Religious Education

Mrs. Rose Ruesing
Director of Religious Education & Faith Formation

Our Mission

The mission of St. Anastasia’s School of Religious Education is unique. We strive to provide excellence in each child’s spiritual development. The spiritual life is the unifying principle that nourishes and enriches our religion program.

Our Staff

Our Religious Education program is taught by valuable instructors who offer their time, faith and knowledge to serving our community and our children. Our program thrives because of the dedication of the inspiring instructors on our staff. All of our teachers meet the diocesan requirements for catechetical training and faith formation.

Acceptance of Student

St. Anastasia School of Religious Education accepts students for all sacramental preparation including children in grades First through Eighth. Children must be ready to receive religious instruction and our school may not accept children who do not meet certain criteria; e.g., emotional stability or age appropriate social maturity. Our parish is dedicated to meeting the needs of all children and alternative faith formation is offered in these cases.

Children wishing to receive the Sacraments must meet the required standards of the diocese and our school by attending and participating in all of the Sacramental preparations of our formal religious instruction.

Withdrawal of Student

Parents should notify the Religious Education office in writing if a child is withdrawing from our school.


Our school is required to keep adequate records of weekly attendance. When a child is absent from class, a written explanation from the parent is required upon returning. If the child will be out for an extended period of time, parents are required to telephone the Religious Education Office.

Good to perfect attendance is encouraged and will be rewarded.


Students achievement and progress in grades 1 – 8th are evaluated and reported twice a year. Progress reports will be sent home. Parents can arrange to meet with the teacher and Director regarding the progress of their child.

Religious Education Thanksgiving holiday cheer

The Religious Education Program has been busy bringing holiday cheer! For Thanksgiving, the program partnered with a FDNY firehouse in Jamaica to bring Thanksgiving meals to 30 families who use the food pantry at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, Jamaica. Each of our grades was tasked to bring a portion of the meal’s sides: canned vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, dessert. Some of our eighth grade confirmation students from the program and Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy helped in packing the meals into bags for distribution.

Our program also made Christmas and holiday cards with special messages for the residents of Brandywine Senior Living on Little Neck Parkway. The cards were given out at a special performance.

Welcome Director of Faith Formation, Rose!

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Director of Faith Formation, Rose Ruesing.

Rose has taught in our Catholic Schools. She comes to us from a recent background of youth ministry and is presently a member of the Diocesan Confirmation Retreat Team. She has degrees from St. John’s University and is looking forward to working with Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy and the children and parents of our religious education program.

We wish her all the best and assure her of our prayers and support in her new ministry.