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Faith Formation

Saint Kilian Faith Formation is centered on the development of true spiritual values, and the encouragement of the attitudes, understanding and behaviors of a member of the Catholic community. Our goal is to help your child to reach Jesus: to know that he/she is especially loved and valued by Christ.

Complete information is available below by clicking on the applicable boxes. Deacon Ralph Bachner is the Director of Faith Formation at Saint Kilian Parish and can be reached at rbachner@saintkilian.org or via phone at 724-625-1665 x.2103.

Catechetical Classes
and Programs (CCD)
Full details regarding CCD Registration and On-Site, Family Centered & Summer Programs.

Confirmation
in the Catholic ChurchFull details regarding your child being Confirmed in the Catholic Church and Sponsor information.

1st Reconciliation
and Holy CommunionFull details regarding your child making their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.


Catechetical Classes and Programs (CCD)

Our catechetical programs begin in Grade 1 and extend to Grade 8. Students who complete this program of studies are thus prepared to complete initiation into the Catholic faith through the sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 8. Please note that classes are available only to registered Saint Kilian Parishioners. 

Faith Formation Program Offerings and Options

In our on-site programs, students attend CCD in classrooms located in the Saint Kilian Parish Center. They share classroom space with Saint Kilian Parish School (Pre-K to 8) and have access to much of the technology provided in the building. We also offer a Family Centered Program. The Diocese of Pittsburgh curriculum will be followed through the Loyola Press, Finding God textbook series for grades 1 through 7 and  the Ascension Press, Chosen textbook for grade 8. All grades will include instruction on the Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL).

Below are the class dates and other required meeting dates and information for the 2017-2018 Faith Formation Year:

Option 1 - Sunday Mornings for Grades 1 - 5 (8:20am - 9:40am)

All Students will be dismissed from the Cafeteria. Parents are to park in the lot and wait in the Cafeteria for their child. No child will be permitted to leave the cafeteria unless accompanied by a parent or other adult responsible for the child.

Syllabi: Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5

Class Dates:

  • September: 17, 24
  • October: 1, 15, 22
  • November: 5, 12, 19
  • December: 3, 10, 17
  • January: 7, 21, 28
  • February: 4, 11, 25
  • March: 4, 11, 18, 25

Also Required:

  • 2nd Grade Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation/ First Eucharist  
    December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 2nd Grade Good Shepherd Day (Preparation for First Reconciliation) 
    Will take place with students during CCD on February 4, 2018
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day (Preparation for First Eucharist)
    Will take place with students during CCD on March 11, 2018
  • 5th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    November 8, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
Option 2 - Sunday Mornings for Grades 1 - 8 (10:20am - 11:40pm)

All Students will be dismissed from the Cafeteria. Parents are to park in the lot and wait in the Cafeteria for their child. No child will be permitted to leave the cafeteria unless accompanied by a parent or other adult responsible for the child.

Syllabi: Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Class Dates:

  • September: 17, 24
  • October: 1, 15, 22
  • November: 5, 12, 19
  • December: 3, 10, 17
  • January: 7, 21, 28
  • February: 4, 11, 25
  • March: 4, 11, 18, 25

Also Required:

  • 2nd Grade Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation/ First Eucharist  
    December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 2nd Grade Good Shepherd Day (Preparation for First Reconciliation) 
    Will take place with students during CCD on February 4, 2018
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day (Preparation for First Eucharist)
    Will take place with students during CCD on March 11, 2018
  • 5th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    November 8, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.

  • 6th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    January 17, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 7th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 8th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    February 28, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required. 
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting for Confirmation
    December 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)       
                                       
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat/Rehearsal
    Date will be announced after we receive the date of Confirmation from the diocese. (Student must be accompanied by a parent or their Confirmation sponsor.)
Option 3 - Monday Afternoon for Grades 1 - 5 (4:40pm - 6:00pm)

All Students will be dismissed from the Cafeteria. Our preference is for parents to park in the lot and wait at the entrance of the Cafeteria for their child. No child will be permitted to leave unless accompanied by a parent or other adult responsible for the child.

