2021 Sandridge Rd. Alden, NY 14004

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Welcome to Faith Formation!

Jesus with children

St. John's Department of Faith Formation, 2021 Sandridge Road, Alden, NY 14004    
Phone: (716) 937-6959     Email: [email protected]
Catechatical Leader: Angela Behrend



      Last weekend was our monthly Families of Faith meeting.  Children in grades K-2 learned how to be Fishers of Men through the story of “The Call of the First Disciples.”  Children went “fishing” for fish that had examples of how they too can spread the Good News of Jesus.

      The Church dedicates the month of February to the Holy Family.  Children in grades 3-8 explored the Holy Family, and how Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are the model for all families through their unwavering examples of the virtues of faith, hope, and love.  Furthermore, we examined the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary.  We can learn so much through these mysteries on how we should live our lives as a family.  Families then had to reflect upon how the virtues of the Holy Family can be implemented into their daily family lives. 

“The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan

will be about marriage and the family…

However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”

Sr. Lucia, Fatima Visionary


Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

Pray for Our Families.




Important forms:

Registration Form PDF

Family Faith Formation Brochure



Confirmation Packet

Places for Service Hours

Service Project Reflection

If you have a 2nd or 3rd grader and didn't attend one of the sacramental prep meetings for 1st Reconciliation or 1st Communion, please contact the office after the new year. Preparation begins in late January, so don't miss out on preparing your child this year.



St. John's Parish believes Religious Education is a continuing journey of faith.  It is one that begins in the home and is reinforced by weekly classes.  We strive to teach the students the basic principles of the Catholic faith, giving meaning to the rituals and symbols of Catholicism and helping them grow in their prayer life. It is our desire to work in conjunction with their families. These classes need to be combined with their family’s daily commitment to practicing the faith (regular Mass attendance, commitment to God, service to others and good example).


Safe Environment Training

We can all be part of the solution--- together we can prevent child abuse.  All clergy, consecrated men and women and employees, are required to take Safe Environment Training.  In addition, all volunteers serving minors, working in food pantries or meal service, providing ministerial service in private homes or other facilities and/or administering service in an after school program must be trained. 

In the Diocese of Buffalo all volunteers over 18 years old must complete a safe environment training foundation class.  The current foundation training program is “Protecting God’s Children for Adults" which is a 3 hour program that provides steps that each one of us can take to prevent child sexual abuse. As a component of the training, all volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Application and Code of Ethics. 

After taking the Safe Environment foundation course, a renewal training through monthly online training is required.  

Please visit virtus.org to learn more about the Diocese of Buffalo Safe Environment Training, to register for  a training class, or to complete online training.

The Diocese of Buffalo encourages anyone who has been a victim of sexual, physical or emotional abuse by any clergy, consecrated life, employee or volunteer of the Roman Catholic Church to contact the police.

Please continue to pray for the end of all abuse and a greater respect of the dignity of the human person.

"Be Bold. Be Catholic." Decision Point