For our non-Catholic members and those interested in becoming Catholic, we offer educational programs and classes to inform you and make you feel at ease in this process. The RCIA program is designed for non-Catholic adults who are interested in joining the Catholic Church while CCD, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, and Vacation Bible School are educational programs offered to children. Please read below for further information or contact the parish office.
The Rite of Christian Initiation Program (RCIA) is a program that welcomes men and women into the Catholic Church. Every individual is guided by the priest and an RCIA support team through every stage. Members begin by forming a relationship with Jesus Christ and learning about the Catholic Church. RCIA candidates then begin study scripture and gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and beliefs. Candidates may then consult with the priest to receive the initiation sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Once the individual has received these sacraments and has become a member of the universal Catholic Church, a period of reflection takes place.
For those interested in joining the RCIA support team, please see our “Outreach Community Groups” under our “Ministries and Organizations” tab.
Religious formation is a lifelong process. Its purpose is to make a person’s faith become living, conscious and active through the light of instruction. Catechists provide instruction to our students attending public school grades 1-8; prepare them for the sacraments and develop community through prayer and worship among the students and their families. There is also a need to develop a high school education program for the parish. A catechist must be an active, fully-initiated adult and a practicing Catholic. He or she should be a person of prayer, flexibility, relational skills and humor. The Catechist must adhere to all the requirements under the Diocesan Safe Environment Policy. Classes meet on Sunday Mornings from 9:30 – 10:50 AM. There are two retreat/instructional days held on Saturdays. Please call the Religious Education Office at (412) 672-0913 to find out more.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
During every 11:00 AM Sunday mass from August until May, young children have the opportunity to have the weekly readings and Gospel explained in easier terms that they will understand. Before the first reading is read, Father calls all children to be led by a religious education leader to one of the adjoining classrooms where the leader will read and explain the message of the Sunday Gospel. Children are brought back into the church after the homily during the petitions. Volunteers are always welcomes. Call the parish office at (412) 672-9641 to learn more.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week-long summer program which provides faith formation for children from pre-school to fourth grade. Children learn to apply biblical and church teachings to their lives through instruction, skits, music, crafts, and worship time. VBS is usually the third or fourth week in June. The time commitment is approximately two hours for five days. All children are welcome to attend and volunteers are always encouraged to help. (All volunteers who are over 18 years of age must have child abuse clearance) Registration and Volunteer forms are on the 4 sided bulletin board in the gathering space. If you have any questions, please call Elaine Hrinda at the Christian Formation office at (412) 672-0913.