Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine
The Confraternity of Catholic Doctrine (CCD) is a religious education program for children in grades pre-school through eighth. CCD aims to help educate students in the Catholic faith and to help prepare them to receive the sacraments of Penance, Eucharist, and Confirmation. In a classroom setting, we follow a detailed curriculum which includes instruction in prayer, salvation history, the Triune God, the sacraments, Biblical characters, the commandments, Mass, and other subjects. Through the use of age and grade level appropriate religious textbooks and handouts, adult catechists and classroom assistants educate students.
Classes are held on Sunday mornings starting September through early May from 9:30 AM to 10:40 AM. Class instruction is conducted in English only. Spanish translators are available and used to converse with parents who only speak Spanish.
We have a minimum of two educators per classroom and in some instances are blessed to have three which is very beneficial to teaching and reinforcing what is being taught. Our staff of catechists and classroom assistants are volunteers who dedicate their time and talent, and sometimes their treasure, to prepare lesson plans and classroom handouts and to conduct various activities to educate the students.
Parents are required to escort their children to and from the classrooms. During classes the school hallways and classroom doors are locked to ensure the safety of the students and staff.
Registration is required to attend classes and a fee is charged which is used to purchase textbooks and pay for the operations of the religious program. A registration form is available in English and a registration form is available in Spanish also. New students must complete and submit a registration form along with a baptismal and birth certificate to the Religious Education Office. Existing students who have previously enrolled in our program need not complete a registration form but must notify the Religious Education Office of their attendance for the upcoming year by calling Deacon Ramsey at 717-263-9541.
It is crucial that the parents of our students get involved in the religious education of their children and take an active role in their spiritual development and practice. We encourage parents to interact with catechists and parental support in the home with a continual review of your student’s religious studies and homework. Program communication is done through personal interaction and written correspondence. We also welcome those parents who would like to take a more active role in the overall program and volunteer to help in our classrooms and various associated activities and events. If you are interested in helping, please call the Religious Education Office to see how you may be able to help in the overall effort.
As always any questions, recommendations and/or concerns can be addressed to the Religious Education Office at 717-263-9541.