CCD - the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine - can be thought of as a kind of finishing school for religious belief. In Catholicism, the family is the primary religious educator. The CCD class - led by a lay catechist - exists to provide the nuanced details of faith rather than the core principles of discipleship. In the last sixty years in the United States, the collapse of the family has made CCD the sole point of religious education of any kind for many Catholic children. This has taken place at the same time that time-tested methods of teaching have been replaced by faddish modern methods which - if Mass attendance and religious practice are the measure - have failed. At the Minor Basilica, we summarily refuse the experiment. Our CCD classes are focused on the principles of discipleship over the nuanced theology of traditional CCD. We are focusing on the core path of Christian discipleship: 1) Recognition of Personal Sin, 2) Acceptance of God's Mercy, 3) The Practical Practice of the Faith, 4) The Content of Faith and, finally, 5) Personal Vocation and Integrity. Our hope is to convince our kids to desire to know, love and serve the Lord. To that end, we provide CCD weekly from September to Holy Week.

Requirements

  • Parents must fill out an opt-in\opt-out form for our "Touching Safety" program for each child. These forms may be printed here or filled out at the First Class on September 3rd.
  • Our Basic Policies & Procedures may be found here
  • NOTE: Students in "Sacrament Years" (Grades 2 & 11) have additional requirements. Please read this notification.

2015-16 Calendar

Sept 2015

  • Sept 2 • Parish Supper, Registration & First Class

  • Sept 9 • Class 2

  • Sept 16 • Class 3

  • Sept 23 • Class 4

  • Sept 30 • Class 5

Oct 2015

  • Oct 7 • Parish Supper & Class 6

  • Oct 14 • Class 7

  • Oct 21 • VIRTUS Touching Safety (Students with Opt-Out Form Need not Attend)

  • Oct 28 • Class 8

Nov 2015

  • Nov 4 • Parish Supper & Class 9

  • Nov 11 • Class 10

  • Nov 18 • Class 11

  • Nov 25 • NO CLASS, Thanksgiving Break

Dec 2015

  • Dec 2 • Class 12

  • Dec 9 • Class 13

  • Dec 16 • Class 14

  • Dec 23 • NO CLASS, Christmas Break

  • Dec 30 • NO CLASS, Christmas Break

Jan 2016

  • Jan 6 • Class 15

  • Jan 13 • Class 16

  • Jan 20 • Class 17

  • Jan 27 • Class 18

Feb 2016

  • Feb 3 • Class 19

  • Feb 10 • MASS AT MBIC 6p, Ash Wednesday

  • Feb 17 • Class 20

  • Feb 24 • Class 21

Mar 2016

  • Mar 2 • Class 22

  • Mar 9 • Class 23

  • Mar 16 • Class 24

  • Mar 23 • Final Class

CONFIRMATION

  • Apr TBD • Confirmation Practice at 9am

  • Apr TBD • Confirmation at 11am Mass

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

  • Apr 30 • First Holy Communion Practice & First Confessions at 9am

  • May 1 • First Holy Communion at 11am Mass