Children’s Sacramental Preparation/Religious Education

The Children’s Religious Education program exists to provide sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation as well as ongoing faith formation for children of St. Matthew’s parishioners ages 6-18 who have received these sacraments. In support of parents who are the first teachers of their children, the program strives to communicate the person and message of Jesus Christ in the context of the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The program presents the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Faith, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer – in such a way that the children of our parish begin to understand how these pillars apply to their lives.

The two major components of the Children’s Religious Education program are active, regular participation in weekly classes and at weekly Sunday Mass.  It is expected that parents will attend a special class for them at the same time as their children and that families will worship together at Mass before or afer class.

Classes: Classes for both children and parents meet weekly (with a few exceptions) on Sundays from 9:45am to 11am in the St. Matthew’s Education Center located at 1726 N Street NW (behind the Cathedral). Families are expected to worship at the 8:30am Mass before class or the 11:30am Mass following class. The year begins in mid-September and ends in late mid-May.

Registration: Registration for the upcoming year begins in late spring and continues through the summer. Registration closes two weeks after the first day of classes. The registration fee is $50.00 per family. Tuition assistance and a payment plan are available for consideration upon request.

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist occurs for children in first or second grade, depending on their age. Confirmation preparation in the Archdiocese of Washington is a two-year process that typically occurs in seventh and eighth grade.

Children eight years or older who are un