Faith Formation

Faith is a gift from God, one that involves God's invitation to relationship and our response to that invitation. At Holy Innocents Parish we offer a variety of opportunities for people designed to enable them to fully understand and embrace the nature of their relationship with God and their role in the Church. It is only through our being formed and informed in our Faith that we can be transformed by our relationship with God.

Grade School Students

Holy Innocents Area Catholic Elementary School
Holy Innocents School for students Pre-K through 8 is staffed by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a dedicated lay faculty. The primary purpose is to form the children in our Catholic Faith and instill in them Christian values. For more information, visit www.holyinnocentsaces.org.

CCD
CCD is the Parish Religious Education Program for children attending non-Catholic schools. Classes for students in grades 1 to 8 are held every Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM in the school. For more information, please contact Mrs. Rosa Laboy-Ramos at 215-743-6158 or rramos@holyinnocentsrc.org.

Sacramental Preparation Program
Baptized children from grade two and up who are in their second consecutive year of CCD classes may receive First Penance and First Communion. First Penance is celebrated during the winter and First Communion is celebrated in the spring. Children from grade six and up and who are at least in their second consecutive year of classes for Confirmation Preparation may receive Confirmation. Confirmation is celebrated in the spring. For more information, please contact Mrs. Rosa Laboy-Ramos at 215-743-6158 or rramos@holyinnocentsrc.org.

Liturgy of the Word for Children
This is offered for children in Pre-K through 3rd grades during the 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Masses from September through May. Children are led from the Church after the Opening Prayer for their own Liturgy of the Word and instruction. They return to the Church for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

High School Students

The Holy Innocents Youth group is for all high school students of the parish interested in learning more about their Catholic faith, living out their Catholic faith, and making friends and having fun with other Catholic teens from the parish. This includes those high school students who need to receive the sacraments. The group meets every Tuesday night from 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM in the parish hall from October through June. Aside from our weekly meetings, the youth group also participates in other parish activities, and goes on trips together, both religious and social in nature. For more information, please contact Mrs. Rosa Laboy-Ramos at 215-743-6158 or rramos@holyinnocentsrc.org.

Adults

Through the year, Holy Innocents Parish sponsors various programs to assist adults develop and strengthen their faith. These programs include Bible Classes, Retreats, and Evenings of Reflection. Please consult the Sunday Bulletin for scheduled programs.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The RCIA is the process for persons desiring to become full members of the Catholic Church. These include those who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition, and those who were baptized Catholic, but have not received Eucharist and/or Confirmation. The process includes instruction in the teachings of the Catholic Church, reflection on the message of Jesus in the Gospel and participation in Sunday liturgy. The RCIA Sessions are on Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM in English and Spanish. Adult initiation usually takes place during the Easter Vigil. For more information, please contact Sister Kathleen Anderson at 215-743-2600 or skma@comcast.net.