Welcome to Cathedral Parish's Sacramental Preparation for Children & Youth!

Answering Christ's call to ongoing conversion and sanctification cannot be happen without His graces. Thankfully, through the sacraments, we receive His help.

Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion is a two-year process in which children and youth participate in Catheral Parish's religious education program. In the fall of the second year, those seeking the sacraments participate in three special preparation classes for Reconciliation, as well as an interview/assessment of their readiness to receive the sacrament, and then make their First Reconciliation soon thereafter. In the spring of the following year, the children and youth preparing for their First Communion attend three special preparation classes specific to the Eucharist, participate in an assessment, and then make their First Communion. Special preparation classes are held at the Religious Education Center, next to St. Patrick's church, on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please watch the bulletin for information on class times and schedule.

First Communion is received for both the Anglo and Hispanic communities during the Easter Season on Divine Mercy Sunday. All First Communicants are then invited to participate in a parish processional with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of downtown Madison on the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Formation for Confirmation is also a two-year program, which begins as early as 8th grade. The youth engage in topics such as salvation history, the Mass and the Eucharist, as well as Theology of the Body for Teens. Furthermore, an emphasis is placed on developing a personal relationship with Jesus, living out the sacrament of Confirmation, and the transformational consequences, both personal and societal, of doing so. Confirmation classes meet on Sunday mornings, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at the parish's Religious Education Center.

When possible, Cathedral Parish youth are confirmed by the Bishop on the feast of Pentecost. 

Special formation is also required for children/youth seven years or older seeking to receive the sacrament of Baptism. These classes follow the academic calendar year and meet on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the parish's Religious Education Center. At the same time, at least one parent/guardian is required to attend parallel classes specifically geared toward parents.

Children participating in the catechumenate are generally baptized into the Church, and when possible make their First Communion, during the Easter Vigil Mass the following year. 

Registration forms and other pertinent information is available online through the links in the left column. Please contact Amber Cerrato for more information:  amber@isthmuscatholic.org or 608-257-5000 x12.



St. Robert Bellarmine
Patron of Catechists & Catechumens
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