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Religious Education

Preparation for Children 

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." 
Mark 10:13-14

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This year’s COVID-19 pandemic delayed First Communions and Registrations for the 2020-2021 school year for many children. 

Stay Tuned for 2021-2022 Enrollment! 
More information to follow!

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist is a two-year process. Many children begin their preparation in Grade 2, but children are welcome to begin or continue Sacrament preparation at any grade level. To begin the Sacrament Preparation program, students must be enrolled in the Parish Religious Education program.

Students enrolled in their second year of Religious Education, or second year of attendance at St. John's Cathedral, would need to contact the CCD office to complete their 2nd year registration. Students who have completed the first year of preparation at a different Catholic school or Religious Education program will need to provide documentation of attendance and completion to the CCD office.

Families will be directly involved in the Sacramental program. During this year of preparation, parents are expected to attend classes to help them prepare their children for the sacraments via virtual online classes.

Baptism for Children ages 7 and above is called Rite of Christian Initiation. This process is family-centered. Children are expected to attend Religious Education according to their grade level. Families will be contacted during the first year of preparation to discuss the Christian Initiation program.

St. John's Cathedral's Catechesis & Evangelization for Children is dedicated to reverence, respect, responsibility and service as a response to faith and love in Jesus Christ by offering programs dedicated to receiving the sacraments and ongoing catechesis.


Welcome to our Two- Year First Communion program!  

We are blessed to help you guide your children to the sacraments of
First Reconciliation & First Communion.


In order for Students to be eligible to enroll in the First communion Program Students Must be baptized.

  • Children that have not received the sacrament of baptism and are 7 years of age or older will be enrolled in the “A Family of Faith”  program.

  • For children 6 years of age or younger that are not baptized, please refer to our baptism page to begin the process. All children must be baptized before receiving their First Communion.

  • Students Must be between 2st – 7th grade

  • Once a child is in the 8th grade or older he or she enrolls directly into the high school confirmation program once 16 years of age or 10th grade in high school.  

‚ÄčThe Faith Formation process for children, 2nd grade through 7th Grade, is an integrated curriculum that consists of Catholic Catechism, Scripture, music and Liturgical experiences in an age-appropriate format.  Recognizing parents as the primary catechists in their children’s lives, the Faith Formation staff provides families with the tools and coaching they need to enrich the faith growth of their children. 

The preparation for First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation, occurs during the second year of faith formation. The program includes guided virtual instructional sessions and home study materials. Concurrent enrollment in both sacramental preparation and faith formation is required. 

It is highly encouraged that parents teach their student their prayers and how to pray at home. The students will learn how to pray in class, however, the programs primary objective is to teach the students about the sacraments they will be receiving and other aspect of our Catholic faith.






Resources for Parents


Office Hours

Located in Singleton Hall

Currently Closed

 Phone: (559) 485-0161





Due to COVID-19, all sacramental classes will be available entirely online for the 2020-2021 catechetical year.
All participants are required to have access to a computer, laptop, or tablet with supportive internet connection.
No exceptions will be made for students that are unable to complete class requirements due to technological issues.
For those unable to participate in online catechesis, it will be best to wait and enroll for the 2021-2022 catechetical year.
Registration fees are non- refundable. 


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