St. Cyril : St. Cyril of Alexandria Religious Education

St. Cyril of Alexandria Religious Education

The Department of Religious Education at St. Cyril’s runs many programs for children and adults aimed at increasing their understanding of and involvement in their faith.  Each of the programs is guided by the Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Jean DiDonato.  She is assisted by Mrs. Kristen Frankovich, Catechetical Administrator for the Sunday Religious Education Program and Mrs. Jennifer Earnest, Catechetical Administrator for the Coordination of the Sacrament Programs.

Faith Formation
(Formerly Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, CCD)

Faith Formation classes for children in pre-school through grade 8 are offered on Sundays from 9:30-10:45 a.m., beginning in early September and continuing into May.  Children are instructed in the teachings of the Church by trained catechists using the Sadlier ‘We Believe’ series.  Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation are also.

Mission

To assist the parents or guardians in the Catholic faith formation of their children.  To guide the children in establishing a strong foundational relationship with Jesus Christ, and to embrace Christian beliefs and values.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

Prospective Catechists are interviewed by the Director of Religious Education and encouraged to participate in the Catechist certification program offered by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the fee for this is paid for by the parish.  Catechists and staff volunteer approximately 43 hours per year.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database, for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements.    

Membership

Volunteers include: 10 Catechists, 12 assistants, 3 office and hall monitors, 9 parent helpers, 4 music ministers, and a team of fundraisers.

Registration for the program is open all year, with a concentration in August to correspond with the beginning of the school year.  The materials fee for participation is $75 for one child or $125 for two or more children, and is payable by check to St. Cyril’s Faith Formation.   Forms are available via the link below, in the church vestibule or register by phone, 412-734-0505.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA welcomes all individuals considering becoming full members of the Catholic Church.  The program is free of charge.

Mission

To offer a prayerful and helpful program for those interested in inquiring about the Catholic faith and/or baptized Catholics wishing to complete their Initiation into the Catholic Church by celebrating their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

Sessions begin in late September and continue until the celebration of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.  Meetings are held one evening per week, and the specific evening is chosen by the group.  In addition to the RCIA sessions, there are the Rite of Welcome, special prayers during Lent, and the Rite of Election.  Rite of Welcome and Lenten prayers are during Saturday evening Mass or a Sunday 11 a.m. Mass.  The Rite of Election is held on a Sunday during Lent at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Oakland.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements.

Membership

Led by Mr. Richard Partridge.

 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC)

Held on Sunday mornings during Faith Formation time.  Children from both the school and Faith Formation programs who have varied backgrounds of sacramental preparation are invited to complete their sacramental preparation.  Due to the unique situation of each participant, the number of sessions needed for preparation is varied.

 

Mission

To offer a prayerful and helpful program for those children (ages 8-18) who have been presented by their parents or guardians to learn about becoming Catholic or completing their initiation into the Catholic Church by celebrating their First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. 

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

Preparing the children involves a variety of timeframes due to the different backgrounds of the individual participants.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements.

Membership

Led by Mrs. Chris Hoss and Mrs. Sue Renzleman.

 

Sacramental Programs

Parish second graders are prepared for the Sacrament of Penance, which they celebrate during Lent, as well as First Holy Communion, celebrated in May.  Eighth graders are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation through: Rite of Blessing Ceremony in church, retreat, service projects, Bible study and Catechetical preparation.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred annually in the Spring.  Students from Risen Lord and Incarnation parishes also celebrate this sacrament with the students from our parish.  The site where the sacrament is administered alternates among these three Parishes.

Mission

To prayerfully and conscientiously prepare the Parish children for the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

In addition to the normal second and eighth grade coursework during the school day and Faith Formation classes, teachers and Catechists are involved in activities related to their respective sacraments.  Second grade catechists and teachers prepare for in the evening Penance Service, the Jesus Day (Friday before First Holy Communion), and the First Holy Communion Mass.  Eighth grade catechists and teachers attend the retreat, Confirmation practice, and the Confirmation.  Both groups also attend an annual planning meeting.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements. 

Membership

Led by second and eighth grade catechists and teachers.

 

Bible Study

This group begins meeting in late September and continues into May.  The Bible study is every Thursday morning from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and is held in Axmacher Hall.  A variety of topics is covered.   No previous Scripture knowledge is necessary.  If participants choose to purchase workbooks and other materials there is a cost involved.  All adult parishioners and community members are welcome to participate.

Mission

To provide Scripture studies as continuing spiritual formation for the adults of the Parish.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

The leader of the Bible study prepares materials and discussion points for each meeting, as well as facilitates the meeting itself.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements. 

Membership

Led by Mrs. Terri Jackson.

 

Pre-Cana for Engaged Couples

The required Pre-Cana program for parishioners and non-parishioners is offered once a year in the Spring.  The program is usually held four Thursday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in the school library during March and April.  The fee, per couple, is $45, and checks are payable to St. Cyril’s Parish.

Mission

To follow the Diocesan program for preparing engaged couples for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

Team members are responsible for preparing for, attending and facilitating the meetings.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements.

Membership

Diocesan and Parish team presenters.

 

Wedding Rehearsal Ministry

The team is available to help with the wedding logistics at St. Cyril’s.

Mission

To provide a welcoming experience for the bride, groom, bridal party and guests so they are prepared for, and feel comfortable with the ceremony.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties

The wedding rehearsal team meets each April to review procedures and to schedule teams for the upcoming weddings.  Teams attend and conduct the rehearsal and are present for the wedding to assist in any way necessary.  From organizing the placement of altar flowers, to lining the bridal party up for the processional, the team makes sure the wedding ceremony and corresponding preparations are seamless.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Database and complete all clearance requirements. 

Membership

Ministry team members assist in the coordination of the rehearsal.

 

Baptism Preparation

The Baptism class for St. Cyril’s Parish is held on the first Sunday of each month from 12:15-1:15 p.m., in the school library.  These classes are also open to parishioners from Incarnation and Risen Lord parishes.

Mission

To welcome and instruct parents and Godparents on the meaning and procedures of the Sacrament of Baptism.

Volunteer Time Commitment and Duties
Preparation for and presentation of the hour-long Baptism class, and coordination of details for the Baptism.  All volunteers must register with the Diocesan Safe Environment Database for the protection of children and young people and complete all clearance requirements.

Membership

Team members.

 

 

Of Note

In addition to the many programs offered through the Office of Religious Education, other events are also sponsored by the office throughout the year: 

•Blessing of Animals, held near the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  Parishioners and their pets gather in the church parking lot for a special blessing.

 

Contact

For further information about any of the programs run through the Office of Religious Education, please email Mrs. Jean DiDonato at stcyrilreled@yahoo.com or call 412-734-0505.

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