Catholic Youth Formation (CYF)


The term “Catholic Youth Formation” (CYF) has been adopted at St. Charles to replace the more traditionally established “Confraternity of Christian Doctrine” (CCD) as the title of our religious education program for grades 4K & 5K and grades 1—11.“Catholic Youth Formation” more appropriately defines the focus of the religious education programs for today. The goal of CYF is to help develop educated faith-seekers, who are both aware of-and actively involved in their faith. The Catholic Formation at St. Charles is a collaborative program with St. Romans Parish.

Catholic Youth Formation 4K thru 5th Grade Current Schedule 
Catholic Youth Formation Family Handbook

Archdiocese of Milwaukee 

Catholic Formation Registration

St Charles Borromeo/ St Romans Collaborative Catholic Formation Program is now accepting registrations for the 2021-2022 program year!   All registration material is also available for printing on this page (see Catholic Youth Formation Registration Forms link below).

If you wish to enroll your family in Catholic Formation at St Charles Borromeo, please find the forms attached to the link below. Please print and return to the parish office:

St Charles Borromeo Catholic Formation
5571 S Marilyn Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Click here for printable forms:
Emergency Contact Form 
Student Registration for 4K thru 5th Grade
Student Registration for Middle School - 6th thru 8th Grade

Please contact the Catholic Youth Formation office with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your inquiry!

Below are found the basic participation policies of the St Charles Borromeo/ St Romans Collaborative Catholic Formation Department which apply to all Catholic Formation programming, on and off campus, unless otherwise specified by the Catholic Formation Staff.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.


Sacrament Preparation

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist 

“Gifts for a Lifetime” A Parish based sacrament program centered on teaching children and families and the community that God is a generous gift-giver. Parents are their child’s primary catechist. Our programs will engage parents in the role of catechist and enrich the sacramental experience for the child, family and Parish community.

Students in both the school and Religous Education Classes are to register.  This includes all second graders and any student in the upper grades that have not previously prepared for Reconciliation or Eucharist.

First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Registration


Religious Education and Sacrament Preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist & Confirmation)

Role of Parents

While the catechesis offered within the family is ordinarily informal, unstructured, and spontaneous, it is no less crucial for the development of the child’s faith…Parents are catechists precisely because they are parents. Formation for Children School-age children should receive formal and systematic catechesis in a parish-based catechetical program, a Catholic school, or a program of home-based catechesis in which the content of the faith and the experience of Christian life is presented authentically and completely. National Directory for Catechesis 203-4The above information is taken from the National Directory for Catechesis and can be found on the website under the John Paul II Center - Catechesis and Youth Ministry Religious Education. We provide this information in our CYF Family Handbook here at St. Charles Borromeo. As a parish community we follow the above guidelines for catechism of our children. With support of our parish Christian Formation Commission and our Pastor we apply further that parents requesting sacrament preparation for their children for Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation must have their children participate in one year of formation prior to immediate sacrament preparation. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee Sacramental Guidelines states: “Children commonly participate in a sacramental preparation program for at least one year prior to…immediate preparation. This on-going catechesis…forms the foundation for the immediate catechesis for (the sacraments).”

If you have questions about the following guidelines please contact St Charles Borromeo Catholic Formation Office at the parish office.

Elementary Grades 4K~ Grade 5

“Finding God”, by Loyola Press, provides a meaningful and effective faith formation program for our elementary age children that engages their energy, imagination, compassion and playful spirit. With help and guidance from our parents, children begin to appreciate the power of faith helping them make good choices, extend themselves in our Parish, community and beyond. Exploring the Old and New Testament they begin to apply these messages to their lives. We join together for prayer, celebrate the saints, share our hearts and treasures with others while preparing for Advent and Lent, learn about vocations, pray the stations of the cross, and celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. Our trained catechists lead our children to a deeper understanding of God’s love enabling and encouraging them to participate in classroom prayer leadership, and the importance of Sunday’s community celebration of the Eucharist.

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Middle School Class Schedule (Grades 6 - 8 )

Students at the middle school level examine their roles as Christian witnesses on a faith journey through a study of scripture, history, morality and Church teachings. Grades meet on Monday in the St. Charles Borromeo school classrooms from 6:00 ~ 7:00 p.m.

Click here to see schedule for dates.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) (Grades 1 - 8 )

Program for children who have never been catechized and have reached the age of reason (7 or 8 years old), preparing them for full sacramental initiation. Process invites children to experience God through Jesus within the Christian tradition and Catholic Church.