History of CCD
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) was an association established at Rome in 1562 for the purpose of giving religious instruction. Until about the thirteenth century, the Apostles’ Creed and the Our Father formed the general basis of religious instruction; all the faithful had to know them by heart, and parish priests were expected to explain them on Sundays and festivals. From about the 13th century on, the range of instruction was widened to include the Commandments, the Sacraments, as well as virtues and vices.
The Saints Peter and Paul Parish CCD process strives to develop and cultivate the faith in every area of the life of the child.Growing in knowledge and practice of the Faith is a life-long process. It is not accomplished quickly, nor is it complete after a certain number of years. Deepening the knowledge of one’s Faith and learning how to live it out is ongoing; growth and change are an integral part of this process.
Saints Peter and Paul educates the child in the living faith of the Church and is designed to help each person to come to full identification with Jesus Christ. Teaching the Gospel of Christ encourages a harmonious development of the spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and social skills of each child, young adult and adult.
If you are interested in our CCD Program, please register using the form below. Please email the CCD Office at email@example.com with any questions.
Please be sure to complete the entire form for each child you are enrolling.
Grades 1-6: Monday 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Grades 1-6: Sunday 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM
For your family’s convenience, Sunday’s class is scheduled immediately after the 9:30 mass so families can attend the 9:30 mass together.
Clearances Required for Volunteers
Clearances Required for Volunteers: If you plan to volunteer with children in any capacity at Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School, you need to have Safe Environment clearances in place. If you are not sure if your clearances have expired, you may contact Mari Lyons, Safe Environment Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.692.2216 ext. 235 to check the status.
In Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School community, volunteers who have any contact with children are required to submit all state and federal clearances (Items 1-3 below) to begin volunteering. Volunteers are then required to complete the Safe Environment Training, Parts I and II (listed below) within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work.
Every person needs to have these clearances:
1. Pennsylvania State Police Clearance (valid for 5 years), which can be obtained online at https://epatch.state.pa.us
2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (valid for 5 years), which can be obtained online at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis
3a. If you have been living in PA for fewer than ten (10) continuous years, this is the clearance you must obtain:
Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance (valid for 5 years). Visit www.pa.cogentid.com and click on Department of Human Services to register for the Background Check. After this, you are given a receipt to take to a fingerprinting location so you can then get the actual fingerprints completed. Locations and further instructions for the fingerprinting process are listed on the website.
3b. If you have been living in PA continuously for ten (10) years, this is the form you must sign:
PA Residency Disclosure Statement for volunteers (valid for 5 years) to be filed at the place of service. Please note: This is new as of July 2015.
In Saints Peter and Paul Parish and School community, volunteers who have any contact with children are required to submit all state and federal clearances (Items 1-3 above) to begin volunteering. Volunteers are then required to complete the Safe Environment Training, Parts I and II (listed below) within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work.
4. Safe Environment Training Part I: Protecting God’s Children (instructor-led): is offered regularly at sites throughout the Archdiocese. The training provides basic facts about child sexual abuse and adults’ roles in prevention, and since 2011, a Technology Addendum is included in this training as well. Click here to ‘Start Registration’ and select a date. If you have already done this session, you do not have to repeat this training. If you completed this classroom training prior to 2011, you will have to complete the Technology Addendum separately.
Please note: At the completion of this session, you will be issued a certificate confirming training in the Standards of Ministerial Behavior and the Technology Addendum. You must provide this certificate to the Safe Environment Coordinator.
5. Safe Environment Training Part II: The Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse: is available online at the Archdiocesan Training Institute. This training provides an overview of Archdiocesan reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and Pennsylvania Child Welfare Laws. The training should take you approximately one hour to complete. Click Here to Register. Please note: This is new as of 2015.
6. Mandated Reporter Acknowledgement Form: Click Here to Download. Please note: There were updates made by the state to the Mandated Reporting requirements in 2015, therefore anyone who took the class prior to 2015 needs to review the changes and sign this form and send it to the Safe Environment Coordinator.
Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions please contact Mari Lyons, Safe Environment Coordinator, at email@example.com or 610.692.2216 ext. 235.
Community Service Projects
Community service is part of the necessary preparation for Confirmation at Saints Peter and Paul Parish.
Some service project suggestions are listed below:
- Corresponding with Assisted Living persons
- Assisting with the Nativity Blessing
- Collecting clothing for Easter
- Visiting Camilla Hall Nursing Home
- Collecting paper products at Thanksgiving: toilet paper, paper towels, soaps, paper cups, paper plates, etc.
- Supplying baby and infant supplies to Birthright
- Making Breakfast Bags
- Participating in a Day of Service
Saints Peter and Paul Parish Family Ministries Office
(Located in the School building)
1327 Boot Road
West Chester, PA 19380
610-692-2216 ext. 236
The parish CCD Program provides instructions for the reception of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. To receive a sacrament, a two year requirement of religious education preparation is needed. Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are usually received in Grade 2. Sacrament of Confirmation may be received in Grade 6.
If your child attends a private Catholic School, and you would like for them to make their sacrament at our Parish, enroll your child in CCD. Please note where their religious education is taking place but that they would like to receive their Sacrament at Saints Peter and Paul Parish. You do not have to pay a CCD fee, only the Sacrament fee.