FAQ

When should I begin taking my child to Mass?
Children need to be exposed to Sunday worship from their earliest years. They should attend Mass regularly each Sunday even as babies. Many parents are nervous that their young children will not “behave” for one hour of worship. Our parish community is a family and young children need to have the exposure to their “family” or they will forever be seen as strangers. They need to be exposed to the sights, sounds, smells and rituals of Mass. Gradually, through love and patience, they will learn proper behavior and responses. Our parish community rejoices at the sight of our youngest members. Their presence at Mass each week assures us of our future.

When should I start my child in the parish Religious Education program?
Most religious educators would agree that the earlier the better. Our parish begins it’s “formal” formation program in the Kindergarten level. However, parents should be exposing their children to daily prayer and bible stories about Jesus at a much earlier age.

What prayers should my child know before entering the program in Kindergarten?
Children should know how to make the Sign of the Cross, and at least be exposed to the Our Father and Hail Mary (browse through our page on prayers for more ideas).

What is my role as a parent in my child’s faith formation?
Parents are the first and best catechists of their children. We are here to assist you as a team, but not to take your responsibility away from you.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children…This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith.” (CCC 2223 - 2226)
Pray with your children as a family, be open and talk about your faith. Go to Sunday Mass every week as a family. Use and respond to any materials catechists send home. Model Christian values at home in how you care for your family and treat others.

What will my child learn?
Please refer to the Policy handbook for a summary of each grade’s curriculum.

What if my child has special needs?
We make every effort to accommodate the needs and learning differences of each child. Please do not hesitate to call Darcy Osby (412) 561-0199 to discuss any adaptations or accommodations we can make for your child. If your child has an IEP and/or a TSS, we can incorporate those elements into our program.

How can I get more involved?
We are always looking for catechists to teach our children each week. We also need dependable substitutes when the main catechists cannot make it. Finally, we need volunteers to monitor the school office and front door during each CCD session. Each of these positions requires background clearances and attendance at a Protecting God’s Children workshop. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Darcy Osby at 412-561-0199.