The Religious Education Program oversees the faith formation of adults and children in the parish.
The Catholic Church has always regarded instructing the children in the faith as being central to her mission to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations (Matthew 28:19). She also sees the parents/guardians as the first faith teachers of their children (Ephesians 6:4).
Our goal in the Religious Education Program is to reach out to the entire family—parents/guardians as well as children, those who’ve already received the sacraments as well as the uncatechized.
With this goal in mind, CCD classes are offered during the school year to students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For families who have difficulty attending classes on Monday nights, a homeschooling program is available. For details, contact Religious Education Director Louis Bosco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-935-1160.
To sign up for classes, click here for the Online Religious Education CCD Form
RCIA—the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults— is available for adults who are not baptized or in full communion with the Catholic Church. Sessions are held annually to instruct them on having a fuller Christian life in the Catholic Church.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children—known as RCIC—is the equivalent program for children over 7 years of age who have not been baptized or received Holy Communion.
The program usually begins in the fall and culminates at the Easter Vigil Mass. Please inquire about either program by calling the parish office at 724-935-1151 or emailing email@example.com.
In addition, there is an ongoing need for adult parishioners to serve as RCIA/RCIC ministry members. Please contact Father Peter Murphy for more information or to volunteer. Click here for more information.
Adult Faith Formation—Monday Evening Study
An evening Bible / Scripture study is held approximately two times each year. The length of the study varies as do the topics. The study meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday evenings for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. The sessions typically last from eight to 16 weeks. Past topics include The Gospel of John; 7 Deadly Sins / 7 Lively Virtues; The Mass; Oremus—Let Us Pray.
Contact: Kathy Stripay at 724-933-7308
Adult Faith Formation—Tuesday Morning Scripture Study
This group meets Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Swinderman Road in Wexford. Past topics include Catholicism and a scripture study on the Letter of St James. Each session begins with a DVD teaching format, followed by participants joining in small groups to discuss the reading material and homework. The study starts on the first Tuesday after Harvest Home, which is the second Sunday in September. There are typically two semesters, each lasting 10 weeks. The study concludes in April. Registration begins in the summer. The cost of the program is about $30 per semester. Child care is provided.
Contact: Debbie Farrell at 724-814-1258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
An important part of our mission to teach the faith to our children is Vacation Church & Bible Camp. The camp is offered for one week every summer, and features puppet shows, pony rides, outdoor games, crafts, snacks, and music, all designed to help the children grow closer to Jesus and His Church. Registration is open to children from kindergarten through sixth grade. We also need adult and teen volunteers. Click here for more information.