Syllabi: Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5

Class Dates:

  • September: 18, 25
  • October: 2, 16, 23
  • November: 6, 13, 20
  • December: 4, 11, 18
  • January: 8, 22, 29
  • February: 5, 12, 26
  • March: 5, 12, 19, 26

Also Required:

  • 2nd Grade Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation/ First Eucharist  
    December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 2nd Grade Good Shepherd Day (Preparation for First Reconciliation) 
    Will take place with students during CCD on February 5, 2018
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day (Preparation for First Eucharist)
    Will take place with students during CCD on March 12, 2018
  • 5th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    November 8, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
Option 4 - Monday Evening for Grades 6 - 8 (6:30pm - 7:50pm)

All Students will be dismissed from the Cafeteria. Our preference is for parents to park in the lot and wait at the entrance of the Cafeteria for their child. No child will be permitted to leave unless accompanied by a parent or other adult responsible for the child.

Syllabi: Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Class Dates:

  • September: 18, 25
  • October: 2, 16, 23
  • November: 6, 13, 20
  • December: 4, 11, 18
  • January: 8, 22, 29
  • February: 5, 12, 26
  • March: 5, 12, 19, 26

Also Required:

  • 6th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    January 17, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 7th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 8th Grade Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
    February 28, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting for Confirmation
    December 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat/Rehearsal
    Date will be announced after we receive the date of Confirmation from the diocese. (Student must be accompanied by a parent or their Confirmation sponsor.)
Option 5 - Tuesday Afternoon for Grades 1 - 4 (4:40pm - 6:00pm)

All Students will be dismissed from the Cafeteria. Our preference is for parents to park in the lot and wait at the entrance of the Cafeteria for their child. No child will be permitted to leave unless accompanied by a parent or other adult responsible for the child.

Syllabi: Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4

Class Dates:

  • September: 19, 26
  • October: 3, 17, 24
  • November: 7, 14, 21
  • December: 5, 12, 19
  • January: 9, 23, 30
  • February: 6, 13, 27
  • March: 6, 13, 20, 27

Also Required:

  • 2nd Grade Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation/ First Eucharist  
    December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 2nd Grade Good Shepherd Day (Preparation for First Reconciliation) 
    Will take place with students during CCD on February 6, 2018
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day (Preparation for First Eucharist)
    Will take place with students during CCD on March 13, 2018
Option 6 - Family Centered Program for Grades 1 - 8

This option encourages parent and child participation; meetings are held throughout the year and are opportunities for hands-on application of faith lessons. Attendance at these meetings is a required component of the Family Centered Program.

Textbook pick-up and review of the program is available during the summer beginning in July 1, 2017 for those who want to get a head start on the upcoming year. Textbook pick-up and review of the program is available during the summer beginning July 1st for those who want to get a head start on the upcoming year. For those who are new to the program or who would prefer to meet in person for book pick-up, please email Jo Scheller at jscheller@saintkilian.org.

Syllabi: Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

Mandatory Parent / Child Meetings for Grades 1 - 4
Part of being registered in the Family Centered Program is a commitment to attending the assigned meetings. Five meetings will be for parents and children in Grades 1 - 4. All meetings will be held in the parish cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. These gatherings provide seasonal catechesis as well as hands-on interactive parent/child projects. Each session will be offered twice to help accommodate parent schedules. At least one parent must attend with their child; siblings are welcome to sit in / participate at any meeting. Meetings dates are:

  1. Meeting #1: Tuesday, September 26 or Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (Cafeteria)
  2. Meeting #2: Tuesday, November 28 or Wednesday, November 29, 2017 (Cafeteria)
  3. Meeting #3: Tuesday, January 30 or Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (Cafeteria)
  4. Meeting #4: Tuesday, March 27 or Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (Cafeteria)
  5. Meeting #5: Tuesday, May 15 or Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Cafeteria)

Homework
For Grades 1-4, homework is turned in at each of the above meetings. Grades 5-8 homework can be turned in at any Family Centered meeting, Jr. SKY meeting, at the front desk, or by leaving it in the drop-box just inside the double-doors to the front desk (ATTN: Jo Scheller). All homework for the year is due by May 30, 2018.

