And Jesus said… “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” (Mark 10:14, 16)
Rick and Nancy Becker, Directors of Religious Education – firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Religious Education – CCD (Grades 1-8)
Children meet in classes led by caring and trained volunteers to experience Christ’s love for them and the Church through Bible teaching, prayer, living the life of discipleship, and encountering God through live-giving sacraments. Held Sundays 10:15 – 11:30am from mid-September through early-May in the Parish School.
Learn more about CCD…
- Drop-in and visit a class. We meet for family blessing and coffee from 10:15 to 10:30 in the south cafeteria of the school.
- Register by phoning the Religious Education Office at 289-5539 x401. Please leave your name, address, and number of children and the requested forms will be mailed to you.
- Register online. (Link available in August)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3-12)
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (COGS) is a highly interactive approach to the religious formation of children 3 – 6 years old (Level I), 6 – 9 years old (Level II) and 9 – 12 years old (Level III) that offers children a hands-on approach to learning more about their faith and inviting them into deeper relationship with God. Gathering in an “atrium”, a room specially prepared for them, the children receive presentations rooted in the Bible and the liturgy on a variety of topics such as liturgical colors, the parables, biblical geography, articles of the altar, prayers and gestures of the Mass, and much more. Each presentation includes simple yet beautiful materials the child is invited to work with during the extended work time that is available to them during each class. Registration occurs annually every August through an online form or by signing up at the Rectory Office.
Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd…
Little Angels Music Program (Ages Newborn-5)
Little Angels Music Program will offer a five week session of “Music for Ordinary Time” classes for young children. The classes provide a foundation of music education through singing and movement, to variety of songs, including traditional children songs, folk songs, and liturgical music.”
Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Each session focuses on music of the liturgical season. Each family will receive a CD with music for that session to take home.
The “Music for Ordinary Time” classes will meet on Tuesday mornings in the basement of the church from 9:15 to 10:00.
Registration fees per session: $25 for one child or $35 for a family
Contact person: Mary Bonadies at 574-383-0709 or email@example.com
To register for current sessions, please fill out the registration form here .
Free childcare for families with children is provided during the Sunday 9:00am Mass, in the basement of the Cathedral. We welcome all children from 18 months to Kindergarten age.
Children’s Sunday Mass Choir
Children in grades 4 through 8 lift their voices to God on Sundays at the 9:00 a.m. Mass during the academic school year (with every first Sunday of the month off). Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the choir loft. Contact Meg Hartz for more info.
Cathedral School (PreK to Grade 8)
Saint Matthew Cathedral School provides a Catholic Christian education, which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and physical development of all students. Registration for St. Matthew Cathedral School takes place in the Spring of each year. Financial aid is available to anyone in need. Learn more about our school…
An organization that involves such activities as field trips, service projects, crafts, and working out of the scouting book to earn patches.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships.
Catholic Youth Summer Camp
Co-sponsored by our parish, St. Jude Church (South Bend), and Sacred Heart Church (Lakeville), and held for one week each summer at Camp Mack in Milford, IN. Crafts, worship, prayer, spiritual formation, fun, and more! More info on attending or volunteering…