Religious Education

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Pastor's Notes from Fr. David Carter about Religious Education and the Sacraments 9/1/19 (READ)

At the baptism of our children we promise to educate them in the tenets of our faith. Here at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul we take that promise very seriously. The goal of catechesis is to foster a living, conscious and active faith in Christians of all ages. RE classes are held September through May starting at age 3 through 12th grade. Classes are held on Sundays from 10:15 - 11:15.

We do not charge for our classes, however, with that in mind we do ask for help from the parents. We need help in the form of providing snacks or funds in which to purchase snacks, and helping out in the classes when needed.

1st Communion and Confirmation

Any child that has reached second grade is eligible for 1st Holy Communion. 

Any child in 6th grade or higher is eligible for Confirmation.

* Here at the Basilica we do require class attendance during our Sunday Religious Education program for the year leading up to their Sacrament. If a student moves to the Parish mid year we will require confirmation from their previous Parish that they have been attending class there.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

This is a program for our 3, 4 and 5 year olds called Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This is a Montessori-based program for children that provides a simple, synthesized, profound involvement with the Gospel and with the liturgical life of the Church. This class is offered during our Sunday program as well as through the St. Ambrose Homeschool Co-op.

2018 - 19 Dates


September 8th – start of RE

November 1st – All Saints Procession and party

December 1st – no class Thanksgiving

December 22rnd – no class Christmas

December 28th – Christmas Pageant – following5:30 Mass

December 29th – no class New Years


February 8th – Father/Daughter dance 6:30pm following 5:30 Mass
March 21st – ConfirmationRetreat 9am-3pm
March 29th – 1stCommunion Penance between Masses 10:15-11:15
April 5th – no class Palm Sunday
April 12th – no class Easter
May 10th – no class May Crowning
May 17th – Last day of RE classes
June 13th – 1stCommunion retreat and reception 9am-12:30
June 14th – 1stCommunion at 11:30 Mass
June 27th – Confirmation at 5:30 Mass
July 6th – July 10th - VBS dates
September 13th – first day of RE
November 1st – All Saints Procession and party
November 28th – no class Thanksgiving
December 27th – no class Christmas
January 3rd, 2021 – no class New Years

You’re invited to a Red Carpet VIP Event
Sat., Feb. 8 from 6:30-9:00 pm in Varallo Parish Hall
Girls, ask your fathers or that special male role model in your life for an evening of dancing, DJ, dinner, desserts, photo both, and lasting memories!
$20 per father/daughter pair. $5 each additional daughter.
$35 max per family.
Turn in registration and money by Feb. 2nd to Danielle Stradley or to the parish office.

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