Religious Education Department

Phone: 675-3714               674-2793 FAX

Life Teen: 775-QHYM



Monday - Friday
    9:30am - 3:30pm

Monday Evening
(no evening hours during June, July & August)

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Saturday Morning
(no Saturday hours during June, July & August)
   9:30am - 11:30am


Religious Ed staff:        July:  office closed.
                                                              August: office opens the second Tuesday
August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 - 1:00
regular hours resume the last Monday in August.
Please call the office before visiting to be sure we are there, in case we are at meetings outside of our office or off the parish grounds.

       Life Teen staff: hours vary; please call before stopping in outside of     Religious Ed office hours.


Mrs. Barbara Maloney

Primary Level Coordinator
Mrs. Elaine Kishbaugh

Youth Minister/Life Teen Coordinator
Ms. Betsy Amico

Mrs. Sheila Thie

Please feel free to contact the office with questions or concerns regarding any area of our programming or you and your familiesí faith formation.  We are available by phone, email, or personal visit.  If you wish to visit the office, it would be to your benefit to call first and make sure someone will be in the office when you intend to come by.

If you call during office hours and get our answering machine, please leave a message and one of us will return your call as quickly as possible.  We often have meetings, programs, liturgies or special events that take us out of the office during business hours.   

Queen of Heaven Parish offers religious instruction classes during the school year for the parish children who do not receive religious instruction in their school.  Classes are provided for students in kindergarten through grade ten. These classes and programs are one formal way to support the faith of children; families bear the primary responsibility to share faith with their children.  

We offer a summer program for grades 6 through 10 in cooperation with Blessed John the XXIII and 14 Holy Helpers.  This is an intensive week long program that encompasses the entire curriculum that is required by the Diocese of Buffalo.   This program usually takes place immediately after school ends in June.     

We are particularly delighted that we have Life Teen to offer to our high school youth and EDGE to offer our middle school children, as another option. Life Teen meets on Sunday evenings starting with 6:30 Mass.  The evening continues after Mass until about 9:30 with a session downstairs in the church hall.  EDGE meets on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30 at St. John Vianney (on Southwestern Blvd. OP).  Regular sessions run from September through mid-December and start again in mid-January and continue into May.  There are optional summer activities as well.  Check out the Life Teen/EDGE page for more information or contact our Youth Minister, Ms. Betsy Amico at or 775-QHYM or the Religious Education office at 675-3714.   

Our parish also offers the option the option of a Family Catechesis Program that meets once a month on Sunday between the 8:00 and 11:15 Masses.  This type of program benefits families who prefer to further their faith formation together instead of having the children attend a separate program.  It is also helpful for those who have children in the traditional programs that all meet on separate days.  Queen of Heaven presently uses a variation of the Generations of Faith series for their family program.  At the present time, Father Dan Serbecki is the facilitator of the Family Program.                                                                 
The Religious Education Department coordinates separate sacramental preparation programs that are offered for all Queen of Heaven Parish children & teens who wish to prepare to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation,  Eucharist, and Confirmation, respectively.

The Rite of Christian Initiation is offered for individuals wishing to become members of the Catholic faith or receive the sacraments outside of the traditional age/grade levels.  Father Dan Serbecki coordinates the R.C.I.A. process for adults and Mrs. Maloney for children.  Inquiries can be directed to the appropriate person.

Areas of responsibilities:  As Director of Religious Education for Queen of Heaven Parish Mrs. Maloney is responsible for all faith formation programs in the parish, although her main focus is the Religious Education Program itself. 

Mrs. Maloney is directly responsible for all areas of the Religious Education program for grades seven through ten and the Confirmation process for grade eleven, as well as coordinating the Family Catechesis program.  Along with these responsibilities, Mrs. Maloney is the oversight person for the primary level religious education and sacramental preparation programs.

Mrs. Kishbaugh is directly responsible for the religious education program for the primary grades K - 6, and coordinating the primary sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Ms. Amico is responsible for the Life Teen, EDGE, College, and Young Adult programs and other aspects of Youth Ministry.  Betsy is also an integral pat of the parish Confirmation preparation process.

Mrs. Thie is the secretary for all areas of the Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation programs for the parish.  She maintains the database for these programs and is responsible for all correspondence and record keeping.  Mrs. Thie is a daily presence in the Religious Education office.

UPDATED May 31, 2014
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