Faith Formation for All Ages

Faith Formation for Children & Youth

The role of catechists (teachers) is to put people in communion with Jesus Christ. The parish provides educational opportunities and guidance in supporting teachers. Catechists promote knowledge of faith, liturgical participation, preparation of Sacraments, teaching prayer and forming youth to live moral lives.

Elementary, Middle & High School Catechist – The catechist is essential to the catechetical experience in our parish. No text or video can take the place of an energetic, faith filled person who seeks to nurture the relationship of the children/youth with Jesus Christ. This ministry is a weekly commitment from September through April.

  • Team Teaching – First time catechists who want to become involved in teaching will be partnered with an experienced catechist.
  • Baptism Mentors Ministry – Mentors (individuals or couples) accompany new families to baptism preparation sessions, the baptismal ceremony, and are available after Baptism to support the family in living out their faith.
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS) – This one week summer program for youth in pre-K through fifth grade seeks leaders to conduct craft and story time, lead games and music sessions. Volunteers are also needed for registration and meal preparation. Adults and teens 6th-grade and up are encouraged to volunteer for this ministry.

For more information, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 377-8886 or arleneparisi@nycap.rr.com; katieannparisi@gmail.com

Adult Faith Enrichment:

Spiritual Direction – Walking on Holy Ground

Is God calling you into deeper relationship with him? Are you searching for deeper meaning? Are you in the process of discerning something important in your life? Would you like to explore a deeper prayer life? These are among the many reasons people seek Spiritual Direction. If you are interested in learning more about Spiritual Direction and potentially participating, please contact Pastoral Associate Peg Anderton at 347-9955 or stlukescares@gmail.com.

Advent & Lenten Devotionals

Each year parishioners and friends of St. Luke’s are invited by the Evangelization Committee to create a Devotional Booklet for Advent and Lent by submitting prayers, reflections, and experiences to enhance our learning, challenge us to live our faith each day and gain understanding of our shared journey of faith.

Book Groups

Watch the Bulletin and Website for upcoming groups!

Faith Sharing/Prayer Groups

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Scripture Study

Watch the Bulletin and Website for upcoming opportunities!

RCIA: How Do I Become Catholic?

God calls each of us at different times in our lives. Faith is a personal journey that only you can decide if you are ready to embrace the Catholic faith that can make a difference in your life.

St. Luke’s offers a process of conversion and instruction called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), to help you on your journey of faith.

What is the RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a formal process of instruction, prayer, ritual, community building and spirituality whereby adults are welcomed as full members of the Roman Catholic community. Adults are received into the Church through the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Who Are They?

Adults involved in the RCIA process are either Catechumens or Candidates. Catechumens are those who have not been baptized in any faith denomination. Candidates have been baptized Catholic or in another Christian denomination and now wish to embrace the fullness of the Roman Catholic faith through the reception of Eucharist and Confirmation.

How Long Does it Take?

There is not a set time period for the RCIA. Conversion, which is at the heart of the RCIA process, is a life long journey. However, the Church makes it clear that what is important is not meeting a schedule, but ensuring adequate preparation. Some adults require more time other less, depending on their spiritual readiness. Our process at St. Luke’s begins in September and concludes at the Easter Vigil. Those preparing for full membership in the Catholic Church meet weekly with RCIA Team members and sponsors. At any time during the RCIA process, you may choose not to continue or to continue at another time. This, too, is part of discerning how and when God is calling you to a rich, vibrant and faith-filled life.

For more information, please call Fr. Isopo, 346-3405 or SLRCC7@aol.com