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.       


 Summer (Intensive) Session: for children and youth who attend public schools in grades PreK-9; July 9-July 13, M-F, 9am-3pm. at St. James School, 130 Brett Rd., Rochester, 14609. Registration materials can be found here. Our theme this year is Word (Kerygma). Students will explore Revelation: How God reveals God's own self to individuals & throughout history; Scripture: How God's inspired Word is a source of life & faith; and Creedal Concepts: The beliefs & teachings of our Catholic community. This week-long session, with the addition of your family's attendance at our four family gatherings: 10/15/18; 12/17/18; 2/25/19; and 4/29/19, satisfies the diocesan requirement of 30 hours of catechesis per child/school year.  If you are unable to attend our Summer Session, you may attend our schoolyear-based religious education program instead (see below). Youth Group Social Justice Presentation

Volunteers welcome, ages 11-111 for Summer Session and/or Vacation Bible Camp! Come to our orientation with mandatory CASE Training on Monday, June 25th, 6:30pm at St. James Church Hall to find out how you can bring the Gospel to children, practice leadership skills in small groups or at our activity stations,and have fun making new friends in a safe environment this summer. Questions? Call Melissa Mang at (585)288-5000, ext. 121 or email:

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. Please note: unfortunately, this program does not fulfill the diocesan requirement of 30 hours of catechesis per child/school year.

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