Whole Community Catechesis
St. Cornelius Parish School
The foremost purpose of St. Cornelius School is to provide an atmosphere in which all of our children will come to know and experience life in Jesus and the spirit. As a Catholic Community, we are committed to transmitting a sound moral doctrine and example to all those children whose parents share their child's welfare with us. We have a growing need for volunteers from the parish community and welcome your help, especially at lunch and recess. If you have a talent for tutoring in a particular subject, or you might be willing to help chaperone students during lunch, please call the parish Life Center.
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)
"The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people 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." - Pope John Paul II, On Catechesis in Our Time, 6
To fulfill that aim on the elementary level, St. Cornelius Church provides religious education classes for grades 1 through 8 for children who do not attend Catholic School. Registered members of St. Cornelius may enroll their children in CCD. There is a general registration during late winter/early spring. The deadline for registration is May 15.
For First Penance and First Holy Communion, two years of preparation are necessary. First Penance takes place during Lent of 2nd grade and First Holy Communion takes place during Easter Season. Confirmation requires three years of preparation and usually takes place in the spring of 6th grade.
There is always some kind of paperwork required with any organization. We require a Baptism certificate if your child was not baptized at St. Cornelius. If there is a formal custody agreement, a copy of that is also required. If your child has an IEP from the school district, that will be helpful to provide the best environment for learning.
Our Catechists and aides are all volunteers. If you feel called to be a catechist or aide, support and training will be provided by the Director of Religious Education and your fellow catechists. For the safety of our children, background checks are required by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and we can guide you through the process.
Faith formation beings at home. St. Cornelius CCD Program supports the good work that you are doing with your children to have a close, personal relationship with Jesus in the Blessed Trinity and to know and understand the Catholic Faith.
Pre-Cana or Marriage Preparation requires at least six months to assist engaged couples to prepare for marriage. Those who wish to receive the sacrament of Matrimony should call the Parish Life Center to make an appointment with the Pastor and begin this preparation. Time is created to enable you to honestly discuss your strengths and your issues regarding family living, communication, finances, Christian sexuality, the sacrament of Matrimony and your role in the Church and Society.
Through Pre-Jordan and Baptismal preparation you have, in cooperation with God's creative love, given your child breath and now wish to give that child real life through the sacrament of Baptism. You will be your child's first teacher in the ways of faith. To help you prepare for this responsibility, you are requested to participate in a Baptismal preparation class.
Marriage encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together. It is a time to share their feelings, hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations openly and honestly in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person he or she has chosen to live with for the rest of his or her life. The emphasis is on communication between husband and wife.
Divorce and Separation Discussions
If you are divorced or separated and would like to discuss any issues pertaining to your situation, please contact the Parish Life Center to make an appointment.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Thinking about becoming Catholic? Know someone who is not Catholic? Want to know about the Catholic faith? R.C.I.A. is available to anyone who wishes to receive one or all of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. It is also the program for you if you want to catch up with our faith. Most importantly, we welcome anyone who might want to learn more about the Catholic faith.
As a parish, we are always praying that young men and women will listen, hear, and respond to God's call to serve others through a religious vocation. Pope John Paull II said that there is an urgent need for "workers of reconciliation, witnesses of the truth that saves and builders of the one true and lasting peace based on justice and forgiveness". We ask for your intercessory prayers at Mass and during Eucharistic Adoration. Information on becoming a priest, deacon or nun is available through the Pastor. Our Pastor is available to provide guidance in discerning the call to religious life.