Religious Education

Saint Paul Church

Office of Faith Formation

 1789 Broad Street

Cranston, RI 02905

Phone: 401-941-5576 | Email: faithform@saintpaulcranston.org

 

Mrs. Julie K. Bradley
Grades KG -
8

and

Preparation for First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion

 

Mrs. Debbie Cabral
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation



FAITH FORMATION

Faith Formation is the name commonly used today for what many people knew as CCD or religious education classes, but it is much more than that.  Whereas CCD was just for children, and religious education implies classroom study, Faith Formation is a life-long process of learning, living, and growing in faith. 

 Faith Formation is: 

Learning about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through Scripture and Tradition

Celebrating our faith by learning about and participating in the liturgy and the sacraments

Choosing to follow Jesus’ example and his teachings, to live the commandments and the spirit of the Beatitudes

Praying to God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – every day and in many different ways

Inviting, encouraging, and supporting our parish and school families to participate in the mission of the Church by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ

Living our faith by giving witness to the life and teaching of Jesus Christ through our words and deeds

(modified from The Six Tasks of Catechesis, found in the WE BELIEVE textbooks published by William H. Sadlier, Inc.)

 

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CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION

Faith Formation Classes

Faith Formation for children in KG - Grade 8 is held on Sunday morning beginning with the 9:30AM family Mass.  Classes begin at approximately 10:30AM and are dismissed at 11:45AM. Confirmation I and II classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:25AM.  Classes for all ages begin in late September and conclude early in May.  Registration fees are $50/one child, $75/two children, and $100/three or more children. Payments can be made in part or full at the time of registration.  Checks should be made payable to Saint Paul Church. Click here to download a registration form.

Sacramental Preparation

Children in the second grade are prepared receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and children in the third grade are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Preparation for Confirmation is a two year commitment, usually beginning in ninth grade.  Confirmation is usually celebrated in the spring of tenth grade.

RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children)

School aged children who have not been baptized, or who are older than second or third grade and not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation or Holy Communion can enroll in a series of Sacramental Preparation classes. These classes are scheduled as needed throughout the year.  Please contact Mrs. Bradley to find out more about enrollment.

SPRED (SPECIAL RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT)

The SPRED Program provides spiritual formation int he Catholic faith for children, adolescents, young adults and adults with developmental disabilities. Participants receive the education and experience they need in order to fully participate in the liturgical and sacramental life of their parish. Contact Mrs. Coleen Touchette, director of SPRED at 658-1174 for more information.

Children’s Mass

Families with young children are invited and encouraged to attend the 9:30AM Mass on Sundays.  From September through June on a rotating basis, children are invited to participate in a special homily given by the priest in the sanctuary, or into the sacristy for a children’s edition of the Liturgy of the Word with Mrs. Bradley.

Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp is an opportunity for kids to have fun while learning and growing together in faith.  Scripture stories come to life, exciting games are played outdoors, there are movies, crafts, music, snacks and loads of fun.  All of this is tied together by a theme, which changes each year.  Camp is held for one week in late June or early July, from 8:30-11:30AM.  Camp is open to children who are entering KG through grade 5.  Middle school and high school students are encouraged to join in the fun as crew leaders and station assistants. Adult volunteers are always needed to plan, decorate and facilitate the camp.

 Saint Paul Youth Group

The youth group is open to all young people in grades 8-12.  Activities, service, and prayer come together in a fun way at each gathering.  Meetings usually take place after the 11:30AM Mass on one Sunday each month.  New members are always welcomed!  Contact Father Young for more information.

 ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Saint Paul Church is pleased to offer many opportunities for adults to deepen their relationship with Christ and to grow in faith.  Bible studies, retreats, workshops and presentations are offered throughout the year.  These opportunities are advertised on the parish website and in the bulletin.  Additionally, the diocese offers many social, educational and faith-sharing events for adults. Click here to learn more.

 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Saint Paul Church offers adults who wish to enter the Catholic Church a process which provides initiation into the Catholic Faith. This process includes interaction with parishioners, Bible Study, discussions, prayer and reflection, and input. The R.C.I.A. also prepares Catholic adults for Sacraments they have not received, especially Holy Communion and Confirmation.  Contact Deacon Paul Shea for more information.