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.)

Visit our “Register Here” page for recorded information session video and handouts, and to register.

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.)

Need More Information?

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

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