Faith Formation Update

Onsite Faith Formation Classes are suspended according to the diocesan recommendation. All Youth Ministry events are postponed as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact DRE Colette Speca at or Mathew Scruggs at

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.

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. 
We offer two options for classroom-style faith formation sessions for Kindergarten 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)
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

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

Register Today for VBS!

Climb aboard for a faith-filled adventure where kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs! Join us for an incredible week of bible stories, songs, games, crafts, and more! VBS will take place June 22 - June 26, 2020 from 9 am to noon on our St. Winifred Campus. Registration is open to children age 4 to students entering 5th grade in Fall 2020. Adults and older students are needed to volunteer as well!

Registration Fees: $20 per child or $50 per family of 3 or more
We know it can be difficult to plan in advance during this time of uncertainty, so we have decided to hold off on collecting registration fees until the first day of VBS just in case we need to postpone the camp. We invite you to register your children for VBS so we can plan appropriately for our week of fun, but you won't have to pay until June 22, 2020.

To register as a participant or as a volunteer, visit

2019 Mission Trip Team

Underground Student Ministries is the youth group at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in the South Hills. Our mission is to start a revolution by knowing, loving, and serving God. Join us for our weekly bible studies, monthly Sunday Socials, and other events throughout the year!

Summit Bible Studies
Join us on Tuesday nights at the South Hills Chick-fil-A for Summit Bible Study from 7 pm - 8:15 pm. No RSVP needed for these weekly events - bring a bible, bring a friend!

Sunday Socials
Once a month the youth group meets on a Sunday afternoon for a social event. Join us February 23 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm for our Mardi Gras party in the youth room!

Mission Trip to Columbia, SC
This summer 35 teens and adults are traveling to Colubmia, SC to share the love of Christ with others through service with
Alive in You Catholic youth conferences. For more information about the trip or to find out if there are any spaces left, please contact Amanda at

For more information, follow us on Instagram @stpaulpgh! Or contact Mathew 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.

Pub Theology
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for Pub Theology. We'll meet at Caliente Pizza and Drafthouse at 7 pm for an evening of food, faith, and fellowship. Feburary's Pub Theology will meet on February 27, 2020. 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. 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 Mathew Scruggs,

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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