Faith Formation Ministries
Baptismal Catechesis Team: Each month up to 8 children are welcomed into the Christian Community at St. Peter Parish. Usually on the Thursday evening proceeding the first Sunday of the month (the Day of Baptism), a Baptism Preparation Class is held. The class is for both parents and godparents. Our Baptismal Preparation Team, including our Deacon, seeks to prepare parents for their child’s baptism. The Team welcomes families to their faith community, educates parents about the meaning and symbolism of the Sacrament, and attempts to involve parents in a reflection of the presence of God in their lives. Our Team also welcomes parents and children to our Welcoming Mass and assists as Readers/Lectors in the Baptismal Rite.
Catechists: Catechists assist parents in the teaching of their children of Christ’s love and of the teachings of the Catholic Church. Catechists also assist in the preparation of young people to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. No formal teaching experience is necessary, only a desire to share their faith with the young people of St. Peter’s. They must be a faithful Catholic, who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and participates regularly in the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church.
There are two options for religious education:
Classes are held during the academic school year (Sept – Apr) for our youth in grades 1- 10. Classes take place weekly, or biweekly in the case of grade 10 Confirmation.
Our Summer Program offers classes for 2 two week sessions during the summer, for students in grades 3 – 8.
Co-catechists, substitute catechists, hall monitors and other volunteers: This group of volunteers assist the catechists and the Administrator of Religious Education in very necessary and supportive roles.
RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a process designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation and at the proper time will receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist or complete their initiation into the Catholic Church.
The RCIA program is a collaborative effort of area parishes and involves priests and lay leaders from each parish. Parishes participating in this program include St. Kateri Tekakwitha, West Plymouth; St. Bonaventure, Manomet; St. Mary, North Plymouth; St. Peter, Plymouth Center; St. Joseph, Kingston; and Our Lady of Lourdes, Carver. Participants meet together for instructional classes in the St. Peter Parish Center but meet for Sunday worship at their home parish. For more information, contact the Parish Office 508-746-0663.
Why Catholic: Small Group Faith Sharing: Groups gather together in a prayerful small community setting that is a supportive environment for evangelization and adult faith formation. The objective is to help adults deepen their Catholic faith and connect its teachings to their everyday lives. For more information, contact Patricia Donegan at [email protected]