Teaching Ministries

Elementary CCD

About us: We provide a comprehensive faith formation program to assist parents and guardians, who are the primary educators of their children, in the ways of our faith. Our program includes classroom instruction, liturgical and prayer experiences, and Christian Service.

We are reaching out to: Anyone who has a desire to share your faith with the young people of our parish would make a great elementary CCD teacher. Both the teachers and students benefit from participating in this program. The time commitment is 1.25 hours of class time for 26 Sundays each year, plus additional preparation time. Interested volunteers must be members of the parish in good standing, must complete training in the form of a volunteer in-service, and must meet Pennsylvania State Law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements. Additional training or assistance is available from the Director of Religious Education upon request.

Contact:
Michelle Robatin
814.266.9718 x302
elemccd@floodcity.net


First Penance and First Communion

About us: By following the guidelines set forth by both the diocese and our parish, we prepare our young parishioners, generally second graders, to receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion for the first time. This is an important and exciting time in the faith formation of our young people.

We are reaching out to:
Anyone who has a desire to share your faith with the young people of our parish would make a great volunteer. Volunteers help with retreats that vary in length from 1.5 hours to 3 hours during a one year span from May to May. Interested volunteers must be members of the parish in good standing and must meet Pennsylvania State Law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements.

Contact:
Michelle Robatin
814.266.9718 x302
elemccd@floodcity.net


High School CCD

About us: High School Religious Education is for students in grades 9, 10,
and 11 who attend public schools or are homeschooled. Students attend an
orientation session at the beginning of 9th grade.

We are reaching out to: High School Religious Education Teachers must be
member of the parish in good standing, who feel they can relate to teens and are willing to share their faith journey as a witness to young people in the church. They also must be able and willing to plan and implement lessons from provided text. Training is provided in the form of volunteer
in-service. Adults who volunteer must meet the Pennsylvania State Law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements. Religious education classes meet on Sundays from 9:00- 10:15 a.m. September through April with a break in December. The time commitment is generally 3-4 hours a week for 3 to 5 weeks depending upon the time commitment of the volunteer.

Contact:
Sr. Cindy
814.266.9718 x301
srcindy@stbenedictchurch.org


Confirmation Preparation

About us: Through confirmation preparation, we educate and prepare students from public, Catholic, and home schools in grades 9-11 to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation Team members are welcome.

We are reaching out to: Volunteers for the Confirmation Preparation Team should be Catholics in good standing who feel they can relate to teens and are willing to share their faith journey as a witness to young people in
the church. The time commitment depends on the level of commitment of the volunteer. Short training and planning sessions are provided with regard to the aspect of Confirmation preparation being covered in class. Adults who volunteer for this ministry must meet Pennsylvania State law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements.

Contact:
Sr. Cindy
814.266.9718 x301
srcindy@stbenedictchurch.org


RCIA Volunteer

About RCIA:  The Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is for adults who belong to no church, those who seek to be baptized, those baptized in another faith tradition and wish to become Catholic, or those baptized Catholics who have never received First Eucharist or Confirmation. The program is a process of conversion designed to welcome new members into the Church, and at the same time, lead every parishioner to deeper belief and renewal of his or her faith.  Beginning in the fall of each year, we gather to pray, study and learn what the Catholic Church believes and proclaims to be revealed by God. 

We are looking for:  Parishioners who want to participate in preparing prospective members of the church for acceptance into the Catholic faith through education, prayer, and participation in meetings and retreats, and assist in preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and receiving the Eucharist.  Volunteers must be Catholics in good standing who are willing to share their faith journey as a witness to those coming into the church.  Adults who volunteer for this ministry must meet Pennsylvania State Law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements.  The time commitment is generally two hours per week.  Meetings are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. from September through Easter. 

Contact:
Sr. Cindy
814.266.9718 x301       
srcindy@stbenedictchurch.org 


Vacation Bible School

About us: Vacation Bible School is offered to children, ages four through eleven, for one week during the summer months, Monday – Friday, usually from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Bible school always promises to be a fun and
faith-filled week!

We are reaching out to: Anyone who has a love for children and a desire to share your faith with them! Assisting our Vacation Bible School students takes various forms. Aides are needed to assist with crafts, lessons,
games, etc. Help is also needed to prepare and serve snacks. Whatever the job, our assistants have as much fun as our students and learn many valuable lessons too! The average time commitment is around 15 hours. Student helpers must be 12 years of age or older. Interested volunteers must be members of the parish in good standing and must meet Pennsylvania State Law and Diocesan Youth Protection requirements.

Contact:
Becky Lear
814.241.0483
blear626@gmail.com