Bible Study helps us to grow in our faith, learn God’s will, and be part of the mission of Christ’s church. Saint Raphael Parish offers several opportunities for group Bible Study and Fellowship. Please contact the Parish Office for information or consult this week's parish bulletin.
Faith formation, formerly known as “CCD,” is an integral part of learning more about our Catholic faith. Saint Raphael Parish offers classes in Faith Formation for Grades 1 - 8 on Sunday mornings from 9:30am - 10:45am. Since Sunday Mass is a vital part of living the Catholic faith, the Faith Formation class time is designed to allow families to attend the 11:00am Mass together after class. For more information about the Faith Formation program, contact Dolores Shipe, Director of Marriage and Family, via email or call 412.661.3100 x.27.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be offered for our youngest CCD members. Please contact the Parish Office or consult the weekly bulletin for further information or use the following links to register for 2017 - 2018:
Catholic Vision of Love (CVOL)
The Catholic Vision of Love program is a Diocesan required program for all students in every parish in Grades K - 8 (Faith Formation and Catholic School students). With a focus on Jesus, His beautiful love for each one of us and how we relate to each other, the program is designed to support parents in providing a foundation for each child to recognize the dignity of human life, how to respect each other, and the plan God has for each one of us. The program is developmentally appropriate as it builds on this foundation with each grade level. In Grades K - 4, the lessons focus on “stranger danger,” and Jesus’ love for us and how we treat others. The lessons in Grades 5 - 8 begin with pure love and friendship progressing by grade level exploring vocations, God’s plan for each person’s life, respect and dignity of human life and God’s plan for human sexuality. This program requires each teacher to be trained and certified in teaching CVOL, especially in Grades 5 - 8.
Saint Raphael Parish offers this program for Grades 5 - 8 in a retreat format. The schedule is posted in September for each grade level with retreats taking place on a Friday. Students attending schools other than Saint Raphael are provided with an excused religious exemption form. This form can be turned in to the Religious Education office two weeks prior to the retreat or the parents can take the form to their child’s school.
Parents may choose to teach this program to their child privately through the home study course by notifying the religious education office to receive the curriculum materials. There is a form that needs to be filled out and returned upon completion of the course.
Please contact Dolores Shipe, Director of Marriage and Family, via email or call 412.661.3100 x.27 with any questions or for further information.
During the summer, Saint Raphael Parish offers a Vacation Bible School to Pre-K - Grade 4 students. This week long Bible school is filled with learning, laughing, singing, making crafts, snacks and playing games. Adults and teens are welcome to volunteer to help out during this exciting week.