Catholic Faith Formation
Religious Education for Children, assists parents with the religious formation and education of their children through instruction, prayer experiences, retreats, and community building events. The program also includes preparation for the Sacraments of Penance (Confession), and First Eucharist (First Communion), which occurs in the 3rd grade or after the second year of catechetical instruction.
2019 - 2020 School Year:
CCD Classes for K – 6th Grade meets every beginning Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 10:00 am.
For children over 7 years of age and teens, 7th Grade and higher, who are not baptized, and teens who did not complete their sacraments of Communion and Confirmation, meets every Sunday, beginning September 8, 2019, at 9:00 am.
Confirmation Classes for 7th Graders meets every Tuesday, beginning September 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm.
The registration fee for the 1st child is $60.00 and each additional child is $40.00. Please note that after August 31, 2019, the registration fee increases to $70.00 for the 1st child and $50.00 for each additional child.
Registration packets are available through the education office, or you can register your child/ren by printing and filling out the CFF Registration and the Indemnity Form, and emailing scanned copies to email@example.com, or mail them to the cathedral office. Please include a copy of your child/ren's baptismal certificate(s).
The Rite of Christian Initiation Program
R.C.I.A. is designed for individuals who, after hearing the Mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the Living God through the Catholic Church, and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts. By God’s help, they will be strengthened spiritually during their preparation, and at the proper time will receive the Sacraments of Initiation, which includes Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
R.C.I.A. is also available for teens and children on Sundays, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, in the Cathedral Lower Level. You may register your child using using the CFF Registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail it to the cathedral office.
Catechesis Formation Program
This program helps develop catechists, or religious education teachers, who are theologically and spiritually prepared to share and teach the Catholic faith to others. Parishioners interested in becoming religious education catechists are required to complete the Catechist Formation Program and receive Diocesan certification. For individuals who already have responded to a call to ministry as a catechist, the Diocese of Sacramento is requiring that they become Diocesan-certified within 3 years. Basic certification includes doctrinal development through a prescribed number of study hours in spirituality and theology as well as a basic presentation of the social sciences (consistent with the National Directory for Catechesis, 55).
The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament sponsors a series of workshops throughout the pastoral year to support candidates’ development in catechetical formation and to prepare them for Diocesan certification. These workshops are designed to prepare the candidate spiritually and theologically to witness and share their faith with the children and adults to whom they minister. The workshop series also includes faith-based methodology sessions that are tailored to various age groups and that address how to provide catechetical students with a sound Catholic faith foundation and prepare them for receiving the Sacraments. To begin the application process, download the Catechist Application and mail it to the cathedral office.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
This is a program available for children, ages 5 to 10 years old, every Sunday at the 11:00 am Mass. This program provides children with age appropriate explanations of the Sunday readings and gives parents with young children an opportunity to focus on the Scripture readings and the homily without distractions. Children are invited to leave the main sanctuary after the opening prayer and are escorted to the Cathedral Lower Level, where they hear the Scripture readings and explanations by specially trained catechists. Children return to their families before the Offertory. We encourage parents to take advantage of this special service. If you'd like more information, contact the education office or Dorothy Corgiat at email@example.com.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
A distinct Montessori-based approach to Christian formation, through which children as young as three form deep, lifelong relationships with Christ. For more information, visit www.youngsheep.org, or call 916-910-3435.
Spanish Parents Group Leaders of the Blessed Sacrament
We meet once a week to prepare for classes 80 to 90 parents of children in religious education classes on Sundays. We design our curriculum under the supervision of the Director of Education Sister Lisa, and organize extracurricular activities. Bring to class topics of interest based on the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We speak of "News of our Pope," the lives of the saints, Our Mother Mary, the Church and the Trinity. Our extracurricular activities unite the community, including picnics twice a year a Christmas play, Las Posadas (A celebration of Advent), and more. For more information, contact Leticia Hilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Religious Education for Spanish Speaking Adults
Spanish speaking adults who have their children in Faith Formation attend classes held in Mercy Hall from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm, every Sunday. The first class for the catechetical year 2019-2020 is September 8, 2019.
For more information, contact Sister Lisa Marie Doty, Director of Education
at email@example.com, or 916-444-5364.
Please submit printed forms to:
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament - CFF Office
1017 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.