St. Peter Parish, Cambridge

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

100 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2306 | (617) 547-4235 |

Faith Formation

Faith formation—spiritual and educational—is a lifelong undertaking.  It is also the co-responsibility of each parishioner and the parish at large, working together, to grow in faith, to learn about our Church, its worship, history, teachings, and good works, and to share our faith, knowledge, and talents with each other and the world beyond our parish.  Here at Saint Peter Parish, we endeavor to provide the environment and resources to promote these goals for everyone, of all ages—adults, children, families, single people, married people, retired people, and those who are homebound.

The most important and fundamental act of faith formation and learning is to gather regularly, as the people of God, around the Lord’s Table for Sunday Mass.  It is in the celebration of the Eucharist that we hear and learn from God’s Word, share our gifts, praise our Creator, and share together, in communion, the meal of thanksgiving, the actual Body and Blood of Christ.  All of our faith formation and religious education activities are grounded in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

We offer a wide range of spiritual and educational opportunities for all ages.


Faith Sharing and Prayer Groups

A monthly prayer group meets the first Tuesday of each month, in the parish center, except during the summer.  A diverse group joins together for reflection, discussion, prayer, and encouragement on their spiritual journey.  The group also engages in a small service project together twice a year.  Please email Liane D’Alessandro if you have questions or are interested in joining –; or call the parish office for information 617 547 4235 x112.

A small faith sharing group meets monthly on Sunday mornings.  This group gathers for reflection, discussion and prayer.

If you would like more information or have any questions, please call or email Bob Flaherty at 617-547-4235 x116,

Scripture Study

Various opportunities for study of the Scriptures are offered throughout the year, from one-hour lectures and discussions to six-week series.  Past offerings have included lectures on the passion and infancy narratives of St. Matthew and weekly study groups on the parables.  View the bulletin and web site for future offerings.

Dinner and Discussion and Saturday Morning Retreats

We periodically offer Dinner and Discussion on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8:00 PM and Saturday morning retreats from 8:30 – noon.  Prior topics included “How do we live our faith?” and “Spirituality and Aging.”  Check the bulletin and web site for future gatherings.

Communal Penance Service

We offer a communal penance service twice each year—during Advent and Lent.  Join us in Word, prayer and song as together we thank God for his mercy and love.  Priests will be available for individual confessions and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  This is an excellent opportunity to pray and receive the sacrament together as a family.


Religious Education Classes for Children in Grades K – 5

For children, the primary place where they learn about and experience their faith is in their homes.  Their primary educators are their parents and adult caretakers.  We are not currently offering in-person classes because of Covid 19. We will be offering families resources to be used at home. We will notify everyone who has participated in our program before. If you are new to our parish or religious education program, please email Bob Flaherty at for information and to be added to our contact list.

Preparation for the Sacraments of Eucharist

The St. Peter Parish First Communion program is open to all children who are baptized into the Catholic Church (or certain other Christian denominations), who are at least in the second grade, whose families are parishioners of St. Peter Parish, and who are sufficiently prepared and instructed about the sacrament. We celebrate sacraments as a parish-wide community event. While Covid-19 restrictions are in place, our program includes home preparation and bi-weekly virtual classes 30 minutes long, Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM. Resources will be sent to you by mail and email. Each family will receive an easy-to-use book on the Eucharist and a small guide to the Mass. More details and a schedule, along with links to meetings, will be emailed to you separately. The first meeting is for parents, on October 24, 2021. Participation in Sunday Mass, the Eucharist, is a vital part of sacramental preparation and of our Catholic faith community. Attending Mass in person during the pandemic is a personal choice for families, one that we respect and support. We do encourage those who do not attend to watch Mass online as a family. This time of shared worship and learning is invaluable to children’s faith development. For more information and to register, please email or call Bob Flaherty at or 617-547-4235 x116.

Grades 6 – 9

We cannot offer an in-person program for 2020-2021.  We will provide resources to families to use at home.  If you would like to be added to our notification list, please email Bob Flaherty at

Confirmation Preparation (Grade 10)

Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Spirit to make us stronger Christians and true witnesses of Jesus Christ.  It is a sacrament of initiation, which begins with Baptism and continues through Eucharist.  We offer a one-year program for students in Grade 10. However, candidates can begin their preparation in the latter years of high school as well.

For 2021-2022, we offer a limited in-person program and half-day retreat if it is safe to do so.

We will have a Confirmation liturgy in the spring of 2021.

Please email Bob Flaherty at or call 617-547-4235 x116 for more information and to register.