1. On Site
Classes are held in the Social Hall on the following days:
Please Note: If your child is in 7th or 8th grade, please use this link for more information on the Upper Room Program.
2. Home Sites
Classes for Pre-K 4 year olds through 8th grade are held in the homes of parishioners on a day and time that is convenient for their schedule. If you are interested in hosting a Home Site or would like to locate one, please check with the Faith Formation staff for availability.
3. Family Program
Students are required to study the chapter with their parents and to complete the reviews in the text and submit them to the Faith Formation Office or use the E-Assessment program.
Please Note: If your child is in 7th or 8th grade they will follow the Upper Room Program curriculum for Family Program (New for 2017).
4. Children with Special Needs
We are offering a NEW curriculum that is individualized per the needs of your child. The Special Needs Program is offered on Monday evenings from
5 PM-6:30 PM. The timing is flexible and can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of the child. If you are interested in volunteering or registering your child for this program please contact:
Roberto Chavez at 724-444-1971 EXT. 128
Holly Smith at 724-444-1971 EXT. 115
*We also work closely with you if your child would like to attend the on-site classes.
A little about Faith Formation at St. Richard Parish
Weekly faith formation sessions normally run from September through April. The program is designed for 4-year olds through 8th graders. The curriculum and activities are designed to insure diocesan catechetical guidelines are met for each age/grade level. Three different types of classes are offered, but all follow the same curriculum and required attendance at certain additional activities. These activities throughout the catechetical year are designed to promote fellowship and a sense of community with all of our families involved in the program. Classes for on site and home sites are staffed by volunteers who function as teachers and aides, or co-teachers., while the Family Program is taught by the child’s parent.
Christian Initiation of Children (C.I.C.)
This is a process designed to prepare children and teenagers who, for different reasons, have not received the sacraments in the traditional manner. We will tailor a program to help your child to receive the sacraments of our faith and grow in understanding and love of the Lord.
Reconciliation and Eucharist for Youth
Children normally receive first Reconciliation and first Eucharist in the spring of the second grade. For further information, please contact the Faith Formation Office. Adults receive these Sacraments at the Easter Vigil in accordance with the RCIA process.
Youth are confirmed in the fall of the Ninth Grade. For further information, please contact the Faith Formation Office. Adults are confirmed at the Easter Vigil in accordance with the RCIA process.