Religious Education and Faith Formation
At the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, our mission is to invite students to a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church, leading to a lifetime of devotion, evangelism, and discipleship for His kingdom.
Religious education is a class at Our Lady’s Cathedral focused on teaching Faith Formation to our youth ages Pre-K through 12th grade. In their religious education classes, youth will learn the foundations of:
God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church herself.” From the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Catechism/Tradition: Sacred Tradition comes from Christ. It’s the full, living gift of Christ to the Apostles, faithfully handed down through each generation. It is through Tradition that the Holy Spirit makes the Risen Lord present among us, offering us the very same saving Word and Sacraments that he gave to the Apostles! Understanding Catholic Tradition is essential to understanding the Catholic Church and the Catholic Christian faith.
Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2623-2649). These various forms include prayer of blessing or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise.
The saving words and deeds of Jesus Christ are the foundation of what he would communicate in the Sacraments through the ministers of the Church. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church recognizes the existence of Seven Sacraments instituted by the Lord. They are the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist), the Sacraments of Healing (Penance and the Anointing of the Sick), and the Sacraments at the Service of Communion (Marriage and Holy Orders). Through the Sacraments, God shares his holiness with us so that we, in turn, can make the world holier. (From www.usccb.org)
Religious Education and Faith Formation for youth takes place Wednesdays from 6pm to 7:30pm from September to April. To register for the Faith Formation program, please complete the Religious Education registration consent form.