Family and Youth Faith Formation

K-5 Liturgy of the Word for Children

DURING the 4:30pm vigil, 9:00am and 11:15am Sunday Masses when offered. (NOTE: Once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we will resume this ministry for our children.)

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 everyday language. Parents and older siblings are welcome to accompany shy or reluctant children. No registration is required.

Sacrament Preparation

1st Reconciliation (Confession) & 1st Holy Communion (Eucharist)

The students in this Sacrament Preparation program are young people in their first and second year* of Faith Formation study at St. Agnes. They will receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation during Advent and then First Holy Communion in the Spring of their second year of study.

*Typically the young people are in 1st and 2nd grade but older students may join us for this TWO year process.  That is why the word “year” rather than “grade” is used.

Confirmation (Grade 8 & older)

The students in this Sacrament Preparation program are young people in eighth grade or older. They have been participating in Faith Formation with their family throughout their younger school years and now will move into a gender specific (male or female) “small mentoring group” model for this sacrament year of study.

For Confirmation year the Faith Formation format used by this parish starts with “Confirmation Boot Camp” in the summer.  Then in the fall the “small mentoring groups” that were formed during summer camp continue meeting biweekly throughout the remainder of the year until Confirmation happens in the Spring. A Confirmation Retreat, numerous service project opportunities and prayerful reflection experiences round out the year of formation for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Family Based Faith Formation Grade 1-7

Option #1

Generations of Faith (GOF): This parent and child-based Faith Formation model brings families together monthly, September thru April, Friday nights 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Format includes student learning time, parent teaching tips, group activity and prayer time all geared toward helping families complete their monthly homework assignments.

View sample videos from 2020-21: Families of Faith Grades 1-3; Families of Faith Grades 4-7; Families of Faith Adult Talk

Option #2

Small Home Study Groups (SHSG) –  This parent and child-based Faith Formation model brings families together in small study groups (3 to 5 families) in your home (or host’s home) or in a room at St. Agnes on the date and time of your choice.  Homework is turned in to the director on a monthly basis.  Please indicate on your registration form the name of the spokesperson your group has designated as communicator between you and the Faith Formation Office.

Option #3

Home Schooling: This parent and child-based Faith Formation model allows your family  the convenience of choosing the date and time each month when you can come together to do your work. Homework is turned in to the director on a monthly basis.

Option #4

Confirmation Mentoring Groups: This Faith Formation model partners 8th grade students (6-8 per group) with 2 adult mentors who share their faith while guiding the students through a course of study meant to strengthen their call to an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

2021-2022 Confirmation Mentoring Group Schedules will be agreed upon by all members of each group.

Senior Youth Ministry – Grades 9-12

“412 YOUTH MINISTRY” takes its name from 1Tim. 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity.”  The students come from the three area parishes and they meet Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm @ Queen of Angels Catholic School. Registration is separate for 412 Youth Ministry. Contact the Youth Minister, Susan Cheplic, at or 412-216-6812 for information.

412 Youth Ministry Fall Service Day Photos:

1st – 12th Grade: Bible Drama Camp

In 2021 the Not Quite Ready for Heaven Players performed the musical…

“Show” God You’re Abel

This 4 day Bible Drama Camp is a DRAMAtically different Vacation Bible School and is for all students in grades 1-12. Adult volunteers welcome. The musical will be performed on the last day of camp.

Click to learn more and about the 2021 event and production…

Click to learn more and about the 2019 event and production…

Please join the Not Quite Ready for Heaven Players in 2021 as they prepare for the musical…

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT for Faith Formation ARE DUE BY AUG 15, as materials need to be ordered. Click here to register for Faith Formation for 2021-22. 

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

For more information on our Faith Formation Programs, contact
Mary Blythe  or  Kristen Brown
via email or call 724-864-5393

Catholic Faith Formation

To register for Faith Formation 2021-22 click here.

Family & Youth Faith Formation Options:
Generations of Faith
Small Home Study Groups
Home Schooling