Religious Education Information for Parents

Sacramental Preparation

Preparation for the sacraments is a two-year process.  First Holy Communion begins in first grade and continues in second grade.  Confirmation preparation begins in seventh grade and concludes in eighth grade.

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

The norm of our Diocese is for these sacraments to be received in second grade, after a prerequisite first grade year. Parents instruct their children at home using materials provided by the RE program in addition to classroom instruction. Dates for parents and students will be made available at the first parent meeting of the year. These two years are very important in developing a strong foundation of Catholic teachings.

Confirmation is currently celebrated in the 8th grade, after a prerequisite year in 7th grade. The 7th and 8th grade Confirmation classes will have class sessions with mandatory retreats for each of the grades. They will have the same class times as K-6 but not every week; usually twice a month.

In the event your child has “missed” the starting dates for these sacraments, there are different options to get them “caught up.”  One of these options is Children’s RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation in Adults.) This program uses a modified schedule and all sacraments are celebrated at Easter Vigil.

Special Needs

Some children have medical conditions, learning or behavioral concerns. Please indicate this information on the registration forms so we can provide appropriate care. In the event that you overlooked the back portion of the registration form pertaining to special needs, please feel free to call the Religious Education office to provide such information. All information is confidential and used only to help your child’s success in the program.

Confidential Information

All information relative to a student’s classroom performance or of a personal nature is confidential and will be treated as such by the catechists, office aides, and Religious Education staff.

Progress Reports

Progress reports for each student will be completed by the catechist at mid-year and mailed to the parent. These are very general in nature. Parent-teacher conferences are available if requested by the parents.

Classroom visitors

Children not registered in the program may not accompany your child to class for a number reasons, one being safety issues. Please, do not send unregistered children to RE class.


In the event of severe weather, classes will be canceled if city officials are advising people to remain home. All Nashville television stations will be asked to announce Cathedral Religious Education cancellations.

Cathedral Religious Education Philosophy

Parents are the primary educators of their children. With this in mind, our staff regards the religious formation of a person as springing from three sources:
  • The lived family life and religious consciousness that can occur only in the home.
  • Classroom instruction imparting basic knowledge regarding the church community and the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
  • Support from the Religious Education office that enables parents to prepare their child for the reception of the Sacraments.

Religious Education Classes

The Cathedral offers the following, which closely follows the academic year: (September-April) All classes meet on Sundays in St Albert Hall.
  • Preschool through 7th grade meet from 9:45 am – 10:45 am
  • Grade 8 – The Confirmation class meets at Noon, twice a month beginning in October.

Religious Education Guidelines
  • Be sure your child arrives on time and strive for weekly attendance.
  • If a child misses two consecutive classes, parents will be contacted.
  • Doughnuts are not allowed in the classroom. Please finish food and drinks before arriving for class.
  • ïMake an effort early in the year to introduce yourself to your child’s catechist and aide.
  • Please contact the Religious Education office if your child is unable to attend a class, if you move, change phone numbers, or if your child drops from the program for any reason.

Classroom Behavior

A reminder concerning classroom behavior, as stated in the letter you received.
  • Follow directions and classroom rules.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
  • No teasing or inappropriate language
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off and put away during class.

In order to facilitate spiritual growth, all the children deserve the most positive classroom climate possible. If a student chooses to disregard one of the above mentioned expectations, he or she will first receive a warning from the catechist. If the misbehavior continues, he or she will be sent to the Directors office to talk about and personally reflect on their misbehavior.