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. The group will meet on the first Sunday of the month beginning March 2nd after the 9 a.m. Mass in the school library. If you are interested please call or email Anna Molettieri at 617-547-4235 x117

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

We periodically offer Dinner and Discussion on Sunday evenings from 6 – 8:00 PM.  A few parishioners share their perspectives and experiences on various topics, followed by a general discussion at each table.  Prior topics included “How do we live our faith?” and “What the church means to us and how it shapes who we are today?”  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.  Our education program is designed as a shared undertaking between children, parents, and the parish.  In addition to Sunday morning classes (10:15 – 11:15 AM), parents will be given resources to learn about our faith and the sacraments at home with their children.  We will also offer adult learning sessions during children’s class time.  Parents are asked to participate in the children’s classes during the year.

Participation in Sunday Mass, the Eucharist, is a vital part of sacramental preparation and of our Catholic faith community.  All families are expected to make a commitment to attend Sunday Mass (Saturdays at 4 PM or Sundays at 9 or 11:30 AM).  This time of shared worship and learning is invaluable to children’s faith development.

Please email Bob Flaherty for registration information:

2018-2019 K-5 CLASS SCHEDULE

Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist

Children traditionally receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in the 2nd grade.  We also help prepare older children who have not received the sacraments.  Preparation is a shared undertaking between the children, catechists, and parents and adult caretakers.  We offer parent sessions on each sacrament, during Sunday morning class time, to help parents better prepare their children at home.  Special books on each sacrament are provided.  Children and parents also attend an annual “hands on” retreat, held on a Saturday in the spring, during which they actively explore the Mass.  The retreat includes unleavened bread baking, wine pressing, the Last Supper, a church tour, and making of festive banners.

Families with children who attend St. Peter School and who are not parishioners who worship with us should enroll their children in the First Reconciliation/First Eucharist sacrament preparation program at their church of worship.

Reconciliation is received when parents believe their children are ready.  We offer a communal Reconciliation service during Lent.  It’s an excellent opportunity for children to receive the sacrament along with their families.  The sacrament is also offered on most Saturdays from 3 – 3:45 PM and on Wednesday evenings during Lent.

First Eucharist is received during designated Sunday liturgies in the spring.

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

Middle School (Grades 6 – 8)

The focus of the middle school (grades 6-8) religious education program at St. Peter’s is to help adolescents make connections between their Catholic faith and everyday life. Built off of the foundation block of weekly attendance at one of the weekend liturgies, the sessions will help adolescents connect and participate more fully in the Church and its mission. Each session will present a different topic in an interactive way. The program also helps to prepare the students for Confirmation preparation, which typically occurs in the 9th and 10th grades.

Class Gatherings

Each gathering will be held after the 5 p.m. Mass, in the Parish Center, from 6-7:15 PM. It is our expectation that each student is participating regularly at one of the weekend liturgies. Having our gathering after the 5 p.m. Mass makes it easier for the students to attend that Mass. However, each family has their own preferences regarding which Mass better fits in their family schedule. Regular attendance is expected at all the gatherings.

There are also a number of special liturgies that students are invited and urged to attend, including Ash Wednesday and Holy Week. Liturgies take place in the church.

We also invite students to participate in community service and outreach opportunities, which will be scheduled throughout the year based upon the group’s interests and parent support.

To register for the Middle School Program and for a calendar, click the links here:



Confirmation Preparation (Grades 9 – 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.  The Archdiocese of Boston requires a two-year preparation program.  Typically, this coincides with the 9th and 10th grade (Confirmation I and Confirmation II).  However, candidates can begin their preparation in the latter years of high school as well.

There are four components to our preparation program.

Liturgical: We expect candidates preparing for this sacrament to attend Sunday Eucharist regularly.  On certain Sundays, candidates and parents and/or sponsors are asked to participate in particular 5:00 PM Masses as scheduled.  We also expect each candidate to attend specific liturgies during Lent and Holy Week, also as scheduled.

Service: We expect candidates to complete fifteen (15) hours of service per year. Candidates who are performing service as a part of school or social group requirements can most certainly use that service time to satisfy this requirement.  Summer months prior to Confirmation may be used to fulfill this requirement.  In March, we ask for a one-page reflection paper telling us about your service work.

Spiritual: Candidates for Confirmation are expected to grow in prayer.  Some consistent form of prayer each day is strongly recommended.  We will provide candidates with a variety of prayer formats they may use.

Confirmation II candidates must attend a day retreat, as scheduled.

Each candidate preparing for Confirmation should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this preparation time.  There will be ample opportunities during the season of Lent and Advent, please see bulletin during those two seasons for dates and times.

Educational: Once a month we will gather on scheduled Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 PM, immediately following the 5:00 PM Mass.  Pizza and beverages will be provided.

Candidates who attend a Catholic high school only need to register for and attend our program in their sophomore (or later) year.  These candidates do not need to pay a registration fee for the first year of the program.

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



Catechists/Teachers, Mentors and Program Assistants

An important part of faith formation is sharing one’s faith, and an excellent way to do that is to participate as a teacher, mentor, or assistant in any of our educational programs.  No experience is necessary.  We provide training, resources, and support.  Please call or email Bob Flaherty for more information: 617-547-4235 x116,