Office of Life Long Faith Formation

All New!

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: Maxine Menshon ext. 200

St. Vincent de Paul Faith Formation Philospohy

Faith Formation at St. Vincent de Paul Parish:

  • Places Families at the Center
  • Encourages Active Discipleship
  • Is a Lifelong Process of Growth

Faith Formation Goals at St. Vincent de Paul Parish:

  • To promote active discipleship in the faith community
  • To help parents and children to develop a strong relationship with God through prayer
  • To provide resources to learn and understand Catholic doctrine

Class Days/ Evenings

In keeping with the SPIRIT of the New Faith Formation Curriculum set forth by the Diocese of Buffalo and being implemented during the 2017-2018 School Year, the following sessions are offered:

  • Sunday K-5 10 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Monday 6-8 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
  • Thursday K-5 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM
  • NEW Program!
    EDGE: Thursdays (6-8) 6:15PM – 7:30 PM

Grades 9 &10

Confirmation Preparation: Meets Monthly on Sundays 2:00- 4:15PM
See Separate Calendar for Confirmation Preparation Schedule

Home Schooling: If none of the above options work for you, home schooling is available on an individual basis. Home Schooling is not permitted for years where there is Sacramental preparation, grades 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Faith Formation Program

The St. Vincent de Paul Parish Faith Formation Program follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Buffalo in the structure and implementation of its sessions. In order to meet the needs of busy families and young people, there are options for instruction.
Students meet at their particular age/grade level in a discipleship group from grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade under the direction of a classroom catechist teaches Catholic doctrine, and gives witness to his/her faith by sharing experiences of God and the Sacraments.

New Curriculum

In the fall of 2017, St. Vincent de Paul Parish will implement a NEW FAITH FORMATION CURRICULUM as directed by the Diocese of Buffalo called Forming Disciples. This curriculum looks at the six tasks of catechesis namely:

 Catholic Doctrine: Knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic faith
 Liturgy: How the Church celebrates the Sacraments and enters into the mystery of God
 Morality: Living out God’s commandments
 Prayer: Developing a relationship with God
 Community Life: Love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbor.
 Missionary Activity: Catholic Christians serve God by doing good works in order to build up God’s Kingdom on earth.

Sessions for Grades Kindergarten through 5 are offered on Sunday mornings from 10:00 AM until 11:15 AM or on Thursday evenings from 6:15 PM until 7:30 PM. It is recommended that all children entering the first grade in their public school be registered for regular religious instructions. Kindergarten classes are offered for the convenience of our families.

Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)


Discipleship Groups gather on Monday evenings from grades 6 through 8 from 6:30 until 7:45 PM.



The EDGE PROGRAM is a unique discipleship group and is offered on Thursday evenings from 6:15 PM until 7:45 PM parallel to our elementary classes for the convenience of our families, so that you will be able to drop of all your elementary school students at one time for Faith Formation Classes.

Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry based learning program. It provides a safe fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.
Edge answers the needs of middle school students in a catechetical, fun, and relevant way and provides a firm foundation for their journey toward Confirmation and full initiation into the Church.