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Religious Education 2019-2020

Religious Education Registration form

While our community offers sacraments, they are recorded in the Basel Parish of Heiliggeist. Therefore, if you need official copies of sacraments please contact:

Kath. Pfarramt Heiliggeist Thiersteinerallee 51, 4053 Basel
Tel. 061 331 80 88

Religious Education Classes and Sacramental Masses are included on the main calendar on the homepage. Please refer to these regularly for updates and changes.

You can also download an overview document from RE_dates and locations

We are offering the following:

1. 3-year cycle to prepare for First Holy Communion
  • RE1: introduction to the New Testament, starting at age 6 or when able to read and write with fluency. Children will be expected to follow a 2 hour class once a month and work with written material.
    • Religious Education Foundation Class - The Foundation Course is the first class in the RE programme, and is geared towards 7 years old children. The course will teach your children the foundations of their faith and they must attend if they then wish to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Communion. To be able to attend, your child should:
      • Be 7 years old
      • Be able to speak and understand English to at least an elementary level
      • Be able to make the Sign of the Cross
      • Be able to write in English
    • Classes will be held at Bruder Klaus church
  • RE2: preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (usually age 7-9)
    • Reconciliation Preparation - Preparation to receive the loving gift of forgiveness and healing of the Lord. Children must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving First Communion.
  • RE3:  preparation for First Communion (usually age 9-11)
    • Holy Communion is the third of seven sacraments received. It occurs only after receiving Baptism, and once the person has reached the age of reason (usually, around the second grade). First confession (the first sacrament of penance) must precede the reception of the Eucharist.
2. Workshops (until age 14): continuous religious education

3. Confirmation class: for baptized children who have done their First Communion and will be 14 year old at the time of Confirmation
  • Young people wishing to be Confirmed should have had a prolonged period of religious education and be ready to make a serious commitment to their faith. The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred on those who have completed, in full, all religious education classes as well as the retreat leading up to this point.
BEFORE YOU REGISTER- Important notice for parents
Responsibility for the preparation for the Sacraments is shared by parents, and the parish.  Many of your families are “international” families, moving from one country to another and in most cases without the benefit and support of a Catholic school system. We ask parents to make a commitment to attend all the sessions at the Church and to do the homework with your child.  Your child's readiness for these sacraments will only be as good as the effort you put into making it happen. There will be a parents’ information session where you will get more information on what is expected from you.

July-August is time to register your children for Religious Education in our community.

Please register on line using the link below:
Religious Education Registration form

Note that for registration to be completed we will need:
  1. Your child’s baptism certificate (compulsory) and other documents outlined in the registration form (helpful) if you are new to the community
  2. Payment to be made per the instructions on the form
Parents who had their children registered in a previous year and who already provided a baptism certificate do not need to provide one again. However, we still ask that you complete the online form as we are moving to online registration.
Please make sure to register quickly so we can book sufficient class rooms and order enough books for all children.
In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions,
Monika Kelly - RE Coordinator