Faith Formation For Children & Adults
Opportunities for worship and religious education are an integral part of parish life at St. Matthew’s.
Classes for Faith Formation/Religious Education are available to public school students in grades 1-10. They are held every Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. from September – April. Register your children by stopping by the registration table in church after Saturday or Sunday Masses in August and September. You may also register during the first and second evenings of class.
1st Communion: Families with children in 2nd grade and up may register their child to be prepared for this sacrament. First Communion preparation occurs during the Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes. Families may schedule their child to make his or her First Holy Communion during select weekend Masses following Easter Sunday.
1st Penance/Reconciliation: Before children receive First Holy Communion, they receive First Reconciliation. Families with children in 2nd grade and up may register to prepare for this sacrament. Preparation occurs during the Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes. Students will receive this sacrament in a ceremony that includes the family and takes place during Lent.
Confirmation: Young people in 8th grade and up are welcome to register for Confirmation. Students will meet as a group from October – April to prepare to join the Church as an adult. They then participate in the Confirmation ceremony held at the Cathedral. To register for Confirmation, complete a Faith Formation registration form and indicate that your student would like to be confirmed.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults & Children (RCIA and RCIC): This is the process of formation and initiation for children 7 years of age and older who have not been baptized and for adults who have not been baptized who wish to enter full communion with the Catholic Church. Participants in RCIC and RCIA receive the three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation) at the Easter Vigil mass. Those interested in learning more and seeking a class schedule are invited to contact the pastor or deacon.
For Preschoolers, St. Matthew Church offers our young worshippers canvas bags containing children’s books about Jesus and church and containing crayons and activities. The bags are meant for young children to use while attending mass. The bags are hanging up on a pole at the back of St. Matthew Church near the main entrance. Please return the bag to the back of the church when mass ends.