Each child has the right to study their own religion. In Finland, that means that Catholic children do not have to attend classes in the majority religion, but that the municipality must arrange classes in the Catholic religion, provided there are three pupils in the municipality whose parents request that Catholic religion classes be provided for their child. For this reason it is important that parents request that their child be taught Catholic religion already when they sign their child up for the first class of primary school.
Catholic classes in school are given at the pupil’s own school, or – if there are only a few Catholic pupils – in a centrally located school, where pupils from several schools come together for their classes. Several Catholic parishes in Finland, including St. Henry’s Cathedral Parish, also provide classes outside school hours. This Catechism goes under the name of Lauantaikurssi (or Saturday Course), as the classes are held on Saturdays approximately once a month.
In matters regarding classes in the Catholic faith, we ask parents to turn to the Diocese’s Catechetical Centre:
Address Kuusitie 6, 00270 Helsinki
Web page katekeesi.katolinen.fi
In addition to this, Sacrament classes are given by the parish. First Communion classes are usually attended by children in third grade, while pupils in the 8th or 9th grade in school come to Confirmation classes.
The Studium Catholicum hosts Catechism classes for adults.