Catechist Resources

· Junior High Youth Group:  Our program for middleschool/junior high catechesis (youth in Grades 6-8) integrates all of the 8 Components of a comprehensive Youth Ministry as outlined in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Renewing the Vision, plan for youth ministry including: advocacy, catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care and prayer/worship.  The program for youth utilizes two primary texts: The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition and the Catholic Youth Bible, both by St. Mary’s Press.  The themes explored during these three years are th Old Testament, the New Testament and Church History/the Holy Spirit. We meet Sunday mornings, 11am-Noon at St. Ambrose Academy. Registration materials are found at all worship sites and the parish office.

 Senior High Youth Group: Our program for high school catechesis also integrates the ideals of the USCCB’s Renewing the Vision and is supported by two primary texts; The Catholic Faith Handbook for Teens and the Breakthrough Bible, both by St. Mary’s Press.  Additionally, youth explore the YOUCAT to find answers to their questions about their lives and our faith.  The focus during these four years is on putting our faith into action through discipleship/Catholic Social Teachings. We meet Sunday mornings, 11am-Noon at St. Ambrose Academy. Registration materials are found at all worship sites and the parish office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacraments-

Eucharist

CHILDREN'S  PREPARATION  FOR  FIRST EUCHARIST

As Catholics, there is no greater privilege than receiving Jesus Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity, in the form of the Eucharist. It is a joy for the entire Church to share the celebration of First Communion with those who have been fully prepared. Preparation for First Holy Communion begins in the parish.

Before preparing to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, children must first come to know and love Him at an age appropriate level.  Therefore, children of parishioners preparing for First Holy Communion are to complete one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), be actively attending Mass, and be participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School). 

When can my Baptized Catholic child begin preparing for First Holy Communion?

    • When they are beginning second grade or older.    
    • When they have completed one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), are currently registered and participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), and are actively attending Mass.
    • When they have completed preparation for the Sacrament of Penance.  All the faithful are obliged to approach the Holy Eucharist only if they are reconciled with God and Church. Therefore, Children/Youth must be prepared for the Sacrament of Penance before being prepared for the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  
    • The family must be registered at Peace of Christ Parish.
    • First Parent and Child Informational Meeting for First Holy Communion is Sunday, January 26th, 12:15- 1:15pm, Dailey Hall @ St. Ambrose Academy.

Children prepare for First Holy Communion in the spring by attending workshops at the parish as well as exploring the sacrament at home with their parents. Parents will be given all the necessary resources and support. Age appropriate texts and materials will be provided.

Registration materials may be found at all worship sites, at the parish office, or by contacting Melissa Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 or  melissa.mang@dor.org.

Confirmation

PREPARATION FOR CONFIRMATION

Confirmation brings to fullness that life in the Holy Spirit into which God’s sons and daughters were first initiated at Baptism.

When can my Baptized Catholic youth begin preparing for Confirmation?

  • Youth must already have received Baptism and First Eucharist within the Catholic faith;
  • Youth of parishioners preparing for Confirmation are to complete at leasat one full year of religious education at the middle school level (at the parish or Catholic School), be actively attending Mass, and be participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School);
  • Youth must be in eighth grade or later, with the ability to complete the two-year sacramental catechesis required of the Sacrament of Confirmation;                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • The family must be registered at Peace of Christ Parish.           
  • First Parent and Youth Informational Meeting for Confirmation, for both Year 1 (Grade 8) and Year 2 (Grade 9) Candidates: Sunday, September 22nd, 12:15-1:15pm, Dailey Hall @ St. Ambrose Academy.                                                                              Registration materials for Confirmation may be found at all three worship sites, parish office or by calling Melissa, Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry, (585)288-5000, ext. 121 or at melissa.mang@dor.org.                                                        

Reconciliation

CHILDREN'S PREPARATION FOR RECONCILIATION

The Sacrament of Penance is the ordinary means by which the faithful are restored to sanctifying grace after having fallen into post-baptismal grave sin. (Cf. CIC, c. 960). It is also a channel of particular graces which assists the faithful in avoiding sin in the future, overcoming habits of sin, and growing in the life of supernatural grace and virtue. 

