Religious Education

Religious Education is central to the life of the youth of our parish families. God’s Word is a revealed one that must be read, prayed, and studied. Our program of Religious Education at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Co-Cathedral is here to assist our parents and guardians, in their role as primary teachers of the faith for their children.

Contact Data

For information regarding our Religious Education program please contact Dorothy Barewicz, our Director of Religious Education. The Religious office phone 862-0512 and the Parish office phone is 658-4333.  Email can be sent to

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide opportunities for the Parish Families of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Co-Cathedral to study God’s Word in Scripture and the Teachings of the Church, in an atmosphere of worship, warmth, and wisdom, and to instill the values of living Christ’s word, sharing His word and loving all without exception.

Class Locations

Our Religious Education classes are held in the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral parish hall and other spaces in the building. The mailing address is 20 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401.

Enrollment Policy

We welcome students in grades 1 through 12 who are interested in the Catholic Faith and want to learn about Jesus and our Catholic traditions. 

Enrollment in our Religious Education Program is required each year BEFORE June 1 for the next academic year starting in September.  This will facilitate ordering supplies and securing adequate staff.  Registration forms need to be completed annually by a parent/guardian.  Registration forms are sent home at the end of each Catechetical year with our Religious Education students, or forms may be secured from our Religious Education Office.

New students to our Religious Education Program need to provide a copy of his/her baptismal certificate, if he/she was baptized at a Church other than the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception or St. Joseph Co-Cathedral parishes in Burlington, Vermont.

Class Times

Grades 1 – 8 Program:  Scheduled Sundays 8:45AM– 9:50 AM.  All students meet in the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Parish Hall and proceed to their classrooms with their teacher.           

Confirmation Program

Students in Grades 9 - 12/Confirmation Class :  Classes are scheduled Fridays 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Parish Hall.  Please check the calendar for class dates.

Students are expected to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the start of classes and students are expected to be picked up by a parent/guardian at the end of class time.  Any exceptions require prior arrangements with our Director of Religious Education.

Sacramental Preparation

“The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us.” 1131 Catechism of the Catholic Church

There is a two-year period for students to prepare to celebrate the sacraments of  First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.