Faith Formation for Children Grades K-8th

Awakening the Faith

Childhood religious awakening which takes place in the family is irreplaceable. The family as a locus of catechesis has a unique privilege: transmitting the Gospel by rooting it in the context of profound human values. On this human base, Christian initiation is more profound: the awakening of the sense of God; the first steps in prayer; education of the moral conscience; formation in the Christian sense of human love, understood as a reflection of the love of God the Father, the Creator. It is, indeed, a Christian education more witnessed to than taught, more occasional than systematic, more on-going and daily than structured into periods.

In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia Domestica. It is in the bosom of the family that parents are "by word and example ...the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2221). One cannot fail to stress the evangelizing action of the family in the evangelizing apostolate of the laity. At different moments in the Church's history and also in the Second Vatican Council, the family has well deserved the beautiful name of "Domestic Church." This means that there should be found in every Christian family the various aspects of the entire Church. Furthermore, the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates.

At the Cathedral, we believe that faith formation occurs within a family and that parents are the primary spiritual and moral educators of their children. We believe that the first church is the domestic church found in each and every home. Parents are integral in the role they play in their children’s faith development and serve as the primary teachers and role models. The parish’s’ responsibility is to support parents in their role as the primary teachers and evangelists of their families. Through a combination of lessons in the home, quality weekly sessions within the church community, and participation in Mass, young people within our parish have the best possible chance to live a full and loving life in the Catholic Faith.

For Information on Sacramental Preparation, see below.

  • First Communion Sacramental Preparation - CLICK HERE
  • Confirmation Sacramental Preparation - CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE - Religious Education Grades K-8th

CLICK HERE - 2017-2018 Faith Formation Class Schedule

Class Schedule


Faith Formation Office

1621 Dilworth Road East
Charlotte, NC  28203
Phone: (704) 334-2283 ext 413
Fax: (704) 377-6403

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