Family Faith Formation

                                    Welcome to the Peace of Christ Family Faith Program!                                                                  Family Faith Formation Program Beginning This Fall 

“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.    

        Bishop Matano has declared the observance of a Year of the Eucharist to commence on Sunday, June 18, 2017, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, and to conclude on Sunday, June 3, 2018 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Rochester.

                                                                      

        Please join us at our next family gathering Monday, December 18th, 6:15-7:45pm at St. James Church Hall for a presentation on Bishop Matano's The Year of the Eucharist. Rev. Dr. George Heyman. the president of St. Bernard's School of Theology & Ministry, will discuss ways your family can participate in this special Year of the Eucharist. Dinner and dessert will be served. We hope you can join us!

                                                         

           Our Annual Nativity Pageant is being performed on Saturday, December 16th, 10am at St. James Church. Click on the picture above for a list of practice days/times. All are welcome to attend!

                                              

 In our day Jesus' command to 'go and make disciples' echoes in the changing scenarios and ever new challenges to the Church's mission of evangelization, and all of us are called to take part... -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.  Discovering Christ is coming to our parish Wednesday, January 17th, 6-8pm at St. John the Evangelist Church Hall. Visit What is Discovering Christ? and The New Evangelization for more information. Watch the church bulletin for more details and how to sign up for sessions.

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, 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.                                               

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 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 mmang@dor.org 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 25, 6:30-7:30pm at St. James School Youth Room, 2nd Flr: 130 Brett Rd., Rochester, 14609.

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 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.