Religious Education

2020-2021 Religious Education Registrations for Kindergarten – 12th grade begins August 1st!

There are General Formation classes for grades K-12th for students that are either too young to be in Sacrament preparation or have already celebrated the sacraments of First Reconciliation, Confirmation & First Holy Communion. 

Sacrament preparation classes begin in 2nd grade (or older) with First Reconciliation and then continues the next year with Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

COVID-19 Modifications:

All Sacrament Preparation classes will begin September 15/16 through the on-line platform, Zoom. When it is safe to return to in-person classes, we will do so. All other classes will not meet until in-person classes are allowed. For this reason, we will only be taking registration fees for Sacramental Preparation classes. You are encouraged to register now for General Formation classes, so that you will receive updated information when classes will begin. It is our hope to periodically provide you with optional activities you can participate in as a family. There will be no fees this year for General Formation classes.


Begins August 1st. Credit card payments can be taken over the phone or in the RE Office. All other payments can be made in the RE Office. Payment is also possible through the website using Faith Direct button.


(in the Religious Education Office West of the church).
Sunday, August 9th: 9:00am-4:00pm
Monday, August 10th through Thursday, August 13th: 9:30-11:00am & 1:00-4:00pm

Last day to register for Sacrament Preparation is Sunday, Aug. 16th.


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 per student ~ $240 maximum per family for Sacrament Preparation classes only.  
  • Full Payment is expected at time of registration.  
  • 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.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Religious Education Office at 480-325-5375 or 

General Formation Programs

Kindergarten/First Grade General Formation

We encourage parents to enroll their children in religious education as early as Kindergarten. 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

Fourth/Fifth Grade General Formation

As parents, we tend to see the reception of Confirmation and First Communion as a “graduation” from religious education. Help your children to grow deeper in their relationship with God and His church by enrolling them in General Formation classes.

Youth Ministry Programs

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

Middle School Youth Ministry (Grades 6-8)

  • Meets Wednesdays (Session C) 6:30-7:45 PM
  • Registration Fee: $80 Waived for 2020-2021 School Year

High School Youth Ministry (Grades 9-12)

  • Meets Sundays 5:00-7:00 PM
  • No Registration Fee (separate fees incurred for retreats and off-campus activities)

Sacrament Preparation Programs

All baptized students in grade 2 and up, are eligible to begin preparing for the Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession), Confirmation and First Eucharist (Holy Communion).  

1st Year Sacrament Preparation: Purple Disciples Information 

(Students preparing for Penance and Reconciliation)

The Purple Disciples students in 2nd – 5th grades use the “Be My Disciples” from RCL Benziger. The Purple Disciple students in 6th – 12th grade use the “Be My Disciples – Christ Reveals God’s Mystery” book from RCL Benziger. More information will be provided at the mandatory parent/student meeting at the beginning of the school year.

2nd Year Sacrament Preparation: Red Saints Information

(Students preparing for Confirmation and First Eucharist)

The Red Saints students in 3rd – 5th grades use the “Be My Disciples” from RCL Benziger. The Red Saints students in 6th – 12th grade use the “Be My Disciples – Christ in the New Testament” book from RCL Benziger. 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.

Religious Education Class Session Options:

(Students attend class once a week)

Session A – Tuesday 6:30-7:45 pm
General Formation – Grades K-5
Sacrament Preparation – Grades 2-12

Session B – Wednesday 4:00-5:15 pm
General Formation – Grades K-5
Sacrament Preparation – Grades 2-5

Session C – Wednesday 6:30-7:45 pm
General Formation – Grades K-5
General Formation – Grades 6-8 (Middle School Youth Ministry)
Sacrament Preparation – Grade 2-5

Tuesday Calendar 2020-2021          Wednesday Calendar 2020-2021

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

Cynthia Benzing

Coordinator of Religious

Education and Evangelization

480-981-2021 Ext 214

Patti Phillips

Coordinator of Youth Faith

Formation (Grades 6-12)

480-981-2021 Ext 213

Donna Macia

Coordinator of Elementary Faith

Formation (Grades K-5)

480-981-2021 Ext 209

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