but they cannot do it all. The religious instruction the children receive is supposed to work ALONGSIDE (not instead of) Mass attendance and the faith formation received in the home. To those that have made Mass attendance a priority, I applaud you. I know we live in a very busy world and there are many interruptions; however, placing God first in your lives will surely have its rewards for you and your children.


Please Click on the choices below (WORD Doc or PDF Format) to view or print the Forms:


Registration, Information and Policies and Procedures (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)

Confirmation Information Sheet (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)

Requirements of Sponsors 2017 (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)

Testimony of Sponsors 2017 (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)

Community Service Log (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)

Mass Reflection Form (PDF File) / (WORD Doc)


Religious Education Teachers

Teachers, Hall Monitors and Substitutes are needed for the 2016 - 2017 Religious Education school year. This is your opportunity to share your Time and Talent in our Parish Stewardship program and give back to St. Gertrude’s.  If you are interested in any of the above positions, please call (516) 628 - 2432 or check off the "Faith Formation" box on our Blue Stewardship form.