Family Faith Formation

                           Welcome to the Peace of Christ Family Faith Program!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


“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. View our faith formation brochure at this link. 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.       


A Report on Catholic Religious Parenting: How exactly is the Catholic household positioned relative to mainstream American culture, and consequently, what is the job description of the contemporary American Catholic parent? What can parents do to optimize their chances of replicating their faith in their children, and how can clergy and pastoral professionals assist them so that we can stop youth from drifting from their faith as they pass into adulthood. Find answers to these questions and more by reading : "A Report on Catholic Religious Parenting," a 3-year report on parental attitudes towards religious transmission, produced by sociologists Justin Bartkus and Christian Smith, for the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. Gain real insights into the four key components that produce and shape the religious household today.

Summer (Intensive) Session: for children and youth in grades PreK-9; July 9-July 13, M-F, 9am-3pm. Registration materials can be found here.

Vacation Bible Camp for children in grades PreK-5: Monday, July 23 -Friday, July 27, 9am-Noon, St. James School. Registration forms are available here, at the parish office or at all worship sites.

Our 2018-2019 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, you may register them for our program that follows the school year calendar. First classes begin Monday, September 10th, 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: 10/15/18; 12/17/18; 2/25/19; and 4/29/19) fulfill the diocesan requirement of 30 hours of catechesis per school year. To view our 2018-19 schedule, please visit this link: 2018-19 Faith Formation School Year-Based Program at St. James School, 6:15-7:45pm.                                               

The Sacraments of First Penance and First Holy Communion:  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.

Registration forms for faith formation, Summer Session and/or sacramental preparation classes: 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 or 288-5000, ext. 121. We look forward to hearing from you!

Home-study Program: There will be a meeting for all parents and children interested in teaching their children our faith at home on Monday evening, September 24, 6:30-7:30pm at St. James School Youth Room, 2nd Flr: 130 Brett Rd., Rochester, 14609. Families who choose this method of religious education for their children must also attend our four (4) family gatherings throughout the school year: 10/15/18; 12/17/18; 2/25/19; and 4/29/19.

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.                    ​


We use  with our littlest disciples, ages 4-6. Visit this  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   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.