+ For preschool children through high school students, Beloved Disciple is committed to bringing the Catholic faith alive and introducing the children to a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ in the family of the Church. Each age group meets once a week to learn the basics of the Catholic faith and develop their knowledge of our Church. Class enrollment begins in August, so classroom and materials may be prepared for September; students moving into the area after that time will be accommodated. For more information or to register, please contact Rachael Luther at (724) 748-6700 ext. 115.
Preschool through grade 5 meet on scheduled Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:45 am.
Grades 6 through 11 meet on scheduled Sunday evenings from 6:15 to 8:00 pm.
+ Educating our youth on the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the specific responsibility of adult and young adult volunteers in our parish. Using specially designed programs, Bible stories, doctrine, Scripture, prayer and the sacraments are presented from September to May in age-appropriate ways. Catechists are a vital component in the life of our parish. All catechists and helpers must complete child protection clearances before engaging in this ministry. If you are interested in volunteering to be a Catechist or Catechist Assistant, please contact Angie Felicetty at (724) 748-6700 ext. 112
Vacation Bible School (VBS)
+ A well-loved summer tradition for Beloved Disciple families, the Vacation Bible School program is coordinated with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. More than 100 children from preschool through 6th grade meet every morning for a week in June or July to learn about God’s immense love for them, as well as about Bible stories, heroes and saints of the Church, and pray together as friends. Information about this fun and faith-filled program is provided in the parish bulletin early each spring. If you are interested in volunteering to help with VBS, please call Michelle Boarts at (724) 784-6700 ext. 116.
+ Beloved Disciple Youth Ministry is a parish-wide effort to embrace the middle school and high school teens of our parish and walk with them on their faith journey. The mission to “Grow Catholic disciples of Jesus Christ and to awaken a new generation of believers” is being reached by incorporating fun and service through retreats and educational sessions for Lent and Advent.
All youth leaders and helpers must complete child protection clearances before engaging in this ministry. For more information about our Youth Ministry Program or to volunteer, please contact Melissa Ralston at (724) 748-6700 ext. 113.
Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)
+ For adults and young people who want to explore the Catholic Church, this ministry accompanies those on a faith journey and assists both the non-baptized and others already baptized. Team members create a comfortable learning atmosphere which includes reading and studying the bible, learning about the Catholic faith and discussing personal faith experiences. The discussion center on the Sunday readings, traditions of the Church and learning to apply Jesus to everyday life. This is an exciting and rewarding program for those that choose this ministry. For more information about our RCIA program, contact Deacon Owen Wagner at (724) 748-6700 ext. 110.
Kids For Christ
+ A program/youth group for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. All kids are invited to join us from 4 to 5 p.m. the Thusday before First Friday. They will attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 4:00 - 4:30 pm. They will then meet for stories, songs, crafts, games and prayer from 4:30 - 5:00 pm. Kids for Christ meets during the school year. For more information about Kids For Christ, contact Michelle Boarts at (724) 748-6700 ext. 116.