St. John Neumann Parish

Faith Enrichment for Children and Teens

St. John Neumann

The Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their children in the ways of the faith. The parish provides support in the religious formation of children through Faith Enrichment programs and sacramental preparation.

Programs offered for each age group are described below.

Registration begins July 1, 2017.

Families can register on-line.

Children are placed in sessions in the order that registration forms are received. Families are notified of their child's placement in late August.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Early education forms a strong foundation for faith development. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd provides this strong foundation beginning at age three, introducing children to story, song and prayer.

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St. John Neumann parishioners have the following options:

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Preschool through Grade 6)

This Montessori-based program is the religious education program at St. John Neumann. Children who will be three before September 1 through Grade 6 can participate. For more information, view Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Family Program: Homeschool Faith Formation at Sts. John and Paul

The Family Program combines home study (using the Finding God book) with 6 one-a-month Family Program meetings throughout the year. It is open to members of Sts. John and Paul and St. John Neumann parishes. Families should register through St. John Neumann and Sts. John and Paul websites. For more information on the Family Program visit

Middle School

Grade 6

  • Good Shepherd Level III (Grades 5 & 6) introduces the Plan of God - exploring themes of creation, exodus, redemption, and parousia as viewed through the actions of Old Testament people and events that prefigure the mystery of Christ we see in the New Testament.  Level III allows children to continue work on themes of scripture (parables and prophecies) and liturgy (Mass and sacraments) begun in earlier levels, while also introducing new materials including the Miracles of Jesus and the Virtues.
  • Students who have been attending elementary programs at Sts. John & Paul may continue at Sts. John & Paul with their 6th grade weekly Faith Formation or Home Study.

Grades 7 & 8

There are two choices for 7th and 8th graders:

  • IGNITE Middle School for 7th and 8th Graders

Meets every other week beginning in September on Wednesday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 pm) in Bovard Hall.


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High School

ENCOUNTER Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

This High School Faith Enrichment Program is for young people entering grades 9 through 12. Encounter is multi-dimensional, including education, service, prayer and community building. This group meets twice a month from 12:30 - 2:30 pm immediately following the 11:30 am Sunday Mass.

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Sacramental Preparation

An important aspect of faith enrichment is preparation for encountering Christ in the sacraments of the Church. Please click the "Sacraments" tab on the homepage to learn how children are prepared for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. For additional information on sacramental preparation, call Lale Virostek at 412-366-5885 Ext. 22.

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