Youth Faith Formation
Faith Formation classes are held for Grades Pre-K/Kindergarten ages 4 and 5 through Grade Twelve are held as follows:
Classes are held at the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul in Cumberland, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and St. Ambrose Church in Cresaptown, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We use approved text material from Catholic publishers. Our classes are taught by volunteer catechists and we have an aide in each classroom. Tuition for the Faith Formation Program is $40.00 for one child, and $10 for each additional child in the family.
Due to water damage in the St. Patrick’s School Building, all St. Patrick’s Faith Formation classes will be held at SS. Peter and Paul Shrine until further notice.
Faith Formation is finished for this year, classes will resume in September 2017. Please check back for more information.
Calendars and information for Sacramental Preparation programs can be found under the Sacraments tab.
We also encourage you to view the policies/procedures on attendance, discipline and cell phone use.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The challenge of making Christians is as old as Christianity itself. From the Church’s first days, She has evangelized to make disciples. And what was the content of her evangelization? The person, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ Who is the same “yesterday, today, and forever.” From St. Peter’s fervent preaching on the day of Pentecost to St. Paul’s preaching in Greece at the altar dedicated to the “unknown god,” to the catacombs hidden from Roman authorities, and to the fall of the Empire and Christians going out among the barbarians; Christ was preached and civilization rebuilt. And in our own time, Pope St. John Paul the Great boldly preached Christ declaring “Be not afraid!” He called the Church to a New Evangelization – a call to put out into the deep, cast out our nets, and truly be “fishers of men.”
Are you interested in how you can be part of this New Evangelism? Do you find yourself longing for a closer relationship with Our Lord; a desire to know more about the Faith; a strengthening of the bonds of kinship with brothers and sisters on the spiritual journey? You might want to check out RCIA. Perhaps you know individuals who want to learn about our Catholic Faith; who want a relationship with Christ; individuals who seek to find in the Church their spiritual home. Tell them about RCIA.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA, is a wonderful, Spirit-lead journey of evangelizing, discovery, discernment, conversion, and deepening faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the answer to all of our deepest longings. The RCIA is a journey of faith, a total formation process during which individuals are formed by hearing the Word of God and reflecting on it; becoming immersed in the family of the church and learning her teachings. We become sons and daughters through her liturgy, beliefs, and apostolic works. We journey together through RCIA learning and discerning, praying with and for each other, and becoming strengthened by the bonds of faith. The RCIA culminates in reception into full membership in the Catholic Church of unbaptized individuals through the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist usually at the great vigil of Easter; and of Christians from other communities who have some formation, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church.
The RCIA is going to be an exciting time of learning, reflecting, praying, becoming strengthened, and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ. Weekly RCIA sessions will be starting in September and if you are interested or have a friend, family member, or even someone you just talked to about your faith who might want to attend RCIA then please contact Joe Keating at 301.777.1750 or Bob Cannon at email@example.com. There is always room for one more!
The new RCIA session will begin September 2017, check back for more information.