Family Faith Formation

                                    Welcome to the Peace of Christ Family Faith Program!  

                                  

     Everyone was happy to meet the "newest kindergartner" in our Summer Session program at St. James School...Fr. Tim! Many, many thanks to Fr. Tim, to our parents, children, catechists, and music director Janet Andrychuk-Tedesco, who made our summer faith formation program a huge success! In addition, we thank the youth group in the Emerging Disciples program, led by Deacon Jeff Chichester, for giving us an exceptional presentation on the characteristics of local and global poverty. As a result of visiting Sr. Julia Norton at the Sister Regis Food Cupboard on Bay Street, Rochester, they explained how she and her organization respond to the Catholic Social Justice call of Caring for the family, the community and participation within the community by providing food and basic needs to families in poverty in the surrounding Rochester communities. Read more about all of the 7 Catholic Social Teachings that we, as Catholics, are all called to respond to by visiting this link: Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

                                        Vacation Bible Camp Offered this Summer

July 24-28, 9am-Noon, Vacation Bible Camp Avalanche Ranch for children in grades PreK (age 4)-5. Make new friends while you learn about the stories and the people in the Old Testament-and the New Testament- that trace the history of our salvation. To register, please visit this link. Registrations with fees may be sent to the parish office at: Peace of Christ Parish, 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609. Thank you.     

                       For more information or to volunteer, contact Melissa Mang at (585)288-5000, ext. 121 or by email: mmang@dor.org.          

Altar Serving Opportunities: Don't forget: children in grade 4 and up who have already completed their Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion are strongly encouraged to serve at Mass! Schedules are very flexible-you "shadow" a more experienced server until you feel confident to serve on your own! For more information, contact the parish office at (585)288-5000.   

                                      Family Faith Formation Program Beginning This Fall 

(Families, please note the new day/time this year: all classes meet Monday evenings, usually twice a month, from 6:15-7:45 pm at St. James School, 130 Brett Rd., Rochester, NY 14609. Our first classes meet Monday, September 18th, 6:15-7:45pm at St. James School. Contact Melissa Mang at (585)288-5000 ext. 121 or at mmang@dor.org with any questions. Thank you.) 

“A comprehensive parish-based catechesis harmonizes the catechesis of adults, families, parents, youth, children in the parish catechetical program and Catholic school, children in the parish catechumenate, and small Christian communities” (National Directory for Catechesis, 61).

At Peace of Christ Parish, we offer a variety of Christian formation and spiritual growth opportunities for people of all ages. This page describes our Family Faith Program, which is designed for busy families whose children are currently attending public schools in grades PreK-5. The Diocese of Rochester requires children to attend 30 hours of catechesis yearly.    

Our 2017-18 Year-Round Faith Formation Schedule for children in grades PreK (age 4) through 5 is now available! If your children did not participate in our Summer Session this year, then you may register them for our program that follows the school year calendar. First classes begin Monday, September 18th, 6:15-7:45pm at St. James Church Hall.  Attendance at this program, in addition to your family's attendance at all four of our family gatherings throughout the year (family gatherings are: 10/16/17; 12/18/17; 2/26/18; and 4/30/18) fulfill the diocesan requirement of 30 hours of catechesis per school year. To view our 2017-18 schedule, please visit this link: 2017-18 Faith Formation School Year-Based Program at St. James School, 6:15-7:45pm. Also, if your child is entering second grade this year, then he or she will need to prepare to receive the Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion. Visit this link to view our Sacramental Preparation Calendar. Then, simply download, complete and return the registration form with fee(s) to our parish office: Peace of Christ Parish, 25 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609. For more information,  contact Melissa Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at mmang@dor.org or 288-5000, ext. 121. We look forward to hearing from you!                                      ​

                                                     

We use Our Sunday Visitor's Allelu! with our littlest disciples, ages 4-6. Visit this link to see a video of this engaging Early Childhood faith program your children will love and remember!

For children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, we use Our Sunday Visitor's Alive in Christ curriculum. To learn more about this innovative faith program, visit this link. Children have fun learning and singing songs that reinforce specific concept areas explored during their class time. Most importantly, we provide families with opportunities to build relationships when they gather together during special times throughout the liturgical season for food, faith sharing and fun.