CCD Current Year Fact Sheet

To date, we have over 90 children registered in our programme, and we give classes from age 6 (Level 1) to age 15 (Confirmation) on Sundays after Mass.

The texts we use are all approved and recognized by the Catholic Church: our current series of texts are "Call to Faith" (through Level 6), "Celebrating our Faith" - Eucharist and Reconciliation (for First Holy Communion), "Morality" (Level 7), "Discipleship"(Level 8), and "Sealed with the Spirit" plus a multimedia course(Confirmation). They are approved by the US Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Archdiocese of Madrid, and are in conformity with the Catholic Catechism.

The preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion starts in PreFHC 1 (Level 1) for a period of 3 years. Our programme is a continuous one, however, and the specific preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is also 3 years, beginning in Level 7. First Holy Communion is celebrated every year in early June, and Confirmation is also celebrated annually, although the date depends on when the Bishop can visit our Parish.

We believe strongly in the children taking an active part in Parish life as they are our future. Several projects, such as the Christmas Giving Tree, a bake sale and a book sale are among the annual projects led by previous students of the programme. On the first Sunday of each month, we have a Children's Mass, which is organized by one of the classes and their teacher together with the Choir Director. The children handle the readings, the prayer intentions, the music, the Offertory, etc. At our Christmas Eve Mass, the children take part in a pageant, which is a simple, but meaningful affair re-enacting the Gospel of the birth of Jesus. In May, the younger children pay a special homage to Our Lady.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we would be happy to discuss them with you. If you live in Madrid and want your children to participate in our program, please do not email or call. First come to any Sunday Eucharist at 11:00 AM, and meet Fr. Ron and myself. Our catechetical program is intimately linked with our Sunday liturgy, with the Eucharist at the very center. In any event, we emphasize the personal approach, and it is the polite thing to do.

Director of Religious Education

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