Children's Faith Formation 2019 - 2020


The Children's Faith Formation program at St. Matthew’s Cathedral exists to provide sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation as well as ongoing faith formation for children who have received these sacraments. It strives to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ in the context of the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. The program presents the four fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church – Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer – in such a way that the children of our parish begin to understand how to live the Gospel.

When and where are classes held?

Classes are held weekly on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 11am in the St. Matthew’s Education Center located at 1726 N Street NW. It is expected that parents will attend adult faith formation at the same time and that families will worship either at the 8:30am Mass before class or at the 11:30am Mass following class. Classes generally are not held on holiday weekends.

When do classes begin?

There will be a mandatory parent-child-catechist orientation meeting Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 9:45 to 11am in the North Conference Room. Classes will begin Sunday, September 15, 2019 and conclude on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

How do I register my child(ren)?

Complete the two-sided registration form (available in the Cathedral rectory or by clicking here to download the registration packet), and attach your child’s Baptism certificate (if new to the Religious Education program) and cash or check made payable to St. Matthew’s Cathedral for $75.00 for one child or $100 if more than one child per family. Note that the form available online is to be printed off, completed manually, and submitted to the Rectory. Financial assistance and/or a payment plan are available for those in need. Submit registration materials to the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation in the Cathedral Rectory.

Questions about registration? Contact Theresa Prymuszewski, 
Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation,
at or 202-547-5139. 

For information about childrens' religious education in Spanish,
contact Fatima Aybar, Coordinator of Spanish Faith Formation,
at or 202-347-3215. 

Call for Catechists 

The success of our Children’s Religious Education program is a result of the commitment of adult parishioners who generously give of their time and talent to help the children and youth of our parish grow in their faith.

Typical Catechist Commitment:
 - Initial meeting with Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation
 - Periodic teacher meetings throughout the year
 - Planning (approximately one hour per week)
 - Teaching (75 minutes per week)
 - Archdiocesan Child Protection Policy compliance
            - Volunteer application and criminal background check
            - Virtus "Protecting God's Children"seminar - will be offered at St. Matthew's on
               Sunday, August 25 

If you are interested in learning about teaching opportunities for the 2019-2020 year, please contact Theresa Prymuszewski, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, at or 202-547-5139.