Faith Formation


At St. Patrick’s we use a program called A Family of Faith.  The Catholic Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children.  We see our role at St. Patrick’s as helping to equip parents to form and educate their children, and to help build a vibrant community of Catholic families who can support and uplift each other.

Family of Faith

The Family of Faith program is the primary Faith Formation program for children here at St. Patrick’s. In a world with more and more noise and confusion it is important that parents are equipped to create homes that respond to the call for families to be the Domestic Church. The Family of Faith program is a 4 year cycle, each year focusing on a different pillar of our faith.  The families come together once a month for our Family of Faith meetings for fellowship and prayer.

Sacramental Preparation Classes

The Diocese of Manchester confers sacraments on children in what is known as the "Restored Order."  This is different than the way most adults received their sacraments, but goes back to the earliest times of the Catholic Church when the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation were often celebrated together.   Children in their 2nd grade year of school make their First Confession, and sutdents in their 3rd grade year receive their Confirmation from the bishop and receive their First Holy Communion during the same Mass.

It is important to note that Sacramental Preparation is a 2 year program.  Children who don't enroll in their 2nd grade year in the sacramental preparation program will still need to complete the 2 full years of preparation before they can receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a wonderful program we are blessed to be able to offer here at St. Patrick's.  This program is a supplement to the Family of Faith program, and children must be enrolled and attending the Family of Faith program to attend the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Lessons are given in the Atrium a beautiful space full of materials that draw children into the wonder and mystery of God and His truths.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding registration requirements to Mary Pollock, Director of Faith Formation at









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