Faith Formation for Children and Adults
Opportunities for worship and religious education are an integral part of parish life at St. Matthew’s. We prepare children and adults for the reception of various sacraments.
Sign Up Now for Faith Formation and Sacraments
Families with students in grades 1-10 attending public schools, please register your children for Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes for the 2017-2018 school year. Registrations will be taken after the weekend Masses and forms are available in the back of church and from the Parish Center. New this year, you may also register online at www.st-matts.org/ff-register. This is also the time to sign up children to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation. Students are prepared for those sacraments during the Wednesday evening classes held from 6:30 to 7:45 PM.
Our first evening of class is on September 20 and the classes run through April. September 20 will be family night – parents and guardians, please plan to stay and attend that evening.
A print version of our 2017-2018 registration form can be downloaded as a PDF file or a Word file:
With our FF online registration form you can pay by credit card via PayPal card processing (you do not need a PayPal account).
Faith Formation/Religious Education for Grades 1-10
Classes for Faith Formation/Religious Education are available to public school students in grades 1-10. They are held every Wednesday evening, 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. from September – April. Register your children by stopping by the registration table in church after Saturday or Sunday Masses in August and September. You may also register during the first and second evenings of class.
1st Communion: Families with children in 2nd grade and up may register their child to be prepared for this sacrament. First Communion preparation occurs during the Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes. Families may schedule their child to make his or her First Holy Communion during select weekend Masses following Easter Sunday.
1st Penance/Reconciliation: Before children receive First Holy Communion, they receive First Reconciliation. Families with children in 2nd grade and up may register to prepare for this sacrament. Preparation occurs during the Wednesday evening Faith Formation classes. Students will receive this sacrament in a ceremony that includes the family and takes place during Lent.
Confirmation: Young people in 8th grade and up are welcome to register for Confirmation. Students will meet as a group from October – April to prepare to join the Church as an adult. They then participate in the Confirmation ceremony held at the Cathedral. To register for Confirmation, complete a Faith Formation registration form and indicate that your student would like to be confirmed.
Sacrament of Confirmation Classes for Those with Special Needs
Confirmation classes are available for persons with special needs, or mental or physical disabilities, age 16 or older. Classes will be held Saturday, August 12 and Saturday, August 26, 2017, 9:30—11:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Richard, Richfield. Both classes are mandatory for guardians and candidates. Pre-registration is required. Candidates will be confirmed during the Annual Mass for Persons with Disabilities on Sunday, September 17. To register, call or email . Find more details at archspm.org/events
The Church of St. Matthew offers our young worshippers canvas bags containing children’s books about Jesus and church and containing crayons and activities. The bags are meant for young children to use while attending mass. The bags are hanging up on a pole at the back of the church near the main entrance. Please return the bag to the back of the church when mass ends.
Our 2017 Confirmation Class
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, twenty young men and ladies were confirmed at the Cathedral of Saint Paul by Archbishop Harry Flynn. It was a beautiful evening filled with excited confirmation candidates, proud parents, and sponsors. The class of twenty were students from St. Matthew’s Faith Formation Program and the Community of Saints Regional Catholic School. Received with the Holy Spirit were the following: Fernando Avalos, Fabian Cardenas, Jasmine Cardenas, Alexandro Coronado, Cecilia Flores, Gabriela Gaytan, Vianca Grassi Cueto, Jesus Gutierrez, Amaris Jaques, Isabella Lopez, Araceli Mendez, Connor Nicolay, Citlaly Orbe, Ana Palmillas, Nayeli, Reyes, Joe Silva, Rene TorresGonzalez, Sabastian TorresGonzalez, Valentina Wanna, and Kieran White. Also, pictured are Archbishop Harry Flynn and Father Andrew Brinkman. Thank you to Confirmation teacher Dave Sonday for preparing the students.