"Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for our children. They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are the first educators, or catechists. They catechize primarily by the witness of their Christian lives and by their love for the faith. One way that parents communicate Christian values and attitudes to their children is by loving each other within the context of a Christian marriage and their love for Christ and his Church. Their participation in the life of the parish--above all Sunday Eucharist--their willingness to evangelize and serve others, and their dedication to daily prayer demonstrate the authenticity of their profession of faith." -- National Directory for Catechesis, 54C, USCCB
The Role of the Parish
Each parish in the Diocese of Trenton provides a Religious Education Program which is overseen by the pastor and the parish catechetical leader. Many other parish members serve as catechists and perform other duties critical to the administration of the program. In addition, each member of the parish serves as a witness to those being formed in the faith.
Policies regarding sacramental preparation are based on the Sacrament Guidelines established by the Diocese of Trenton and supervised by the pastor and catechetical leader of each parish.