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.

First Communion Preparation Video:

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 group mentoring” 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 6:45-8:30 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.

Note: Due to ongoing COVID-19 realities we have eliminated the family meal from this option but the “in person” experiences will still follow all other safety requirements for the well-being of our families.

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.

The 2020-2021 schedule for GOF will be available soon and similar to last year.  Click here to download the GOF 2019-2020 Schedule as a preview.

View videos from 2019-2020: January 2020 #2, January 2020 #1, December 2019, November 2019, October 2019, September 2019.

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.

The 2020-2021 Small Home Study Groups schedule will be available soon.

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.

The Home Schooling 2020-2021 Schedule will be available soon.

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 skcheplic@dioceseofgreensburg.org or 412-216-6812 for information.

412 Youth Ministry Fall Service Day Photos:

KN – 12th Grade: Bible Drama Camp

Please join the Not Quite Ready for Heaven Players in 2021 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 24th, 2021 at 6:30 pm at St. Agnes Church

Click to learn more about the upcoming 2021 event…

Click to learn more and view the 2019 musical production…


REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT ARE DUE BY AUG 15, as materials need to be ordered. To register for Faith Formation download and complete this form: Registration Form 2020-2021

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 download and complete this form: Registration Form 2020-2021

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