And Jesus said… “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.” (Mark 10:14, 16)

John Fyrqvist, Director of Religious Education (CCD): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 574-289-5539

Children’s Religious Education – CCD (Grades 1-8)

Children meet in classes led by caring and trained volunteers to experience Christ’s love for them and the Church through Bible teaching, prayer, living the life of discipleship, and encountering God through live-giving sacraments. Held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from mid-September through early-May in the Parish School.
Learn more about CCD…

  • Drop-in and visit a class. Religious Education classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents, students and catechists meet at 6:30 p.m. in the south cafeteria of the school. After prayer and announcements, children proceed to the classrooms with their catechists.
  • Register by phoning the Religious Education Office at 289-5539 x401. Please leave your name, address, and number of children and the requested forms will be mailed to you.
  • Register online. (Link available in August)

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (Ages 3-12)

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (COGS) is a highly interactive approach to the religious formation of children 3 – 6 years old (Level I), 6 – 9 years old (Level II) and 9 – 12 years old (Level III) that offers children a hands-on approach to learning more about their faith and inviting them into deeper relationship with God. Gathering in an “atrium”, a room specially prepared for them, the children receive presentations rooted in the Bible and the liturgy on a variety of topics such as liturgical colors, the parables, biblical geography, articles of the altar, prayers and gestures of the Mass, and much more. Each presentation includes simple yet beautiful materials the child is invited to work with during the extended work time that is available to them during each class. Registration occurs annually every August through an online form or by signing up at the Rectory Office.
Learn more about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd…

Sunday Morning Nursery

Free childcare for families with children is provided during the Sunday 9:00am Mass, in the basement of the Cathedral. We welcome all children from 18 months to Kindergarten age.

Children’s Sunday Mass Choir

Children in grades 4 through 8 lift their voices to God on Sundays at the 9:00 a.m. Mass during the academic school year (with every first Sunday of the month off). Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the choir loft. Contact Michael Mittleman for more info.

Cathedral School (PreK to Grade 8)

Saint Matthew Cathedral School provides a Catholic Christian education, which promotes the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and physical development of all students. Registration for St. Matthew Cathedral School takes place in the Spring of each year. Financial aid is available to anyone in need.  Learn more about our school…

Boy Scouts

An organization that involves such activities as field trips, service projects, crafts, and working out of the scouting book to earn patches. Contact: John Callan