Helping Children Grow in Faith

CCD (which stands for Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) offers the opportunity for the children of St. Matthew Parish to learn more about their Catholic faith in order to deepen their relationship with Jesus and prepare to receive the sacraments.

Sundays (starting the Sunday after Labor Day and ending the Sunday before Mother's Day)

9:30 am–10:30 am — Preschool (3 year old & 4 year old)

10:45 am–12:00 pm — Grades K–8

All classes take place in St. Matthew School. Contact Joe Taylor ( for more information.

CCD Registration Form 2019-20

CCD Scholarship Request Form 2019-20

CCD Calendar 2019-20

Philosophy of CCD Program

The Religious Education Programs of St. Matthew Parish are based on the understanding that “the purpose of catechesis is to make a person’s faith become living, conscious, and active through the light of instruction” (National Directory for Catechesis, 32).

The scope of the elementary curriculum for our CCD program includes an understanding of Scripture, doctrine, liturgy, and the life of the Church. This curriculum provides the opportunity to share in the sacramental life of the Church and to transmit the rich heritage of the faith.

The catechist proclaims the Gospel message with respect for the uniqueness of each individual as an image of God, within an atmosphere that fosters love of God and love of neighbor, and strives to teach the faith through Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Help Needed!

In order for our parish CCD program to survive and thrive, we need the help of volunteers who are willing to invest their time on Sunday to invest in the youth of our parish. We need faithful Catholics to serve as catechists, co-catechists, classroom aides, and substitutes. If you can help, please contact Joe Taylor at

Any adults that are interested, please complete the CCD Adult Volunteer Form. Be aware that each volunteer must also complete the Safe Environment requirements per the policy of the Diocese of Peoria. This includes fingerprinting, background check, and Safe Environment training. The parish will assist you in this.

Any teens that are interested in earning service hours, or simply helping out, we can always use more classroom aides. Please complete the CCD Youth Volunteer Form 2019-20 with your parent and submit it to the St. Matthew parish office.