Religious Formation is a life long process enabling each person to grow towards a mature understanding of faith as an integral part of life. The relationship with God, first celebrated in Baptism, is nurtured in the home and later is enriched and deepened through formal instruction and participation in the community of faith.
The aim of religious formation at St. Peter Parish is to provide each person with the opportunity to supplement/augment the development of his or her faith. Our concern is not only for children but also for the growth of persons of every age. Our desire is that the religious formation program will enable the people of the parish to more deeply delve into the beauty of the message of Jesus Christ embodied in His Church.
The object of catechesis is communion with Jesus Christ. Catechesis leads people to enter the mystery of Christ, to encounter Him, and to discover themselves and the meaning of their lives in Him. (National Directory of Catechesis)
Religious Formation of Children K-8
Barbara Siano, Director of Religious Education
Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9-4
The program of religious instruction for children provides the child with an understanding of the Gospel message as well as the basics of the Catholic faith. We attempt to enable the development of a relationship of love with Jesus through a combination of study and experiences of prayer.
Religious instruction of children can never be achieved within a void. Home life is catechetical. The family is where faith matures and where active discipleship is modeled. Parents are integral to the spiritual growth of their children. Parents are the first and most important teachers in all things and personal example of prayer and practice is their primary tool. Sacred family times bring Christ into the center of the home.
Regular commitment to Sunday Mass weaves Christ into the fabric of family life. Participation in the Mass is vital. The Mass is the greatest prayer of the Church. We gather in community to listen to and learn from God’s Word and to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist. What we celebrate at Mass forms the core of who we are as Catholics.
The Mass, the family and religious education are not mutually exclusive but are finely partnered in the formation of the faith life of the child.
Preparation for the Reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
In accordance with diocesan policy, preparation for the Sacraments is designed to provide concentrated instruction prior to the reception of the Sacraments. All children must be enrolled either in the parish K-8 program or in a Catholic school as a prerequisite for Sacrament preparation. For First Eucharist, a child must complete two years of religious instruction. To be eligible to begin the Confirmation preparation program, a student must have an eight year background of study at a parish religious education program or at a Catholic school.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children is designed for the initiation of older children and teens who have never been baptized or who were baptized as infants but never received any catechesis (formation in the faith) and have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation. Children and teens baptized in another Christian tradition who desire to become Catholic are prepared for membership in the Church through the RCIC. Contact Pat Postiglione 203-743-1048.
Program Schedule & Fees
The Parish’s Religious Education Program for Children K-8 is conducted on Sunday mornings in two sessions. Session One is held from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Session Two from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Fees: $150.00 for one child
$225.00 for two children
$300.00 for three or more children
(A $50.00 deduction in fees is give for registration prior to July 1.)
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Fr. Gregg Mecca, Coordinator
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normative way in which non-Catholics—those un-baptized as well as those baptized into other Christian denominations—enter the Church. It is also the way baptized Catholics who never received any catechesis and did not receive Eucharist and Confirmation complete their Sacraments of Initiation.
The RCIA, modeled on the practice of the ancient Church, is a prayerful, spiritual journey toward a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus and with his Church. Participants meet to hear the Word of God proclaimed at Mass, to discuss its meaning and application to our lives and to become familiar with the foundations of our faith. The process culminates at the Vigil of Easter with the celebration of the Sacraments which bring us into the Church, the visible body of Christ on earth.
Adult Continuing Religious Formation
Through time honored Catholic devotions, courses, guest speakers and the arts, the Parish offers adult Catholic means by which to deepen their faith and love and to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Christian life.
Morning of Reflection
Held monthly on a Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon., the Morning of Reflection lead conducted by Yvette Lessard, a trained spiritual director, leads participants in an in depth conversation of a topic.
Spiritual direction is a means of deepening our relationship with God. A director walks the faith journey with you to help you tend a deep connection with the Holy. Yvette Lessard, a trained spiritual director, meets with parishioners at the rectory. To inquire about spiritual direction or to make an appointment with Ms. Lessard, call the rectory (743-2707).