Jr. SKY Requirement for Grades 5 - 8
Jr. SKY is our youth ministry program and meets twice a month, with a mix of social, service and catechetical events. Students in Grades 5-8 are required* to attend three (3) Jr. SKY sessions of their choosing throughout the 2017 - 2018 year. Events beginning July 1, 2016 through Jr. SKY count towards the required three (3) sessions for the 2017 - 2018 year (this includes social events, regular meeting nights, and the monthly St. John’s Bingo service project). Attendance is taken at these sessions and is recorded to track participation. No write-ups are required for those who attend the group activities planned through Jr. SKY. Permission to participate in Jr. SKY is required - a separate emergency/registration form is used during all meetings. Click here to complete this form online (this is in addition to registering for your CCD/Faith Formation Program). Click here for more information regarding Jr. SKY and for the Jr. SKY schedule of meetings and events.

*Alternative Options for Fulfilling the Jr. SKY Requirement
Religious events or service activities may be substituted in place of the Jr. SKY required sessions. Ideas include: attending a Passion Play, visiting a Basilica or attending a religious concert (examples of religious events) OR volunteering at a food bank like the Kilian Cupboard, collecting items for donation from your neighbors, visiting a nursing home, making fleece blankets (examples of service projects), etc. Each activity can count as a substitution for a Jr. SKY event. When the student has completed their alternative activity, they will need to email a paragraph of reflection to Jo Scheller with a summary of the completed activity or project, what they thought about the experience, and how it is pertinent to their faith life. Once received, an email confirmation will be sent to let you know that the event has been recorded.

Also Required:

  • 2nd Grade Parent Meeting for First Reconciliation/ First Eucharist  
    December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm in the Church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 2nd Grade Good Shepherd Day (Preparation for First Reconciliation)
    Will take place with students during CCD times in the Chapel (next to the Gym) on:
    • February 4, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:15 am
    • February 4, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am
    • February 5, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
    • February 6, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day (Preparation for First Eucharist)
    Will take place with students during CCD times in the Chapel (next to the Gym) on:
    • March 11, 2018 from 8:30 am to 9:15 am
    • March 11, 2018 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am
    • March 12, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
    • March 13, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm
  • 5th Grade Catholic Vision of Love 
    November 8, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 6th Grade Catholic Vision of Love 
    January 17, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 7th Grade Catholic Vision of Love 
    February 15, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required.
  • 8th Grade Catholic Vision of Love 
    February 28, 2018 from 6:  to 8:00 pm in Saint Kilian Parish Cafeteria – This meeting is for students only. Parents are welcome to stay but not required. 
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting for Confirmation
    December 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat/Rehearsal
    Date will be announced after we receive the date of Confirmation from the diocese. (Student must be accompanied by a parent or their Confirmation sponsor.)

Option 7 – Summer CCD Program for Grades 5 to 8 (July 10 - 14, 2017)

The Summer Program will be held July 10-14, 2017.  Cost for the Summer Program is $75.00 per student.  Registration for the Summer Program will be held through a limited-enrollment lottery. Based on the number of applicants and number of volunteer teachers a lottery may be required to award spaces in this program. Based on last year’s enrollment currently we need at least 2 sixth grade teachers and 1 eighth grade teacher to accommodate the anticipated enrollment.  We have announced at mass and in the bulletin, but no volunteers have come forward. If any parent would like to find out more about teaching or to volunteer, please contact us as soon as possible.

Please read carefully about the Summer CCD registration process found online by clicking here.

Parents who wish to submit student names for participation in the lottery can do so by clicking here beginning April 18, 2017 at 9am. The deadline to submit names for the lottery is midnight on May 2, 2017.
So that we might maintain an accurate database of submissions, the online form must be used, submission by email or phone will not be accepted.

Due to the popularity of this program and the limited number of spaces, we are not able to accommodate all who apply. Because this program is a concentrated catechesis, a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive behavior will be enforced resulting in removal of the student from this program and placement in the Family Centered Program for the coming year. Please advise your child of this policy. Friday dismissal is at 1:00 pm.

This one-week program will incorporate traditional classroom instruction, Mass, Reconciliation and other opportunities to grow in faith. Students will also receive instruction in the Catholic Vision of Love program required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh for all students in grades 5-8. Drop off for students will be at the cafeteria entrance to the school. Pickup will be at the Church as final events each day will be held in the church.

In addition to attending the Summer Program, students will be required attend three Jr. SKY events for the 2017-2018 school year. Failure to attend three sessions will be considered when registering for future Summer Programs.

