St. Patrick Roman Catholic Parish
                                                                                                                        A Pennsylvania Charitable Trust

Religious Formation


Religious Education Registration

St. Patrick Religious Education Program (CCD) registration for preschool thru grade 8.

Catholic children who are entering the Religious Education (CCD) Program for the first time at St. Patrick Parish must register. Preschool children must be 4 years of age by October.  Kindergarten children must be 5 years of age by October.  A Baptismal Certificate is required at the time of registration if the child was not baptized at St. Patrick Parish.  In order for a child to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, the child must attend 2 years of Religious Education.

For additional information, please call Carol Serbak at the Religious Education Office at 724.745.3787.

Protecting Gods Children

Did you know? Parents and guardians: Get involved – Parents & Guardians play a key role in the success of parish programs for young people.  Parents and guardians who are involved in parish programs and events will be in the best position to protect their own children as well as all the children in the parish community.  Involvement and communication are important factors in helping to ensure safe environments for all of our children.

Did you know? - “Grooming behaviors” - Most child abuse occurs after the perpetrator has gained the trust of the child and of his or her parents/guardians through a process called “grooming.”  The grooming process has three basic elements, which are both separate and interrelated: physical grooming, psychological grooming, and community grooming.

Physical grooming can begin with a simple pat on the back, but over time it becomes more intimate.

Psychological grooming takes many forms, all of which are designed to drive a wedge between the child and the parent or guardian and to pull the child under the control of the perpetrator.  Psychological techniques include a wide variety of activities, from telling a child that sexual contact is ”an act of love sanctioned by God” to threatening harm to someone the child loves if he or she tells anyone about the abuse.

Community grooming usually happens at the same time the physical and psychological grooming is progressing with the child.  It targets the parents, guardians, and the rest of the community.  The purpose is to convince us that this is someone who really cares about kids and is committed to their well-being, so that we will not notice or will disregard the warning signs because we can’t believe the perpetrator would commit such a crime.  The process can take as little as a few days or as long as a few months, but the perpetrator is willing to be patient to gain the trust of everyone involved.

This is how child molesters avoid being caught. ~ Protecting God’s Children Facilitator Training Manual, 36-38.

Help reduce abuse statistics! Nationally, more than 2 million reports of abuse or neglect of minors are made each year.  Only a small percentage of child abuse is ever reported.  Learn how to spot suspected abuse or neglect, and how to report it to the proper authorities.

Please go to the Clearances Page for information on completing the following requirements for all parish volunteers who are 18 years or older:

1) Diocesan Database Application
2) PA State Police Criminal Record Check
3) Child Abuse Clearance
4) Code of Pastoral Conduct
5) Attendance at a Protecting God’s Children Workshop

 For more information, please contact Carol Serbak at 724.745.3787.

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