Religious Education & Youth Ministry

Religious Education

The religious education program at St. Leo the Great Parish is intended to provide systematic formation in the faith for those in grades 1-10. This instruction along with participation at weekend Mass and faith formation in the home has the goal of leading our young people to a deeper relationship with God and the Church in a family context.  

  •  Sacramental preparation is provided for children making their First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation. 
  • Saturday morning classes are offered for those in grades 1-6. These classes meet roughly every other week on Saturday mornings from 9 AM- 10:30 AM
  • Tuesday evening classes are offered for those in grades 7-10. These classes meet roughly every other week on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM.
  • We also offer an At-Home program in which the young people work on assignments during the month, and then meet once a month on Sundays from 10:35-11:35 AM for grades 1-6 and 12:05-1:20 PM for grades 7-10. Parents stay with their children during these sessions.
  • Inquire about special programming for ages 3-5 with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. 

There are a few additional Faith Formation Special Events by grade level for parents and their children throughout the year, as well as additional activities for those preparing to receive Sacraments.

Ask about our weekly youth group for Gr. 6-10 – the St. Leo the Great Contenders – with games, snacks, fellowship, service, and faith development. 

For additional information on St. Leo’s religious education program, please contact: 

Mr. Michael Ruszala, M.A. (Theology & Christian Ministry) 

Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation & Evangelization
835-8905 x 12



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Religious Ed. Calendar and Tuition


2021-22 Registration for Pre-K through Gr. 10 Religious Education (now including Good Shepherd program for ages 3-5)

Religious Education Calendar 2021-22


Tuition info

  • Parishioner Fee for Gr. 1-10: $60 for one child, $100 for two, $140 for three or more
  • Non-parishioner Fee for Gr. 1-10: $90 per child
  • Good Shepherd Program for Ages 3-5: $30 per family
  • Full or partial financial need waiver available by request

Gr. 1-10 Religious Education 2021-22



Catechist / Teacher


At-Home / Sunday Program Gr. 1-6 & Gr. 7-10

Parents & Mr. Michael Ruszala

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Gr. 1 Saturdays

Mrs. Suzanne Priore

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Gr. 2 Saturdays

Mrs. Fran Crimi

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Gr. 3 Saturdays

Mrs. Melissa Jacobs

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Gr. 4 Saturdays

Mr. Bill Vaughan

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Gr. 5-6 Saturdays

Mrs. Linh Nguyen

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Gr. 7 Tuesdays

Ms. Lyn Grandits

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Gr. 8 Tuesdays

Mrs. Carol Wojtkowski

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Gr. 9 Tuesdays

Mrs. Felice Bumbaco

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Gr. 10 Tuesdays

Mr. Joe McCarthy

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Updated COVID-19 Policies (9/9/21)

We are committed to keeping our kids, teachers, and families safe!

Protocols for Tuesday & Saturday Classes (for now, until conditions improve, and NOT including the parent / student / teacher meetings in church)

  • Class BagsMasks are required regardless of vaccination status. Classes are encouraged to take outdoor mask breaks when possible.
  • Contactless temperature checkpoint at entry to building (Door #4).
  • Staggered class times (5-min offset to be announced to promote social distancing in the hallway.
  • Sanitizing protocols will be in place.

Protocols for At-Home / Sunday Program

  • Facility is large and well-ventilated
  • Masks required. Vaccinated persons may remove masks while seated. We do not check vaccination status.
  • Sanitizing protocols will be in place.