Youth Faith Formation

412 Youth Ministry Fall Service Day

K-5 Liturgy of the Word for Children

DURING the 9:00am and 11:15am Sunday Masses when offered. This is an informal teaching and allows for children to get more out of the Mass. Liturgy of the Word for Children Ministers (volunteers who have been trained for this ministry) lead the children through the Old Testament reading, Psalm Response, New Testament reading and Gospel. For each Sunday’s readings, a contemporary version is used that has been created just for young people to understand. The Minister of the Word then guides the children in a short, interactive time of reflection on the stories they have just heard. Next, the children profess the Creed and offer their prayer of petition as they prepare to bring their gifts of money, time, and talent for the Lord during the Offertory. They then rejoin their family for the Liturgy of the Eucharist and conclusion of Mass. Any child K-5th grade is encouraged to take advantage of hearing and learning the Word of God in their own words. Parents and older siblings are welcome to accompany shy or reluctant children. No registration is required.

Pre-K (4 year olds) & Kindergarten

Sunday morning DURING the 9:00am Mass in a Faith Formation classroom. This is a formal teaching setting and registration is required. (This option will only be available if adult volunteers come forward to teach. Currently, due to lack of teachers and participants, this option is not being offered. If you have an interest in teaching, please contact Mary Blythe at 724-864-5393).

Grades 1-7

The students in the Sacrament Preparation program are our first and second grade children who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation in the Advent Season and First Eucharist in the spring of their second grade year. Attendance in one of these programs in both 1st and 2nd grade is required to receive the sacraments in 2nd grade.

Faith formation for third and fourth grade involves learning spiritual exercises, service experiences and an opportunity to fully understand what the Sacrament of Confirmation is and how it is part of their journey as they continue to grow their life-long relationship with Jesus. There are four options for these children:

Option #1

Sunday Mornings: Requirements – Attend weekly, September to April, Sunday mornings 10:15-11:05 am (BETWEEN morning Masses in the Convent). (This option will only be available if adult volunteers come forward to teach.)

Option #2

Generations of Faith (Parent and Child): Requirements – Attend monthly, September thru April, Friday nights 6:00 – 8:30pm. Format includes family meal, student lessons, adult faith sharing, prayer time, and family homework activity.

Click here to download the Generations of Faith 2019-2020 Schedule

Option #3

Generations of Faith Home Study Groups (GOF-HSG) – Requirements – Follow the Generations of Faith Model in small study groups (3 to 5 families) in your home (or host’s home) on the date of your choice. Please indicate the last name of the spokesperson for your group when registering.

Click here to download the Generations of Faith Home Study Groups 2019-2020 Schedule

2019-2020 Generations of Faith Videos

Option #4

Home Schooling: Requirements – Parents and students working in your home, progress meetings with the Faith Formation director every 7-8 weeks.

Click here to download the Home Schooling 2019-2020 Schedule

Grade 8

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred in 8th grade. The 8th graders in Faith Formation will be in Matthew Kelly’s Decision Point Confirmation Program, which begins with Confirmation Boot Camp – June 17th – 21st, then continues once a month with teaching sessions/service opportunities during the 2019/2020 school year.

Grades 9-12

412 YOUTH MINISTRY: Requirements: Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm, Queen of Angels. Registration is separate for 412. Contact the Youth Minister, Susan Cheplic, at skcheplic@dioceseofgreensburg.org or 412-216-6812 for information.

KN – 12th Grade

Bible Drama Camp

Please join the Not Quite Ready for Heaven Players in 2020 as they prepare for the musical

Embark on the Ark!

This 4 day Bible Drama Camp is a DRAMAtically different Vacation Bible School and is for all students K-12. Adult volunteers welcome. The musical will be on the last day of camp.

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 at 6:30 pm at St. Agnes Church

Click to learn more about last year’s event…


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT ARE DUE BY AUG 15, as materials need to be ordered. To register for Faith Formation, download and complete this form..

Various other activities and service projects will be offered throughout the year and are open for anyone to participate. Watch for Flocknotes, check the bulletin, and parish website often for all the happenings at St. Agnes!

For more information on our Faith Formation Programs,

contact Mary Blythe/Kristen Brown
by calling 724-864-5393
or complete the following form…