St. Francis and St. Clare
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Faith Formation

We recognize that as Christians, we are continually being formed in our faith. Our parishes offer a variety of opportunities for all adults to deepen and explore their faith such as: The Little Rock Scripture Study program, Advent and Lenten programs/retreats, Holy Spirit Happy Hours, Diocesan Spirit Alive! and faith sharing. Sessions are offered at both parishes during daytime and evening, as well as opportunities to sign out DVDs for home study.

2013-14 Religious Education Program

Volunteers Needed

St. Francis and St. Clare Parish Religious Education Department is in need of volunteers to aid in the classrooms. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals, who have received their confirmation and enjoy working with children.


Registration is ongoing. Please contact Donna Favia, Director at 651-4351 x308 with any questions.

Religious Education Program Schedule

September-April (Dates subject to change)

Ministry Center, Waterloo

  • Grades K-5 in Waterloo, Sunday mornings from 8-9:15 a.m.
  • Grades 6-8 in Waterloo, Sunday evenings from 6-8 p.m. (2x/month)

St. John Bosco building, Seneca Falls

  • Grades Pre K-5, Seneca Falls, Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:30 a.m.
Catholic Education

St. Francis-St. Stephen's Catholic grade school in Geneva provides pre-school, elementary and middle school education. For more information, contact Principal Stephen Tartaglia at 315-789-1828 and visit its website

Children's Liturgy

Offered every Sunday during the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick's Church, Children's Liturgy of the Word is an opportunity for the youngest members of our faith community to hear the Word of the Lord from the Children's Lectionary. The children return to Mass before the Eucharistic Prayer.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is a week-long faith formation celebration collaborated on by members of both Our Lady of Peace in Geneva and St. Francis and St. Clare Parish. VBS takes place at the Parish Ministry Center in Waterloo during August, usually the first week. This program is for students in grades K-5 and is free of charge. Contact the Faith Formation Office for details 651-4351 ext. 308

Little Flowers Girls' Club

The Little Flowers Girls' Club is a program that provides girls ages 5 and up an opportunity to learn about their Catholic heritage and traditions. Using saint's biographies, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Sacred Scripture the girls will learn prayers, earn badges, do crafts and study the lives of the saints. Contact the Faith Formation Office for details 651-4351 ext. 308.

Youth Ministry

St. Francis and St. Clare's Youth Ministry program exists to reach out to the youth in the communities to enable, support and advocate for young people to live as disciples through their involvement in service, ministry and leadership opportunities.

We are in the process of forming a Youth Ministry Team composed of committed adults who will serve on an adult advisory/planning committee and young people who will serve on Youth Council, a youth advisory committee.

The team will be responsible for needs assessment, setting goals and objectives and designing programmatic responses, which may include the following: scouting, sports, adolescent catechesis, confirmation, social justice and service projects, liturgies, retreats and social events.

Hands of Christ Awards

The Hands of Christ award is a recognition program sponsored by the Department of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Rochester to assist parishes in affirming their high school seniors who have been the "Hands of Christ" in their church, home, school and community.

Graduating high school seniors who meet the following criteria may be nominated to receive this very special recognition:

  • Has consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word and example
  • Has been actively involved in the parish as well as their school or community
  • Has been a positive role model to their peers
  • Is a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester
  • Is currently a high school senior

This award is presented to qualifying high school seniors in March. Nominations are made in December and January and mailed to Marie Leo, Director of Youth Ministry, 25 Center St., Waterloo, NY 13165. Please include the following information:

  • Name, Address, Phone number and Parish of nominee
  • Name, Phone number and Parish of nominator
  • Reason(s) for nomination

For more information, please feel free to call the Faith Formation Office at 315-651-4351.

Teen's Retreat

For more information on the Teen Retreat Program refer to the weekly bulletin or call the Faith Formation Office at 315-651-4351.

Men's/Women's Retreat

A men's and women's retreat is a quiet, prayerful weekend retreat for men or women of all ages, married or single, held each fall at the Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking Canandaigua Lake. The weekend includes discussions, reflection time and Mass. Many parishes have participants that attend.

If you are interested in partaking in this enriching endeavor, please contact Jim Shrey or Cate Blakemore through the Parish Office at 315-651-4349 or 539-2944.

Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

RCIA is a process for becoming a fully initiated member of the Catholic faith. It is for those who are seeking Baptism in the Catholic faith, those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition and now seek to be a member of the Catholic faith, and for those who have been baptized Catholic but have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This process welcomes adults, children and entire families who desire membership in the Catholic Church.

The program begins in the fall of the year and ends with a reflective meeting (Mystagogy) after reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil.

If you are interested, please call Lena Shipley at the Parish Office at 315-539-2944 for further details.