Catechetical School

(Online registration for 2020-2021 classes opens May 4, 2020.)

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?

New 2020-2021 Catholic Catechetical School Year 1 Locations
Ladder of Ascent: A Journey through the Catechism

(Classes start week of Sept 14, 2020.)

St Francis of Assisi (Longmont): Mondays 9:00am – 11:00am
Information Sessions: Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31 – 9:30am

St Francis of Assisi (Colorado Springs): Tuesdays 9:30am – 11:30am
Information Sessions: Jul 28, Aug 11, Aug 25 – 9:30am

St Mary (Littleton): Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am
Information Sessions: Aug 5, Aug 19, Sep 2 – 9:30am

St Elizabeth Ann Seton (Fort Collins): Thursdays 9:30am – 11:30am
Information Sessions: Jul 30, Aug 13, Aug 27 – 9:30am


Our Lady of the Pines (Conifer): Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Information Sessions: Jul 27, Aug 10, Aug 24 – 6:30pm

St John the Evangelist (Loveland): Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Information Sessions: Aug 3, Aug 17, Aug 31 – 6:30pm

St Mark (Westminster): Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Information Sessions: Jul 29, Aug 12, Aug 26 – 6:30pm

St Mary’s Cathedral (Colorado Springs): Thursdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Information Sessions: Aug 6, Aug 20, Sep 3 – 6:30pm

Click here for printable list of our new classes for 2020-2021 (includes Information Sessions)

Need More Information?

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