St. Peter Parish, Cambridge

A Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

100 Concord Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-2306 | (617) 547-4235 | office@saintpetercambridge.org

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.

Adults

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 – liane13@hotmail.com; 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, rflaherty@saintpetercambridge.org

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.

Children

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.

Click the links below to register online and download a schedule.

K-5 REGISTRATION

2019-2020 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.  There is a parent session on the sacraments, during Sunday morning class time, to help parents better prepare their children at home.  Please see the class schedule.  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.  There is a parent meeting on preparing the retreat (see the schedule).

Families with children who attend St. Peter School and want to prepare for 1st Communion will be sent registration information directly from the school.

Reconciliation is received when parents believe their children are ready.  We offer a communal Reconciliation service during Advent or 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.

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

Grades 6 – 9

We will offer some Sunday afternoon sessions and community service and outreach opportunities in the fall and spring to help adolescents make connections between their Catholic faith and everyday life, based upon the group’s interests and parent support.

There are also a number of special liturgies that students are invited and urged to attend, including Ash Wednesday and Holy Week.

Please check the bulletin for parent planning meetings and scheduled events.

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.

We meet monthly on scheduled Sunday afternoons from 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM and then attend Mass together at 5:00 PM.

Confirmation  candidates must attend a day retreat, as scheduled, and participate in one Holy Week liturgy.

Click the links below to register online and download a schedule.

CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

2019-2020 CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE

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, rflaherty@saintpetercambridge.org