Monday, April 24, 2017

Faith Formation

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph 3:17-19

Faith Formation has as its’ goal to bring Catholics of all ages closer to God and guiding them in their development of a disciple’s heart as well as fostering the mind for a lifelong relationship to the Triune God and Christ’s Church.

 

Youth Ministry

At Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, we offer a variety of programs and events for our parish youth which supports them in their growing relationships with God, family and friends. This means high school youth have opportunities which are:

  • Social
  • Prayerful
  • Educational
  • Service-oriented

Our youth minister is Jennifer Michalka who can be reached at 412-882-5023, ext. 1501 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Children with Special Needs Faith Formation Program

Using the Rose Kennedy Religious Education Curriculum for Children and Adults with Special Needs, and materials from Loyola and Dayton University this program is oriented to children with cognitive and learning differences.

While preferred, the degree of mainstreaming within another program depends upon the preparation, support structures and abilities of volunteer catechetical staff to create the best possible formative experience with the child. As a volunteer driven program we do our best to provide the best learning situation for all children. If you have a child with special needs, every effort will be made to work with you to provide a program of formation that best suits your child's needs.

If you would like more information on the Faith Formation for Elementary Students program or have a question, please call the Faith Formation office at 412-882-5023 to speak with Kristina Centinaro or Jennifer Michalka.

 

Family Program

Saint Elizabeth of Hungary also offers a Family Program of Faith Formation where families meet on-site for a session and continue this formation at home with parents as the primary teachers of faith for the children of their family for three weeks a month. The Family Program uses Sadlier WE BELIEVE and Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

Additionally, supplemental activities and materials are provided by the Faith Formation Office in the context of the monthly meetings.

 

On-site Faith Formation Program

Our parish offers weekly Faith Formation sessions on-site for children ages PreK through Grade 8.

Classes meet September through April and are staffed by volunteer catechists (teachers) and assistants. The sessions are 90 minutes and start in the classrooms in St. Pius X Hall and finish in the Church where parents and other interested friends are welcome to join us for continued learning and closing prayer .

Read more: On-site Faith Formation Program

Children's Faith Formation

Our Parish offers a variety of faith formation programs to support all families at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. These include On-site programs, Family with a Home School component, and Faith Formation for Children with Special Needs.

 

Martha and Mary Ministry

This organization, open to all women of the parish, meets monthly to learn about different topic of our Catholic faith, share "recipes" of faith, pray, and provide social opportunity in a different home each month.

 

Catholic Men's Fellowship

The mission of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship is a response to the call made by Pope John Paul II for a new evangelization, particularly the reinvigoration of faith among Catholics.

Our mission is:

  1. To raise awareness among Catholic Men of their need to re-experience the spiritual awakening they originally received at their baptism, to nurture and deepen their ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ through working with the Holy Spirit, so single and married men can accept their God-given roles as individuals in families, marriages, and churches.
  2. To encourage men to seek opportunities for faith-formation which may include forming or participating in a men’s faith sharing group at the parish level
  3. To affirm and encourage our clergy while enthusiastically encouraging men a) to recognize their healing potential for our church and b) teaching men how to proactively support their Catholic faith at the family, parish, and community levels.

The men of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary’s Catholic Men’s Fellowship groups would like to extend a special invitation to all of the men of the parish to join us for fellowship in sharing our faith and growing deeper in our faith as Catholic men.

There are currently three groups that meet on a weekly basis (Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday mornings). For more information visit the Catholic Men’s Fellowship website at www.cmfpitt.org .

 

Bible Studies

Bible Study is an informal meeting of individuals who strive to increase their knowledge and understanding of God’s Holy Word. We typically choose a book of the Bible and study it chapter by chapter over a period of several weeks or months. During Lent and Advent, we concentrate on the Sunday lectionary readings. We welcome all who would like to join us. We offer both morning and evening bible studies. Our morning Bible Study meets one time per month on Mondays. Our evening Bible Study is conducted year-round on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in St. Pius Hall.

 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA provides a journey of instruction, transformation, support, and encouragement to non-Catholics inquiring about our faith and to baptized Catholics who may need to complete their initiation into the Church with Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation. We look for members who are willing to serve as mentors and educators of the faith.

 

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

Centered on a curriculum based on scripture, church teachings, morality, and worship, Adult Faith Formation provides ongoing educational opportunities for members of our parish who are 18 years of age and older. Adult Faith Formation also includes our Marriage Preparation Program, Rite of The Christian Initiation of Adults, Confirmation Preparation for Adults, and a variety of other workshops and seminars.