Our Faith Formation Goals are simple:

Faith Formation is life-long and ongoing. Formerly called “Religious Education,” Cathedral’s program serves the youth of the parish from age three through high school. The aim is to have the young people find community with each other and feel part of the Parish family.

Online Faith Formation Registration – Please fill out one registration form for each child. Our Fee is $25/child or $75/family (3 or more children) – $10 late fee per child after August 1st 2018. (Or Download Form Here)

First Holy Eucharist Application – Sacramental fee of $25 is due by July 31, 2018

Confirmation Registration Form – Fee for the One Year Program is $50. Registration and fee are due by July 31, 2018

Download Mail Form & send Payment to The Cathedral, Attn: Faith Formation, 259 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13202


Faith Formation Classes

Jesus Little Friends, Kindergarten and First grade classes are held during the 9:45 a.m. Sunday liturgy.

Second – High School classes are held 10:45 – Noon, on Sundays. All of these classes meet in the Curley Building (enter thru the rear door next to Rectory building ).

During the older children’s class time, there will be a “Coffee Hour” for families waiting for their children or anyone who would like to participate. Coffee, juice and other refreshments will be provided.

Sacramental Programs

For all the sacraments below the young person should be involved in the liturgical life of the church and attend Mass regularly. He/She should be enrolled in either parish or Catholic school religious educations classes for at least one year before preparing to receive the sacrament.

First Reconciliation – (Confession) Children preparing for this sacrament are usually in the second grade or above. They also should have an elemental awareness of sin and Christ’s forgiveness though the sacrament of Penance. Parents will be instructed by Jenna MacLachlan and one of the parish ministers to prepare their child at home. All other meeting and workshop dates will be announced.

First Communion – Children preparing for this sacrament are usually in the second grade or above. They should also be able to distinguish between ordinary bread and the Eucharist. Parents will be instructed by Jenna MacLachlan and another parish minister to prepare their child at home. The first parent meeting will be during January in the parish office. First Communion will typically be on the second Sunday of May at the 9:45 Liturgy. All other workshops, meetings and important dates will be given at the parent meeting.

Confirmation – Candidates for confirmation must be ninth grade or above. Here at the Cathedral, we have a Confirmation class for the direct preparation for reception of the sacrament every other year. Marty Clark is the teacher and coordinator of this program. Contact Jenna at the parish office with any questions.

Sacramental preparation is a very special time. Parents are requested to take an active role as prime educators of their children in their faith formation..

Religious Education Schedule

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Our Catechists

Pre-K (3 & 4 yr. olds) & Kindergarten – Jenna MacLachlan
First Grade – Sarah Macallum
Second Grade – Jennifer Rodriguez
Third Grade – Joan Dadey
Fourth Grade – TBA
Fifth Grade – TBA
Sixth Grade – Jennie Gillette
Seventh/Eighth Grade – Grace Altimus
High School – Marty Clark