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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

Faith Development Faith Development Overview

Faith Development

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Those who are interested in finding out more about joining the Catholic Church are asked to please call the parish office. All inquiries are kept confidential.

Parish Membership

A heartfelt welcome to all new parishioners. We invite each family or individual to please register with us by calling or stopping by the parish office. Registration places you on our mailing list and ensures you receive up-to-date information on parish happenings.

Generations of Faith (formerly called Family Faith Development)

Our Vision
Generations of Faith embraces a vision of lifelong faith formation for our community. Here at St. Matthew's, our faith formation program is designed to educate, engage and enrich all ages. Wherever you are in your faith journey - just starting out or seasoned and still searching for God everyday - our program welcomes everyone to learn, grow and live in faith together. All are welcome!

So how exactly does Generations of Faith work?
All ages gather once a month for a learning session around a yearly theme. Children must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian. Participating households choose to attend on Saturdays 6-8pm (following the 5pm Mass) OR Sundays 11:30am-1:30pm (following the 10:30am Mass.) These sessions help participants explore, learn about and reflect deeply on the topic at hand. Materials are provided to encourage conversations at home and further learning. Our curriculum runs on a 6-year cycle covering the Liturgical Year, Scripture, Sacraments, Prayer and Spirituality, Creed, and Justice and Moral Living. While these themes are woven into each year, they get their own in-depth look once every six years. Our 2017-2018 curricular theme is Creed, and our focus is: Jesus of History, Christ of Faith. A typical session begins with a meal, prayer and opening activities to introduce the topic for the month. Then we break into groups for our deep-learning sessions. These groups are organized according to age, so that everyone can explore the same topic through age-appropriate activities, learning and discussion. We come back together as a large group to wrap up with closing activities and prayer.

2017-2018 Schedule
Choose Saturday 6-8pm or Sunday 11:30am-1:30pm
New this year: Sessions include a full meal!

September 30 & October 1
November 4 & 5
December 2 & 3
January 13 & 14
February 3 & 4
March 3 & 4
April 14 & 15

Learn more about Generations of Faith

Download the 2017-18 Generations of Faith registration form

Questions? Contact Joy Galarneau, Pastoral Associate for Faith Development: 765-2805 /

Confirmation Preparation

Registration is now open for our 2017-2018 Confirmation prep program. Teens enrolled in high school are welcome to enroll in Confirmation prep. Please be sure to complete the Confirmation registration form by October 9, 2017. Contact Chrisi Young for more info: 765-2805 or email at

Mark your calendar:
Confirmation Teen/Parent Meeting: Wednesday, October 4, 7pm

Download the 2017-18 Confirmation registration form
Download the 2017-18 Confirmation prep schedule

First Communion and Reconciliation

Households with children who are baptized and at least 7 years old are welcome to enroll in First Communion and/or Reconciliation preparation at St. Matthew's. Households with children preparing for these sacraments are expected to participate in Generations of Faith monthly faith formation sessions. Be sure to complete both the Generations of Faith registration form and the First Communion/Reconciliation registration form by October 1.

Mark your calendar: Wednesday, September 20, 7pm: First Communion/Reconciliation Parent Meeting

Download the 2017-18 First Communion/Reconciliation registration form
Registration is due by October 1.

Download the 2017-18 First Communion/Reconciliation preparation schedule

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