Class Dates and Times:

  • July 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 from 9:00am - 4:00pm (except Friday, when dismissal is at 1:00pm)

Early Dismissals
While we expect students to be present for all sessions, we realize emergencies and other situations arise that may require an early dismissal.  Due to the movement of students and staff between the school building and Church, any early dismissals must be picked up by 1 pm at the school building. There will be no lunch served Friday and NO EARLY DISMISSALS ON FRIDAY. Friday’s session will conclude with Mass at 12 noon and pickup at 1 pm.

Also Required:

  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting for Confirmation
    December 6, 2017 at 7:15 pm in the church. (Parents only, students do not need to attend)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat/Rehearsal
    Date will be announced after we receive the date of Confirmation from the diocese. (Student must be accompanied by a parent or their Confirmation sponsor.)

The Catholic Vision of Love program (CVOL) is a required program for all children in Grades 5 - 8 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Information regarding CVOL at Saint Kilian Parish is listed below.

For questions regarding CVOL or to preview any of the material, please email Jo Scheller.

We are so grateful to have your interest in our Religious Education Programs! Teaching and working with children is a ministry that requires much love, sacrifice and patience but it rewards you with more than you will give. The first step in working with children in faith formation at Saint Kilian Parish is to contact Deacon Ralph Bachner at 724.625.1665 x2103.


Confirmation in the Catholic Church

Confirmation Overview
At Saint Kilian Parish, the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs for eighth graders in the Spring. The date of Confirmation is usually announced in December or January by the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Parents are emailed once we receive that date. The Rite of Confirmation does not include a Mass and usually lasts 90 minutes or less.

Confirmation Rehearsal
All candidates are required to attend the rehearsal for Confirmation. The date of the rehearsal will be announced once we received the date for Confirmation from the diocese. The rehearsal will be held on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks prior to the date of confirmation. The afternoon will last about 1½ hours and include instruction, prayer, reflection and rehearsal. A parent or sponsor must accompany the candidate to this afternoon session.

Sacramental Information
For more information regarding the sacrament of Confirmation, click here.

2018 Confirmation Details
Our Parish will celebrate Confirmation on Saturday, May 12, 2018  with Bishop David Zubik as the confirming Bishop. The Rite of Confirmation will not include a Mass and should last approximately 90 minutes.

Due to the large size of our confirmation class, we offer two times to receive the sacrament, 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Once a particular session is full, you will need to choose the remaining time.

A rehearsal and afternoon of reflection will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm in the Church. A parent or sponsor should accompany the student to the rehearsal.

As a reminder, if you have not submitted the information form (for choosing a sponsor and Confirmation name) for your son or daughter, you must do so at this link before May 1st.

A parent meeting is scheduled for either November 29th or December 6th at 7:15 pm in the Church to review the information previously emailed to parents. While this meeting is for parents only, children are welcome to attend. You need only attend one of these dates. Attendance of the parent meeting is optional as we have tried to include all details in the Confirmation Information Packet below which contains:

  1. Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
  2. Information on Choosing a Sponsor
  3. Choosing a Confirmation Name
  4. Service Hours Requirements
  5. Confirmation Sponsor Verification Form

Questions?
Questions regarding Confirmation can be directed to Deacon Ralph Bachner at rbachner@saintkilian.org or via phone at 724-625-1665 x.2103.

First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

2018 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Details

At Saint Kilian Parish, First Communions occur at weekend Masses during the Easter Season. A maximum of 20 children can receive First Communion at each Mass. Children must make their First Reconciliation prior to making their First Holy Communion.

  1. Information on Registration for First Reconciliation and First Communion
  2. 2017 Dates for First Reconciliation and First Communion
  3. Practice Dates for First Reconciliation and First Communion
  4. Practical Information about the day of First Reconciliation and First Communion 
  5. Materials to use when practicing with your child for First Reconciliation

    Sacramental Information
    For more information regarding the sacrament of Reconciliation, click here. For more information regarding the sacrament of Holy Communion (Eucharist), click here.

Questions?
Questions regarding Communion can be directed to Deacon Ralph Bachner at rbachner@saintkilian.org or via phone at 724-625-1665 x.2103.