Children must first come to know and love Jesus at an age appropriate level. Children of parishioners preparing for First Penance are to complete one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), be actively attending Mass, and be participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School). 

When can my Baptized Catholic child begin preparing for First Penance?

  • When they are beginning second grade or older.    
  • When they have completed one full year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), are currently registered and participating in their second consecutive year of religious education (at the parish or Catholic School), and are actively attending Mass.
  • The family must be registered at the parish.
  • First Parent and Child Informational Meeting for First Penance is Sunday, September 29th, 12:15-1:15pm, Dailey Hall @      St. Ambrose Academy.  

Children prepare for First Penance in the fall by attending workshops at the parish as well as exploring the sacrament at home with their parents. Parents will be given all the necessary resources and support. Age appropriate texts and materials will be provided.

Registration materials may be found at all worship sites, at the parish office, or by contacting Melissa Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 or  melissa.mang@dor.org.

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Young Adult

Who Are Young Adults?

Young adults are persons in their late teens, twenties, and thirties (ages 18-39)  who represent diverse cultural, racial, ethnic, educational, vocational, social, political, and spiritual backgrounds. They are college students, workers, and professionals; they are persons in military service; they are single, married, divorced, or widowed; they are with or without children; they are newcomers in search of a better life.

Our Young Adult ministry follows the pastoral plan for young adults in the Sons and Daughters of the Light.

For a schedule of events or for more information on how you can become a member of our Young Adult Ministry, contact Matthew Grosodonia, Director of Young Adult Ministry at: seetheroc@gmail.com.

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Family Faith Program

"Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents." Catechism of the Catholic church #2226. 

Our mission is to help you as parents/guardians to nurture and foster growth in the Catholic faith of your children.  This is accomplished with help from Catechists/volunteers of our Parish who give of their time and talents. At Peace of Christ Parish, the family faith formation program for children in Grades PreK ( age 4) through 5 exists to assist families in the faith growth and development of their children.

Our classes meet weekly, on Sundays, 11am-Noon at St. Ambrose Academy. We also meet five Sundays throughout the year for family/intergenerational gatherings. 

First faith formation class begins with a parent/child informational meeting Sunday, September 15th, 11am-Noon, Dailey Hall @ St. Ambrose Academy.  

In addition to faith formation, we also offer a vibrant, engaging summer Vacation Bible Camp for children in Grades PreK (age4) through 5. This year's VBC will be held July 22-26, 9am-Noon, at St. Ambrose Academy.

Volunteers for both faith formation and Vacation Bible Camp are always needed!

Registration materials for these programs-as well as volunteer applications- may be found at all worship sites, at the parish office, or by contacting Melissa Mang, Director of Catechetical Programs and Youth Ministry at (585) 288-5000, ext. 121 or  melissa.mang@dor.org.

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Adult Faith Formation

In their document, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us (OHWB), the US Bishops renewed a commitment to fostering faith formation for adults. Since we all are continually being formed in our faith as we walk our journeys of life, a renewed commitment to adult faith formation necessitates a need for quality programming and a variety of opportunities for all adults.  The purpose of the Peace of Christ Adult Faith Formation Committee is to offer, plan and implement a variety of faith forming programs and opportunities for adults.  

Adult faith formation, by which people consciously grow in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer, and study, must be "the central task in [this] catechetical enterprise," becoming "the axis around which revolves the catechesis of childhood and adolescence as well as that of old age." (OHWB #5)

We offer a variety of spiritual opportunities for adults in our parish. 

For a schedule of events or for more information, contact Peggie Clark at (585)347-4819 or at  clarkmargaret150@gmail.com

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RCIA

R.C.I.A. stands for the "Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults,"or RCIA. The RCIA, a program of the Catholic Church,  is oriented towards those who are searching and inquiring about the Catholic way of life. While this program is oriented for adults, it accepts teens and children of age seven and up. For more information on the process of becoming Cahtolic, visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website (U.S.C.C.B.)

If you are interested in learning more about the process of becoming Catholic, contact Melissa Mang at 288-5000, ext. 121 or at melissa.mang@dor.org.