Catechetical School

About Our Catechetical School:

The mission of the Denver Catholic Catechetical School is to place people in contact and communion with the Person of Christ, who alone leads us to the heart of the Father in the Spirit – in essence, making and maturing disciples.

We do this through a prayerful, organic, and systematic presentation of the Catholic Faith, contained both in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (Catechism of the Catholic Church 80-82). This occurs in a setting that takes advantage of all the facets of effective adult learning: engaging lectures, small group dynamics, independent study, and personal application.

Far from being a dry and boring presentation of dogmas and doctrines, the study of the Catechism is a deeply personal and exciting study of God’s call to each and every person to have a personal relationship with Him in the Church he established with the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Imitating the successful structure and format of the Denver Catholic Biblical School, the Catechetical School consists of both of lectures and small group discussions for further enrichment and understanding of the material. In addition to class time, students also complete reading assignments for homework and an open-book, take-home “test” at the end of each semester. At the end of the two-year program, the student is awarded a Certificate of Catechetical Studies. This certificate can also qualify for the Archdiocese of Denver’s Advanced Catechetical Certificate.

The Catholic Catechetical School is a two-year (four semester) study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church entitled, “The Ladder of Ascent” (previously known as “Pillars”). Under the guidance of an experienced and talented instructor, students make an in-depth study of the four areas of the Catechism:

Semester 1

“The Creed: The Story in Miniature”

Semester 2

“The Sacraments: The Blessing Revealed and Communicated”

Semester 3

“The Moral Life: Fulfillment in Beatitude”

Semester 4

“Prayer: The Blessing Given and Received”

Is it time now for you to explore the Catholic Faith more seriously than ever before?

Note:  All classes will temporarily be taught online for the entire 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19 concerns. (All classtimes are local time in Denver, CO.)

2020-2021 Catholic Catechetical School classes will “meet” in an online classroom for two-hours/week and be taught by a LIVE INSTRUCTOR who will facilitate LIVE sessions (morning or evening sessions available, Monday through Thursday). No pre-recorded lectures — Catechetical School classes are LIVE classes with LIVE instruction and lectures. (Our hope is to return to in-person classes for the 2021-2022 year.)

Below lists our summer Information Sessions to be held in parishes (and ONLINE!) this summer. All prospective NEW Catechetical School students are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session (FREE!) prior to the start of Year One to gain a thorough understanding of the program. Any changes or adaptations with this schedule will be posted on this page, so please check back regularly.

Cost for Catechetical School: Please visit our FAQs page.
Discounts available for Seniors, Active Military/Veteran/First Responders, Parish Volunteer Catechists and Full-/Part-Time employees of Catholic ministry/Diocesan office/Catholic school. Call office for specific details.

(Classes start week of Sept 14, 2020.)

Information Sessions for Prospective YEAR 1 Catechetical School Students:

MOST SESSIONS ARE PRESENTED IN PERSON, BUT WE DO HAVE SOME ONLINE SESSIONS, TOO!

Our Lady of the Pines (9444 Eagle Cliff Road, Conifer 80433): July 27, Aug 10, Aug 24 – 6:30 pm

St Francis of Assisi (2650 Parish View, Colorado Springs 80919): July 28, Aug 11, Aug 25 – 9:30am

St Francis of Assisi (3791 Pike Road, Longmont 80503): Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31 – 9:30am

St John the Evangelist (1730 West 12th Street, Loveland 80537): Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31 — 6:30pm

St Mark (3141 West 96th Avenue, Westminster 80031):  Aug 12, Aug 26 – 6:30pm

St Mary (6853 South Prince Street, Littleton 80120): Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept 2 — 9:30am

St Mary’s Cathedral (22 West Kiowa Street, Colorado Springs 80903): Aug 6, Aug 20, Sept 3 – 6:30pm

ONLINE INFO SESSIONS:
– July 30, Aug 13, Aug 27 – 9:30am
– July 29, Aug 4, Aug 18 – 6:30pm

Click here to join ONLINE Catechetical School Information Session

Click here for printable Information Session Schedule for all new 2020-2021 classes (in person and online sessions)

Need More Information?

Call 303.715.3195 or email us at sjvlaydivision@archden.org.

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