St. Peter Church

Rutland's first Catholic Parish

founded 1855

A Ministry of the Capuchin Province of St. Mary

Parish Faith Formation Program 


Program Objective

The mission of the Faith Formation Program of St. Peter Parish is to assist parents in the religious, moral, and spiritual formation of their children. Parents are the primary educators of their children, teaching by word and example. Our parish catechists support the parents and students by providing quality religious formation in a nurturing, faith-filled environment.

Through the cooperative effort of parents, catechists, and students, our children will grow in their love for God and knowledge of their Catholic faith.

Our parish will help our students develop their God-given gifts and talents and live as proud and contributing members of St. Peter Parish and the wider Catholic community.


The Faith Formation Program at St. Peter’s will be a multi age focused program of in class instruction and activities, in home instruction, and liturgical involvement through special masses and prayer services throughout the year. Older students will take an active role by working collaboratively with teachers to both learn themselves and to communicate the faith to our younger students. Our program is not intended to be only a sacramental preparation program, but a collaborative and community based learning experience where children, adolescents, and adults work together to deepen their faith and understanding of what it means to be a Catholic Christian.

The program will be designed to operate on a twice a month schedule, on Sunday mornings prior to the 11:00 AM Mass. Classes would be approximately forty-five minutes, beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at 10:45 AM and will be located in St. Peter’s Friary. Class experiences will be interactive and hands on, using the major seasons of the liturgical year to create direct connections between our knowledge of the faith and our participation in the worship of the parish. We will also work to integrate community service activities in the local community so students can make a direct connection between our faith and service to those in need. In other words, we will not only learn about the faith, but learn to live the faith!

The “academic”goal of the program is to set clear objectives that the students in the program can master by the time the program would finish for the summer in May. Focusing on learning objectives, rather than simply a number of classes attended, gives flexibility to families in the event that they must miss a Sunday class period. Suggested in home activities will reinforce these learning objectives for the weekends that do not have a Sunday class. All activities and lessons in the program will be directly linked and supported by weekly participation in the Sunday/Saturday Mass.

Parent Involvement

As parents, you are the primary educators of your children, teaching them by word and example. Family support and cooperation are essential to the religious formation of your children. Regular Mass attendance as a family and a genuine interest in your child’s progress serve as great sources of support and encouragement.

Sharing your own faith, assisting your child in learning Catholic prayers, and discussing class sessions and doing take home activities with your child will help to deepen their faith formation experience and strengthen your church/family relationship.

First Session and Teacher Volunteers

Our goal is to have our first organized session on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Friary. Once a list of names and contact information is established, a complete schedule will be communicated to parents and students.

We hope to have a rotating schedule of teachers/facilitators for each month, so anyone who is interested in being part of the program is asked to please contact the parish office or email Michael Audette at and he will provide you with the necessary information and requirements.

Please Click the Registration Button to access the Registration Form.

Please Click the Faith Formation Calendar Button for Class Schedule.