Thank you for your interest in having the parish community of the Cathedral of Saint Paul be a part of your family's religious education. Please read through the following carefully, in its entirety, before beginning the registration process.
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Registration for children’s catechesis at the Cathedral for the 2021-2022 program year will be done online. If you have no internet access or would prefer to register over the phone, please contact Sue Kruchten (email@example.com; 651-357-1325) to complete the registration process.
In addition to demographic information, you will need to have sacramental information ready for each child, as appropriate (date and place of reception of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and/or First Communion).
Parents of Homeschool and Catholic School students who are doing sacramental preparation as a part of their academic/scholastic program will please register their children using this form. Having this information will ensure that the Cathedral staff will be aware that your children are preparing for the sacraments and enable the exchange of necessary communications concerning preparation to receive the sacraments at the appropriate time.
Please note that your registration is not complete until you have been contacted by the Cathedral with a confirmation of registration and an invoice for the appropriate fees.
Fees for children’s catechesis at the Cathedral for the 2021-2022 program year are as follows:
First Child $125
Second Child $100
Third Child $75
Each additional child $0
Sacramental prep fee $25/child
Once your registration has been received and verified, you will be sent an invoice detailing the amount of payment due and payment procedures. Please note that we are continuing the option to pay online. More details on this option will be found on the invoice.
THE ROLE OF PARENTS
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states,
The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith. For this reason the family home is rightly called "the domestic church," a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity. (§ 1666)
The Cathedral parish fully supports the Church’s vision of the parents’ responsibility as the primary instructors of their children in the faith, and we hope to work alongside parents in raising faith-filled children dedicated to Christ and his Church. If you are looking for ideas of how to carry on religious education at home, please talk with one of our children’s catechists or contact the Director of Faith Formation John Flaherty (firstname.lastname@example.org; 651-357-1340).
SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: In compliance with Archdiocesan guidelines, the Cathedral only offers sacramental preparation (First Communion/Confirmation) for its own registered, full parishioners. We encourage all families of other parishes to pursue sacramental preparation in their home parish.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR FIRST COMMUNION PREPARATION: In order to register your child for First Communion preparation, they must be seven (7) years old on or before September 1, 2021.
OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level 1 (age 3 – Kindergarten)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based program designed to teach the Catholic faith to the whole child. This year, the Cathedral of Saint Paul offers only Level 1 (ages 3-6). Catechesis of the Good Shepherd meets in the Cathedral’s lower level on Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-6:00 pm. UPDATE: This program might not be offered for the 2021-2022 year, to be decided.
Faith and Life (grades 1-8)
Faith and Life is a strong, classroom-based curriculum of catechesis based on reading, discussion, question-and-answer and activities. The Cathedral of Saint Paul offers school grade-appropriate classes for grades 1 through 8 (including First Communion preparation in grade 2). Faith and Life for grades 1-8 will meet at the Cathedral, on the lower level, from 6:30-7:45 pm on Wednesday nights.
Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation (High School)
Chosen is a two-year curriculum that helps prepare students for receiving Holy Confirmation. The curriculum incorporates both video presentations and classroom discussion. The Chosen class meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:45 pm on the lower level of the Cathedral.
PLEASE REGISTER by Sunday, September 12, 2021.
Thank you once again for your dedication to passing the Catholic faith on to your children. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about children’s catechesis at the Cathedral, please contact John Flaherty, Director of Faith Formation (651.357.1340; email@example.com).