Faith Formation

Welcome to the Faith Formation Program at St. Mary’s Crescent!

If your child is new to the Faith Formation program or you are new to the parish, Faith Formation forms can be found on this website under forms, in the gathering area of the church or by contacting the Faith Formation Office at (518) 371-9521 or

Class dates, confirmation sessions and retreat information can be found here: Faith Formation Schedule 2019-2020

Please do not hesitate to contact the Faith Formation Office with any questions.

Contacting the Faith Formation Office

E-mail is the best way to contact us:

Rachel Collet, Faith Formation Director –

Debbie Bergh, Faith Formation Secretary and Receptionist –

The phone number at the Faith Formation office is (518) 371-9521.


Faith Formation Overview

Weekly Classes for Grades K-5

Weekly sessions for the elementary grades K through 5 are held on Sunday from 9:15-10:15 am and on Tuesday from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Weekly classes for Grades 6-7-8-9

Weekly sessions will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.

9th grade Respect and Relationships Class

9th graders and any 10th graders who have not completed this requirement are required to take a course on Christian Sexuality teachings in anticipation of preparing for Confirmation in 10th grade. This is a two hour course that will be offered twice over the course of the year.


Those preparing for First Eucharist and First Reconciliation will attend a parent and child retreat prior to celebrating each of the sacraments. Please see the Faith Formation Schedule 2019-2020 for dates.

Students in grades 6/7 and 8/9 will participate in a retreat over the course of the Faith Formation year. Please see the Faith Formation Schedule 2019-2020 for dates.

Confirmation candidates are required to attend a retreat prior to celebrating Confirmation. For dates and class times, please see the Faith Formation Schedule 2019-2020.

Sacramental Preparation

Special family centered programs are provided to prepare children for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation. Parent meetings will be held in September and October to explain the programs.  For dates and times of meetings, please see the Faith Formation Schedule 2019-2020.

Catechumenate (RCIA)

The Pastor, Deacon and the RCIA Team provides a process for preparing adults for entrance into the Catholic Church. Please contact Fr. Joseph Cebula for more information. He can be reached at (518) 371-9632.

Adult Faith Formation Classes

We will be offering several Adult Faith Formation opportunities at St. Mary’s. More information will be provided in a late summer mailing as well as in the bulletin, on the website and our Facebook page. Other Adult Formation classes are held in our Cluster Parishes of St. Edwards and Corpus Christi. Visit their website(s) for more details.