Religious Education

Religious Education (Pre-K to 6th Grade)

Purpose and Aim:

Religious Education at the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Evangelist strives to partner with its parish families in the catechetical formation of their children including sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion for those children older than 7 years of age. In order for catechesis in the faith to take root in children so that the faith is practiced into adulthood, it is imperative that a strong home and parish connection exists with our Religious Education families.

Catechetical formation outside of the home can begin as early as 3 years of age with our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium. Go to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website to learn more about this program.

Upon entering the first grade, children from grades 1 to 6 have two options from which to learn and grow in their faith:

Option 1: Ignatius Press Faith and Life Program – a more traditional catechetical approach that meets on Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Go here for more information.

Option 2: Parent and child catechesis classes that meet two Tuesdays a month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sacramental Preparation

Sacramental preparation is for baptized children who have reached the Age of Reason (typically age 7). These children will receive instruction and preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion. This year we will be using the Dynamic Catholic Program Blessed. To learn more about this program, please go to the Dynamic Catholic/Blessed website.

Sacramental Preparation is available on most Sundays (see RE Calendar for dates) at 11:15 a.m., or you may choose to participate in the Parent/Child catechesis program two Tuesdays a month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Religious Ed/Youth Ministry Information 2017-2018

Pre-K to K (3-6 yrs.) Offerings: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Schedule TBD)

1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th grades: Most Sundays at 11:15 a.m. to 12:30pm or two Tuesday nights a month, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (parent and child catechesis)

2nd Grade or older Sacramental Preparation (First Reconciliation/ First Communion): Most Sundays 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or two Tuesday nights a month (parent & child catechesis)

Jr. High (7th to 8th grades): Sunday catechesis 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Youth Group Wednesdays

High School (9th to 12th grades): Sunday nights 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grupo de Jóvenes: Saturday evenings

Cost: $45 before August 15, $55 after August 15; families with three or more children: $135

Spanish First Communion prep: Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Registration dates: after 1 p.m. Mass July 30 and August 13

Cost: $45 per registered parishioner, $55 per non-registered individual and volunteer agreement

English Parent Orientation: Sunday, August 27 at 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, August 29 (Tuesday night classes)

Spanish Parent Orientation: Sunday, September 10 at 11:30 a.m. 

Classes Start: Sunday, September 17; Tuesday, September 19




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