Faith Formation

Discover the foundations of our Catholic faith. 

Our Faith Formation Mission

We strive to assist children and young people in developing a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Strengthened by the celebration of the Eucharist, as well as the witness of family life, students will be encouraged to serve God and others as disciples. We ensure a safe and interactive learning environment using various methods. 

About Our Program

Saint Paul of the Cross Parish offers several catechetical options, allowing you to choose the method that works best for you and your family. 

Classroom Style Faith Formation Sessions:
  • Kinder through 8th Grade:     
    • Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at Saint Winifred (Session includes Mass)
    • Mondays, 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm at Saint Winifred (Session includes Mass)
  • Home-Based Faith Formation (Kinder – 8th Grade)
In addition to our on-site catechetical programs, we offer parents the opportunity to teach religious education to their children in their own home through our Home-Based program. Parents who elect to utilize this program are provided the resources and materials to teach the curriculum at home. Home-Based students follow the Faith Formation schedule and also require full participation in our parish formation gatherings such as Family Night, Stations of the Cross, and Penance Services.

Please get in touch with our office if you would like to learn more about how Faith Formation can serve your family.

Contact Information

We encourage every family enrolled in our program to join the Faith Formation group on Flocknote, a free email service that connects families enrolled in our Faith Formation program so that we can keep our families informed with updates, reminders, and newsletters. 

Please contact Mathew Scruggs or Colette Speca, Directors of Parish Faith Formation or Amanda Scruggs, Faith Formation Assistant with questions.

Colette Speca, Director of Elementary Faith Formation
(412) 563-1414 x27

Mathew Scruggs, Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Adult Formation
(412) 563-1414 x37

Amanda Scruggs, Faith Formation Assistant 
(412) 563-1414 x26

Faith Formation Office Hours (when classes are in session):
  • Sunday 9am-2pm
  • Monday 12pm-6pm
  • Tuesday 12pm-6pm
  • Wednesday 12pm-6pm
  • Thursday 12pm-6pm
  • Friday by appointment

Weather Cancellation Information

If Faith Formation classes are canceled, families will be notified via a Flocknote message. Faith Formation class cancelation information will also be listed with WPXI at


Jump-start your child's involvement in the faith. Register for our Faith Formation classes for Kindergarten through 8th grade or use our full-proof instruction books to help your child learn from the comforts of home. Our staff is here to help you imprint the foundations of our faith during the most impactful years of your child's life. Scroll down to learn more about our program and register your child in our Faith Formation Program. 


Our mission is to know, love, and serve God through prayer, fellowship, and service. 

Youth Ministry Kick-Off
Join us for our Youth Ministry Kick-Off on September 15th from 6:30pm to 8pm for some food, fun and games. We are kicking off our series called “Clearing the Way” where we clear all of the junk that we’ve been told to see who God really is. Youth Ministry will follow the faith formation schedule for days and times to meet and we will meet in the St. Winifred Chapel in the O’Shea Center  September we will meet the 15th, 22nd and 29th.

Pepperoni Roll Sales
The youth ministry is selling pepperoni rolls from That's a Wrap Cafe to raise funds for the 2020 mission trip to Columbia, SC. Individually wrapped 7 inch rolls are made fresh daily. They freeze well and make great appetizers for group gatherings! They cost $2 per roll or $25 per box of 13 rolls. Place an order by the end of the day on Sunday, September 22nd by emailing the total number you would like to Amanda Scruggs at 

Underground Student Ministries provides Christ-centered ministry for students in 6th through 12th grade. Each year we offer a variety of spiritual, social, and service opportunities for teens, including an annual summer mission trip. To find out what is happening in student ministry, check out our calendar or find us on social media

Equip Student Leadership Teams are comprised of high school students who take ownership of their faith and the direction of student ministry at Saint Paul of the Cross Parish. Student leaders have the maturity to inspire peers, influence friends, and offer encouragement and support to others. Teens in 9th through 12th grade who are interested in joining Equip should contact Matt Scruggs at


At Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, we believe that there is always more to learn about our faith. Throughout the year, we offer opportunities for adult education courses and fellowship opportunities. Feel free to check out the Ministries and Organizations at both Saint Anne and Saint Winifred to supplement your learning with charitable works and social fellowship throughout our new grouping. Stay tuned for information regarding our Bible Studies and Sacramental Preparation meetings throughout the year. 

Upcoming Class: The Trinity
Join us in Hrico Room at the Saint Winifred Campus at 6:30pm on September 12th, 19th, and 26th for a deeper look into the Holy Mystery of The Trinity. Inquiries can be directed to Matt Scruggs at (412) 563-1414, or via email at Hope to see you there! 

Right of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is an ongoing formational program that meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the DePalma Room on the Saint Anne Campus from September through May. Our first meeting will take place on September 25, 2019. 

Individuals seeking Baptism and full initiation into the Catholic Church (catechumens), or those who are coming from another faith tradition seeking to complete their initiation (candidates) are invited to join.  

The members of the RCIA team encourage candidates and catechumens to continue conversion and "enter into a relationship with God in Christ." Culminating at the Easter Vigil, the catechumens and candidates are brought into full communion with the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  

For more information, please contact our Faith Formation Office. 

Register for Faith Formation 2019-2020

Register today for Saint Paul of the Cross Faith Formation Classes for the 2019-2020 academic year! Classes will be offered on Sundays from 10am to 12:30pm and Mondays from 4:15pm to 6:15pm and both class sessions will include Mass. A home-based curriculum for all grade levels will also be available for families unable to attend classes. Registration is due by July 31st. Click here for additional information and the registration form.

Saint Anne Catholic School

The mission of Saint Anne School is to assist parents in the Christian spiritual, moral and intellectual formation of their children by ensuring the total development of each child –body, mind, and soul. Schedule a tour and register today! 

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