Religious education is meant to provide a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive and systematic presentation of Catholic beliefs so that students will be knowledgeable about their faith, grow in intimacy with Jesus, and integrate these beliefs and traditions into their personal lives to bring forth the Kingdom of God in the world. The Pope John Middle School Religion Curriculum is based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Paterson Diocese Religion Curriculum Standards. It includes quality characteristics and goals that specify the desired knowledge, Christian life-skills, and values to be achieved. The curriculum standard addresses the following domains: Triune God, Jesus, Church, Worship and Prayer, Sacraments, Scripture, Doctrine, Morality, Bringing forth the Kingdom of God, and Evangelization. All students participate in the Sacrament of Penance, Mass, and prayer services for feast days and other religious observances.