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Faith Formation at SFDS

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Introduction to Catholicism

In the words of Pope Francis, “Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which precedes us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfilment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us. Faith, received from God as a supernatural gift, becomes a light for our way, guiding our journey through time.”

Our Introduction to Catholicism Series endeavors to open the eyes of participants to the liberating reality of the Gospel through a comprehensive look at the teachings of the Catholic Church. These sessions are ideal for those preparing to become Catholic, parents of school-aged children, those returning to the practice of the Catholic faith, and those who just want to know more about this faith “ever ancient, ever new.” Sessions take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the school hall from Labor Day to Memorial Day. There is no charge, but registration is required by e-mailing Father Eric Banecker (

Becoming Catholic

We welcome all those who wish to explore the Catholic faith to inquire here at DeSales. The first step is a conversation with a priest, catechist, or anyone you know who can speak to the meaning and significance of the Christian Life. All those who would like to learn more about becoming Catholic can contact Father Eric Banecker ( Adult Catholics who have not received all Sacraments of Initiation should contact him as well. Catechism classes for adults are offered as part of Introduction to Catholicism, which runs September through May on Thursday evenings at 7pm.

Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation (F3) is a model of catechesis in which parents and children (a.k.a. the domestic church) grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ by being in relationship with one another and with their community. Check out our monthly updates here. For more information, contact Patti DeBonis

Parish Religious Education Program

Our Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) is an opportunity for children that do not attend a Catholic elementary school to learn more about their faith and grow closer with God, especially by preparing to complete their Christian Initiation via the Sacrament of Confirmation and the first reception of Holy Communion.

Classes take place on Sunday mornings during the academic year. To register your child in PREP, please contact the rectory at 215-222-5819. Other arrangements for sacramental preparation are possible and can be discussed with Father Eric Banecker.