I would like more information about Faith First
Faith First is the “classroom model” of religious education with monthly Faith Nights that bring faith lessons for the entire family. It is for children in Grades K - 5 and meets on Monday evenings from 6:15 - 7:30 PM at the Mary Queen of Apostles Freeport Road Site. Faith First begins in early September usually around Catechetical Sunday.
For more information about Faith First, visit the Faith Formation section of our website. Click here to download and complete the registration form for Faith First.
Email completed form to Jamie Dillon, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation, or return to the Mount Saint Peter parish office (100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068).
I would like more information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS).
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation for children ages 3 - 12. It originated in 1954 through the work of Dr. Sofia Cavalletti. The methodology of the Catechesis utilizes Montessori teaching principles to help children develop an informed and genuine relationship with God.
Classes are held Tuesday mornings and Tuesday evenings at St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish. Click here to download and complete the registration form for CGS. Email completed form to Jamie Dillon, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation, or return to the Mount Saint Peter parish office (100 Freeport Road, New Kensington, PA 15068).
I would like more information about Sacramental Preparation.
If you are expecting, contact Jamie Dillon, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation, to set up a meeting and to schedule a Baptism time and date. Please see the Sacrament section of our website for more information.
Generally, this Sacrament is received in 2nd Grade. Students must be catechized via Faith First, CGS, or Home Study. Any other method must be approved at the start of the catechetical year. Each family will meet with Jamie Dillon in the summer between 1st and 2nd Grade. First Communions are usually celebrated after Easter.
This Sacrament is received for the first time in the fall of the 2nd grade year. Students are prepared via instruction using Faith First, CGS, or Home Study.
Confirmation Preparation is done through Youth Ministry and begins in 6th grade. Visit the Youth & Young Adult Ministry and Confirmation Preparation page for more information and to submit questions related to Confirmation preparation.
All engaged couples should attend the marriage workshop in January, which details needed wedding preparations. One of the preparations is the "Better Together" inventory. After completing the inventory, couples will meet with Jamie to review. Please see the Sacrament section of our website for more information.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Adults interested in joining the Catholic Church should contact Monsignor Begolly. Please see the RCIA section of our website for more information.
I have other questions related to Faith Formation or Sacrament Preparation for the parish office staff.
Click here to be redirected to the St. Mary Parish Faith Formation and Sacrament Preparation Form for all other Faith Formation or Sacrament Preparation inquiries including choosing a sponsor for your child’s Baptism or other Sacraments, how to plan and schedule your wedding, and more in-depth information about your child’s participation in the Faith First or Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs.