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).

We have two programs for families to participate in during Advent this year:

                                                                 

1) Annual Nativity Pageant: Saturday, December 22nd, 10am, St. James Church. See how the Word becomes flesh in the Nativity Story, performed once again by our children in our grade Prek-5 faith formation program. Join us for our family breakfast immediately following the pageant in St. James Church Hall. We hope you can join us!

                                                                                                                    2) Las Posadas: Monday, December 17th, 6:15-7:45pm, St. James Church Hall. All are welcome! This year, our own parish youth group, together with the youth group of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, have collaborated to bring you this beautiful Advent, bilingual prayer service and celebration during our family gathering-pinata included! We hope you can join the fun!

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.   

Our 2018-2019 Year-Round Faith Formation Schedule for children in grades PreK (age 4) through 5 is now available! 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.   ​​​​​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 with a parent/child informational meeting on 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.                                            

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 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 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 Loyola Press' Finding God curriculum for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade.