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The Cresson Catholic Community Religious Education Program -  2017-18 year runs from September to June .  As with Catholic catechesis in general, the fundamental aim of our Religious Education Program is to put each child “not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ: only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity” (Catechesi Tradendae, 5). We strive to help each child know the Catholic Faith, to celebrate it in the sacraments, to grow in holiness, and to grow in prayer.   

 Our Religious Education program is made up of  2 components~ CCD Classes & the GIFT Program. Classes for Grades 1-11 are held on  Sunday mornings per month (Sept – June ) - 9:00-10:15am -in the St. Aloysius Faith Education Center. (Pre -K and children with special needs are served by our Atrium Program - see Catechesis of the Good Shepherd below)   In addition, families will attend the  GIFT program as scheduled.  Gift ~ "Growing In Faith Together" is an inter-generational program - designed to teach & share the basics of the Catholic Faith while we build family & community. Everyone in our parish community will be invited to join us for monthly GIFT gatherings, however it is built into our Religious Ed. Program for all our students and families to attend at a convenient time for them.  We will meet for 5 sessions from Sept through May, and gather for light refreshments, prayer and song, activities and learning. At least one parent or guardian is to attend with the student but all family members are welcome. We ask each family to choose which session will best suit their schedule. GIFT sessions will be Wednesday eve, Sat. eve, and Sunday morning in FX Centennial Hall. Please refer to schedule  below for exact dates.   If you have any questions please contact our DRE Mrs. Tracey Ingold @(814) 330- 9235, or email  ingoldsong@comcast.net.     God Bless You!

Cresson Catholic Community Faith Formation ~ Religious Education Calendar   2017-18

Serving parishioners of St. Aloysius & St. Francis Xavier

Sunday Morning Classes (CCD) held in St. Aloysius Faith Education Center 9-10:15 am.  

(If you cannot attend, please call our attendance # 814-886-2669)

    GIFT Program held in Centennial Hall SFXavier (see schedule for dates & times)


Sept 17            CCD

Sept 24            CCD

 Oct 1               CCD

Oct 4,7,8         GIFT – Wed. 6:30-8:00pm / Sat. 5:00-6:30pm / Sun. 9:00-10:15am

Oct 11             Wed. – Freshmen/Parent Confirmation Orientation Meeting with rite of Blessing

Oct 15             CCD

Oct 21             Sat. – 11th gr. Confirmation “SFU Firestarters” Retreat with Mass 9:00am-5:00pm FX

Oct 22             CCD; 9th gr. Conf. Retreat at St. Michael’s & SHYCON

Oct 25              First Reconciliation Retreat  6:30-8pm Centennnial Hall 

Oct 29             CCD

Nov 4th        Sat- 11th gr. Confirmation “SFU Firestarters” Retreat with Mass 9:00-5:00pm  SA

 Nov 5             CCD

Nov 12           CCD; 9,10,11 gr. Confirmation Fall Session with Mass, 9:00-11:30am at SA

Nov 19           CCD

Nov 26           CCD

 Dec 3               CCD

Dec 10             CCD

Dec 13,16,17   GIFT – Wed. 6:30-8:00pm / Sat. 5:00-6:30pm / Sun. 9:00-10:15am

Dec 24             CCD – No class, Merry Christmas!

Dec 31             CCD – No class, Happy New Year!

Jan 7                CCD

Jan 14              CCD

Jan 20              Sat. – FX First Reconciliation, 11:00am

Jan 21              CCD

Jan 24,27,28    GIFT – Wed. 6:30-8:00pm / Sat. 5:00-6:30pm / Sun. 9:00-10:30 am

 Feb 4             CCD

Feb 11             CCD

Feb 18             CCD  &   9,10,11 gr. Confirmation Spring Session with Mass, 9:00-11:30am at SA

Feb 21             Wed. –11th gr. Confirmation Candidate/Sponsor Session, 6:30pm at FX Centennial Hall

Feb 25             CCD

 Mar 4              CCD

Mar 10             Sat. – 10th gr. Confirmation Retreat with Mass, 9:00am-5:00pm at St. Michael’s

Mar 11             CCD

Mar 18             CCD  &     Jr High Youth Day at Bishop Carroll HS for Grades 6,7,8

Mar 21,24,25   GIFT – Wed. 6:30-8:00pm / Sat. 5:00-6:30pm / Sun. 9:00-10:30 am

Apr 1               CCD – No class, Happy Easter!

Apr 8               CCD &  Rite of Sending for 11th gr. Candidates & Sponsors at 10:30 am Mass at SA 

Apr 11             Wed. – Confirmation Rehearsal at Altoona Cathedral, 6:00pm

Apr 12             Thur. – Confirmation at Altoona Cathedral, 7:00pm

Apr 15             CCD

Apr 21             Sat. – FX Centennial Hall First Communion Retreat 10:00 am 

April 22           CCD 

Apr 29             CCD

 May 4              Fri. – First Communion  Rehearsal 4-5 pm 

May 5th          Sat- First Communion Mass 4pm 

May 6              CCD

May 13            CCD last day 

May 16,19,20  GIFT – Wed. 6:30-8:00pm / Sat. 5:00-6:30pm / Sun. 9:00-10:15am


The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium is a prepared environment (held in SA Faith Ed. Center) where children are offered an opportunity to develop a personal, loving relationship with God, the Liturgy and Holy Scripture.  The sessions are two hours weekly and are separated into levels for various ages of children.   Level One (for children ages 2 1/2 through Kindergarten):Sunday 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Tuesday 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm, Wednesday 10:00 am to 12::00 pm, Thursday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm ~  Level Two (for children 6 to 9 years old )Sunday 8:00 am to 10:00 am ,Tuesday 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm~ Level Three (for children 9 to 12 )Sunday 8:00 am to 10:00 am Please contact Gaye Boyer 814 248-5150 or cgayeboyer@gmail.com for more information or a tour of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Atrium sessions are open to all Religious Ed. students as our Pre- K formation and to /Catholic School /Homeschooled/ Religious Ed students as a supplement to their ongoing formation.

All dates are subject to change…please watch the church bulletin for changes and announcements