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Faith Formation for St. Joseph and St. Martin Partner Parishes is held on Wednesdays, beginning the first Wednesday in October until Easter, from 6:00 pm till 7:15 pm.  Our program consist of classes for grades K-5th and also Good Shepherd Atrium for 3 to 5 year olds.  Please call 724-694-5359 or 724-989-5725 to register new families.

Middle School students meet once a month. Calendar is in the development process.

Confirmation is received in the spring of 8th grade for those who attend mass on a regular basis and who have attended Faith Formation. They meet once a month beginning in October. Diocesan retreat is required for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. 

Reception of First Confession and First Communion require two years of Faith Formation and required parent/child workshops. 

RCIA Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is for adults who want to come into the Catholic Church. RCIA begins with a period of Inquiry, continues to the next stage of the Catechumenate for a deeper of the knowledge of the Catholic faith, finial preparation doing Lent to be received into the Catholic at the Easter Vigil.  The fourth stage is Mystagogia for opening the Mystery of the faith in the Catholic Church.

View the 2019-2020 Faith Formation Calendar


RCIA - Adult Faith Formation

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a journey toward becoming a full, participating member of the Catholic Church. This modern rite was restored in the late 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, but it is based on the ancient "order of catechumens," which dates to the earliest years of the church's history.

RCIA is a faith formation process designed primarily for adults who have not been baptized in any faith and are intentionally seeking God in their lives. Additionally, it is for those baptized in other faiths, as well as baptized Catholics who have never completed their sacraments of initiation, specifically confirmation and Eucharist.

Those who seek God as an adult have an opportunity to foster a closer relationship with him. RCIA helps people develop that relationship and discover great spiritual growth. Instructors teaching the fullness of the faith and relating it to holy Scriptures serve as guides. Individuals are aided by personal sponsors and a community of individuals with the shared interest of seeking out and coming to know God more closely.

The RCIA program guides the catechumen or candidate through four periods of development and three rites. Each rite marks the transition from one period to the next.

Please refer to the diocese website for further information.