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Faith Formation

 Our mission is to lead all people into communion and intimacy with Jesus Christ through prayer, faith sharing, liturgical education, moral formation, service and outreach to all.

Faith Formation Classes and Registration 

Registration for grades K-9 opens in August each year for the upcoming school year.

  • Registration information will be announced at Masses, in the bulletin, on our parish webpage

    • and will be sent out to parishioners who have registered their emails with the parish.

  • All forms are available at the bottom of this page by clicking on the Links.

    • Please note that we may update the forms each August.

Note: 2021-2022 Classes commenced on Sunday 10/3/2021 for all grades K-9. Last Class is on 4-24-2022.​

 

If you have questions, please see the 'Who to Contact' section below,

and note that our Parish contact information is provided at the bottom of this page.

When and where are classes held?

  • K-6th grades will meet twice a month on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am-10:15 pm at St. Joseph’s. 

  • 7th-9th grades will meet twice a month on Sunday evenings from 7:00-7:45 pm at St. Joseph’s.

See the Class Schedule link below for all class dates and times.

Please register online using the link below for the Faith Formation online registration form.

 

First Reconciliation & First Eucharist:

Preparations are held during the 2nd grade Faith Formation classes.

Please register online using the link below for the Faith Formation online registration form.

Please contact Cindy Sharpe through our Parish Office if you have any questions.

Confirmation:

Sessions will be scheduled once all registrations are in.

This year 2021-2022 Confirmation will be conferred in 10th grade in our parish.

All 10th graders (and any 11th or 12th graders not yet Confirmed) should register and attend regular

Faith Formation sessions on Sunday evenings.

  • More information will be provided at the Confirmation Orientation Session on November 4, 2021 at St. Joseph's.  

  • All interested candidates and their parents should attend the Orientation session.  Please see the bulletin for more details. 

Our Program utilizes the Decision Point program from Dynamic Catholic. 

All candidates are welcomed, and all situations are handled on a case-by-case basis.  

Please contact Joe Varone through our Parish Office if you have any questions.

Please register online using the link below for the Faith Formation online registration form.

 

RCIA:  

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic way of life. Children who were baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite.

  • Those interested in learning more about the RCIA process, to start or complete their sacramental initiation in the Roman Catholic community, to learn more about their faith, or to become an RCIA team member, may contact Joe Varone by emailing or calling the Parish Office.

 

What is RCIA:

  • The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process of welcoming newcomers into full communion with the Catholic Church. RCIA involves not just the newcomer or "inquirer" but all the members of the community who, by prayer and personal example, help the inquirer find a home in the Catholic faith community.

  • RCIA is open to all adults including those who are already Catholic, who seek to refresh their faith or want to learn more about our Catholic Christian tradition. 

  • RCIA is for persons who have never been baptized. These men and women are called "Catechumens." 

  • RCIA is also for persons who have been baptized in another Christian faith, but are seeking to join the Catholic Church. These men and women are called "Candidates."

  • And those who have been baptized in the Catholic faith but who have never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and or Confirmation. They are also called "Candidates."

  • RCIA is a powerful means of evangelization and catechesis employing a process similar to the one used to spread the good news in the first few centuries of the Church. Adults who have experienced RCIA say that it is a life-changing process whose fruit is a more meaningful life and an intimate relationship with Jesus, the Christ. 

  • Parishioners may serve as sponsors for a catechumen or candidate. Sponsors help to nurture the faith life of the catechumen or candidate by listening, helping to answer questions, and by their prayers and faithful witness to the gospel. 

NYS COVID-19

For the safety of all students and catechists, our Programs will ensure that in-person sessions abide by all Albany Diocese and NYS COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. 

Thank you for your patience as we adjust throughout the year due to COVID-19.

If you are not comfortable at this time with in-person classes, or have any other questions,

please contact Joe or Lida Varone.  

Who to Contact

Please see the list of coordinator names below and contact the Parish Office by phone or email,

to ask for them. Parish contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

Someone will return your call/email promptly.

This is because unfortunately spammers use the contact information found on these pages.

 

Contact Names:

Administrator for registrations, fees & sacramental records:  Margie Carroll

Faith Formation Coordinator for all areas: Joe Varone

K-9th Grade Coordinator: Lida Varone

First Communion and First Reconciliation Coordinator: Cindy Sharpe

Confirmation, RCIA, Adult Faith Formation Coordinator: Joe Varone

Forms

Click HERE for 2021-2022 K - 9th Grade Faith Formation Schedule 

Click HERE for Medical Consent and Release Form

Click HERE for Parent Fact Sheet

Click HERE for Assistance for Victims Brochure

Click HERE for Registration Form

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