Holy Cross

Catholic Parish

Mesa Arizona

Religious Education    

Cynthia Benzing

Cynthia Benzing

Coordinator of Religious Education and Evangelization


480-981-2021 Ext 214

Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips

Coordinator of Youth Faith Formation (Grades 6-12)


480-981-2021 Ext 213

Donna Macia

Donna Macia

Coordinator of Elementary Faith Formation (Grades K-5)


480-981-2021 Ext 209

Late Registration

Late registration for Religious Education Sacrament classes accepted through August 1st, space permitting.

2022-2023 Religious Education Registrations for
Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade

We offer Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation and Sacrament Preparation classes for PreK (4 years old by September 1) through 12th grade students.  Sacrament Preparation classes begin in 2nd grade (or older) with First Reconciliation and then continues the next year with Confirmation and First Holy Communion. Students must have attended at least one year of general religious education classes immediately prior to entering Holy Cross’ Sacrament Preparation program.


Family must be active and registered at Holy Cross 3 months prior to the enrollment of their child. If you have been actively participating at Holy Cross, but have not registered in the parish, click HERE to register online.

•  Fees: $80 for 1 student ~ $150 for 2 students ~ $210 for 3 or more students.

•  A $20 per student late fee will apply after July 7, 2022.

•  Full Payment is expected at time of registration. Please contact the RE office if your family is experiencing extreme financial difficulties at this time.

•  Please bring in a copy of the student’s Baptism certificate if new to RE classes, or upload it below through the online registration form.


Religious Education Class Session Options:

(Students attend class once a week)

Session A – Tuesday 6:15-7:45 pm
Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation – Grades Pre-K-12
Sacrament Preparation – Grades 2-12

Session B – Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm
Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation – Grades Pre-K-5
Sacrament Preparation – Grades 2-5

Session C – Wednesday 6:15-7:45 pm
Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation – Grades Pre-K-5
Youth Ministry – Grades 6-8 (EDGE)
Sacrament Preparation – Grade 2-5

Tuesday Calendar 2022-2023   • Wednesday Calendar 2022-2023

Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation Programs

PreK – 12th Grade Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation

Parents are the first educators in the faith of their children and we are here to offer you support through religious education classes. Pre/Post-Sacrament Formation classes and Youth Ministry programs help your children to develop or deepen their relationship with God and to grow in their understanding of the Catholic Church.

We encourage parents to enroll their children in religious education as early as Pre-K (4 yrs. old by Sept. 1 & toilet trained) and to continue through 12th grade. Our youngest children are enrolled in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and attend sessions in an Atrium. For more information on this method of catechesis please go to www.cgsusa.org.

Youth Ministry Programs

The mission of youth ministry is to lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

  • EDGE Youth Ministry (Grades 6-8)
    Meets Wednesdays (Session C) 6:15-7:45 PM
  • High School Youth Ministry (Grades 9-12)
    Contact Patti Phillips for more information and to receive a separate registration form pphillips@holycrossmesa.org or 480-325-5375

Sacrament Preparation Programs

All baptized students in grades 2-12, are eligible to begin preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession), Confirmation and First Eucharist (Holy Communion), provided they meet the minimum requirement of 1 year prior catechesis.

•  1st Year Sacrament Preparation: Purple Disciples
(Students preparing for Penance and Reconciliation)
More information will be provided at the mandatory parent meeting at the beginning of the school year.

•  2nd Year Sacrament Preparation: Red Saints
(Students preparing for Confirmation and First Eucharist/Communion)
More information will be provided at the mandatory parent/student meeting at the beginning of the school year.

•  Unbaptized children, under the age of 7, can be baptized through the Infant Baptism process. Click Here for more information.

•  Unbaptized children, 7 and older, will enter the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) process to prepare for all their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion).  Click Here for more information.

Online Registration

begins SUNDAY, May 22, 2022 and closes on July 7, 2022.
Payment is accepted at the end of the on-line registration form below.

In-Person Registration

begins MONDAY, May 23, 2022. Walk-in registrations will also be accepted Mondays – Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Print 2022-2023 Registration form

Please contact the RE office at 480-325-5375 if you need to make an appointment to register at a different time.

Late Registrations

will be accepted in the Religious Education Office after July 7, 2022, as long as space is available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Religious Education Office at 480-325-5375 or cbenzing@holycrossmesa.org

You may make your payment online using “Faith Direct” by clicking on the button below:

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