Getting Involved

Formation & Education

The Formation and Religious Education programs at St. Philip Neri Church are designed to help our youth learn and participate in their faith, grow spiritual and ultimately to support you in raising His disciples in the Catholic Faith. These programs involve our entire faith community with parishioners serving as catechists that enthusiastically give their time and talent to assist our youth as they grow in their faith.

Serving our Children 

Faith Formation (Kindergarten – 6th Grade)

This program introduces our youth to God in a meaningful way and conveys God’s love by providing an environment that encourages spiritual and developmental growth. Catechists, who model a living faith while providing creative learning experiences, educate children in the teachings and traditions of our Catholic faith while also preparing them for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and Fist Holy Communion.

Children must complete the First Grade Faith Formation program to enter a sacramental preparation class, with these sacraments then typically celebrated while students are in Second Grade.

Faith Formation classes are scheduled on Sunday morning 10:00 am to 11;15 am; Monday and Wednesday afternoon 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm ad Wednesday evening 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm, from September through May.

Catechist opportunities are available for adults and teenagers.

Contact Mary Harden at faithformationdirector@saintphilipneri.org or 803.548.7282 ext. 226.

St. Philip Neri Child Development Center

Every child is unique and a special gift from God, with each possessing special talents and gifts. The Child Development Center, operated by St. Philip Neri Church, seeks to nurture each child’s academic and social skills through a hands-on approach to learning. The center prepares preschool-aged children with the abilities necessary to enter Kindergarten.  It also offers children the experience of a Christian way of life.

This program is open to children that are two, three or four years old. Attendees must be age appropriate by September 1st. Sessions take place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Monday through Friday September through May.

For additional information 

www.stphilipneripreschool.com

Contact Audra Hesse, Director
childdevelopmentdirector@saintphilipneri.org

 

Serving our Youth

The nurturing of a young person’s faith takes place within the family.  As the parents are the primary faith educators, during these initial middle school years, it is our goal to build upon the foundation you have laid in their early childhood and elementary years.  This happens not only within the Faith Formation experience but through service opportunities, social events and retreats.  This program focuses on helping our youth to embrace the Catholic faith, to spiritually prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and to support answering the call to discipleship.

EDGE (7th & 8th Grades)

This program, which focuses on Christ’s teachings, provides a fun and spiritually filled atmosphere that encourages our youth to grow and share in God’s love through our Catholic tradition. Faith is put into action, with children taking part in retreats and community-oriented service projects.

Classes are scheduled on the first and third Sunday of each month from September through May. Volunteer opportunities are available for adults.

Contact Beth Donnelly at edgecoordinator@saintphilipneri.org.

Life Teen (9th – 12th Grades)

Life Teen, a movement that seeks to lead teens closer to Christ, is centered upon the Eucharist and consecrated to the Blessed Mother. Teens gather to build community, have fun and learn more about the Catholic faith. A core team of adults leads the teens into a deeper relationship with the lord through Life Nights, retreats and service projects. Additional events are also scheduled throughout the year.

Teens may find additional information about upcoming events by joining Saint Philip Neri Life Teen group on Facebook and following @lifeteen_SPN on Instagram and Twitter. Volunteer opportunities are available for adults and for parents to cook meals.

Contact Tayler Howie at youthministry@saintphilipneri.org

The Mass – Sundays, 5:30 pm
At the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass, teens and their families are invited to experience the depth of God’s love through the Word, the community, and the Eucharist. All teens are welcome to sit as a community in one section and are encouraged to participate as lectors, ushers, and extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.

RCIT (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens)
This class is for teens coming into the Church who have not yet received all the Sacraments of Initiation and those who have not been enrolled in Faith Formation for an extended period. Through a relaxed, small group setting, they discover the teachings of the Catholic Church, what it means to live your life as a Catholic Christian, and the beauty and tradition of the Faith. Teens in this program begin classes in September and receive their sacraments at the Confirmation Mass celebration.

St. Anne High School at St. Philip Neri Church Campus

Since August 2017, St. Anne High School of Rock Hill, South Carolina has been located in the Ministry Building at St. Philip Neri Church.

St Anne High School unites the long-standing, bountiful tradition of Catholic Education with a personalized learning experience. Students, who are strengthened by the grace of the Holy Spirit, are empowered to develop their potential as a human being, become virtuous leaders within the community, and constructive, active participants in the life of the Catholic Church. The school proclaims the Catholic way of life as manifested in Scripture, the principles of moral values and practices of faith, as it fosters individual growth in the virtues of faith, hope and love.

The Administrators and faculty of St. Anne School inspire excellence by educating the whole child – the intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cultural dimensions of his/her personality. St Anne School leaders believe that each of their students is called to serve humanity, with each administrator and teacher able to prepare students for this service by providing a strong academic foundation, a desire for knowledge and a sense of community.

For additional information 2016.stanneschool.com

SPRED

SPRED is a program of religious development specifically designed to meet the spiritual needs of persons of all ages with developmental disabilities and intellectual challenges. This program, which brings individuals into communion with Christ and the church, enables participants to sense his presence in their lives and experience Christ’s love and mercy.

Classes are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from September through May. Catechists meet separately before each SPRED session to plan sessions and pray for our SPRED community members. Volunteer opportunities are available for teens and adults.

Contact Mary Harden at faithformationdirector@saintphilipneri.org

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Vacation Bible School, which provides a fun and faith filled educational opportunity for children of the parish and community, takes place during the mornings of one week every June. Children learn faith lessons through hands-on crafts, games, music, skits and creative snacks. Children must be at least four years of age (by September 1st) up through a rising 5th grader. Volunteer opportunities are available for teens and adults.

Contact Mary Harden at faithformationdirector@saintphilipneri.org

Other Programs for Sacraments

Classes are occasionally offered for children in the third grade or above who have not yet received the sacraments of Reconciliation or First Holy Communion in the traditional manner.

Contact Mary Harden at faithformationdirector@saintphilipneri.org

Serving our Young Adults

Young Adult Ministry

St. Philip Neri Young Adult Life Ministry provides young adults (20s–30s), single or married, opportunities to grow in their faith and be active in the St. Philip Neri community through spiritual, service, and social activities. We welcome all young adults, members or non-members of St. Philip Neri, to join us for our events.

Information about upcoming events can be found at York County Young Adults on Facebook.

Contact Tayler Howie at youthministry@saintphilipneri.org.