Faith Formation

Faith Formation classes are not meeting on Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12 due to the Columbus Day Holiday. See you on October 18 and 19!

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, 8:30 am – 9:30 am at Saint Winifred Church
  • Mondays, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Saint Winifred Church
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 participate 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 the Faith Formation team can serve your family.

Contact Information

The Faith Formation Office will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12pm to 6pm. 

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

Rachel Wanovich, Faith Formation Assistant 
(412) 563-1414 x26

Register Today for 2020-2021 Faith Formation

We are working diligently to make sure that the 2020-2021 catechetical year meets your needs as a family. While it is our goal to meet in person for classes this fall, we have developed a contingency plan should we see spike in Covid-19 cases in the fall. Please see the letter from our Directors below for information about our program this year.

Register for classes by completing the registration form and mailing it to our office: Faith Formation Office, 550 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 or by emailing an electronic copy to

2020-2021 Faith Formation Letter

2020-2021 Registration Form

Events for Students in 9th - 12th Grade

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 (Temporarily Postponed)
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
Sunday Socials will resume in Fall 2020.

Summer Mission Trip

Each summer, Saint Paul of the Cross Youth Minister takes a trip to share the love of Christ with others through service. 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

Faith Formation and Fellowship Opportunities

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.

Current Adult Faith Formation Series: Angels and Demons
Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about Angels and Demons or what the Bible says about God conquering evil? Then join us for our Summer Study on Angels and Demons starting on July 15 from 6:30-8pm in the Hrico Room at Saint Winifred Church. This six-week study will discuss spiritual beings in the Old Testament, the power of darkness in the New Testament, and common myths and misconceptions.

Pub Theology
Join us on the last Thursday of each month for Pub Theology. We meet at Caliente Pizza and Drafthouse at 7 pm for an evening of food, faith, and fellowship. The schedule for fall Pub Theology will be released in September.

Inquiries about adult faith formation programs can be directed to Matt Scruggs at (412) 563-1414 or via email at Hope to see you there! 

Rite 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, contact Matt Scruggs at (412) 563-1414 or via email at

Weather Cancellation Information for Classes

Our faith formation program typically follows cancellations of the Mt. Lebanon School Distrct. If Faith Formation classes are canceled, families will be notified via a Flocknote message. Sign up to receive texts or email notifications on Flocknote.

Faith Formation class cancelation information will also be listed with WPXI at