Office of Life Long Faith Formation

For more information and to register, please contact the Faith Formation Office:
Phone - (716) 297-5010
Fax - (716) 297 - 4648
Director of Life Long Faith Formation: Sister Mary Joanne Suranni, CSSF ext. 202
Office Manager: June Petrie ext. 200

Class Days:

Sunday: Grades K-5 | 10am - 11:15am

Monday: Grades 6-8 | 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Wednesday: Grades 6-8 | 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Thursday: Grades K-5| 6:00pm - 7:15pm

Confirmation: Grade 9 & 10 | usually the fourth Sunday of the Month at 2:00pm - 4:15pm

Our Faith Formation Programs

A traditional classroom approach is used for the Sunday and Thursday class structure. While parents are the primary educators of their children the Faith Formation sessions expand upon family faith rituals to form a solid base of prayer and belief traditions. We use the Sadlier published program as our base.

Middle School Program

We are pleased to offer two choices for the Middle School Program. On Monday evenings we have a traditional classroom style with the 6th-8th grades in separate classes. On Wednesday evenings we offer the FaithWays program that combines the 6th-8th grades for a unique hands on learning experience.

Traditional Monday Classes

The Monday classes follow the Sadlier published program. 6th grade is themed on “We are God’s people” and has a strong Scriptural base. 7th grade focuses on “Living our Faith as Members of the Church” with the 8th grade continuing the theme of “Living Our Faith as Disciples of Jesus”.


This Wednesday evening program for 6th – 8th grade is a way for students and families to be more involved in their faith. It is the only class option for Wednesday evening. A great team of 6th, 7th & 8th grade catechists work together to facilitate this terrific Wednesday class learning opportunity. This program has a three theme base, “The Story of Faith”, “The Story of the Church” and “Living the Story of Faith”. FaithWays is a more interactive program for students with more movement and activity. Some parental involvement is expected.


The Confirmation program is held on Sunday afternoons to help students coordinate their secular school and sport activities with their faith based learning. We use the Dynamic Catholic series, ‘Decision Point’ with Matthew Kelly hosting videos as well as the classroom setting. This program encompasses 9th and 10th grade students. See the Confirmation page for more information

Intergenerational Programs

As part of our Faith Formation program we have two Intergenerational Programs for the student’s families.

Sessions are held the second week in December and the second week in March and are offered on a Sunday, 10am-noon, Wednesday, 6pm-8pm and Thursday, 6pm-8pm. Preregistration is required with forms available on web site for families to download and mail in one month before the event. Families chose the one day that works best for their entire family

What is it? Whole Family Faith Learning

Where is it? Parish Center—Faith Formation Center, St. Leo Site

Who? Everyone in the family from kindergarten to adults (at least one parent is required to attend with youth). It is required for all Faith Formation Students.

When? Second full week in December and again in March. Watch for registration forms on Intergenerational Program web site!

Please contact the Faith Formation Office at 297-5010, ext 200 for details.

Our Formation Philosophy

As Catholics, we understand that faith formation is a life-long process. As with most “processes” there are particularly critical stages that can significantly affect the outcome. Parents sharing their faith with their children and showing a willingness to take an active role in their faith is an important component to this life-long process. This component is an imperative segment in a child’s formation. It is also the rationale behind the Intergenerational Family program, helping parents learn more about their faith, thereby being able to share our faith by example and word.

Our Parish goal of Faith Formation

Since the “content” of faith education is most clearly understood in the beliefs and practices of the people, then faith formation needs to be understood as an “educational ministry” that is embedded in and involves the entire parish community. Therefore, the opportunities and methods for developing faith are as diverse as the community of faith itself.