Religious Education Office Hours
Mondays through Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The office is closed on Fridays.
San Rafael Parish provides ongoing faith formation programs for its parishioners through: The Sunday Preschool Ministry (Ages 3-5), The Religious Education Program (Grades 1-5), Sacramental Preparation (Penance and Holy Eucharist), Kids’ Word (Liturgy of the Word for children Grades 1-5).
Faith Formation of Children Preschool to Grade 5
The faith formation or catechesis of any individual begins in childhood and ends at death. A child’s first teachers are his/her parents and family members. His/her ongoing faith formation continues when he/she enrolls in school or in the parish religious education class.
Kids’ Word | The children’s Liturgy of the Word occurs during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays from September through late May. Children in grades 1-5 leave the church for their opening of the Word on their appropriate age level. Catechists guide them through the Word with various activities and end with the Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful. The children return to the church at the Offertory of the Mass.
Sunday Pre-School Ministry | The Sunday Preschool program provides appropriate religious activities for children ages 3-5 coordinated by our catechists. Classes are held every Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in Classrooms 1-4 which are located on the lower level of the Parish Center.
Religious Education Grades 1-5 | Grades 1-5 meet weekly after school in the Parish Center classrooms, from Monday through Wednesday afternoons between 4:00 and 5:15 p.m. On Thursdays another session is offered from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
Sacramental Preparation | Our Sacramental classes prepare our students for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. This is a two-year program in which the children learn their prayers, become acquainted with Jesus and learn about God’s love for us through the sacraments. Sometimes an older child is late in his/her preparation for the sacraments. During his/her first year, he/she is enrolled in a regular class. In the following year he/she enrolls in the Sacramental Preparation class.
2022-2023 Religious Education Class Registration
Welcome to the 2022-2023 year of religious education and faith formation at San Rafael!
Classes will meet on Monday (4 pm), Wednesday (4 pm) Tuesday (4 pm) and Thursday (3 pm). Second Year Sacramental Preparation: Grades 3-5 will be Mondays.
All new families must first be registered in the parish before registering for religious Education classes. To register your family in the parish, you may visit the parish office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), or you may register on our parish website – www.sanrafaelparish.org, hover over “FAITH FORMATION” on the menu bar, then look for the 2022-2023 Religious Education Grades 1-5 Registration” form.
GRADES 1-5: If your child has not been baptized or has been baptized in another faith, please register but it is imperative that we are informed as soon as possible as these students will need to be placed in the Rite of Christian Initiation. Please contact Quyen Skiano at (858)487-0491 to discuss that option.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are registering your child(ren) in San Rafael’s Religious Education Program for the first time (all grades), you can upload a copy of your child(ren)’s baptismal certificate when you register or email a copy to email@example.com or drop off a copy in the mail parish office. ALSO, if we do not have a copy and you were enrolled previously, we will contact you for a copy. All children must have a certificate on file before placing them in a class.
Registration Fee: $100
There is an additional $50.00 per child for those children in their 1st and 2nd year of Sacramental Preparation.
All fees are due on the day of registration. If tuition assistance is needed scholarship applications forms are in the office. Please note that there are a limited amount of scholarships available. Application deadline is September 12, 2022.
IMPORTANT DATES GRADES 1-5:
First and Second Year Sacramental Preparation: Wednesday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
All Classes start: September 12-15
That first week there will be a meeting for all catechists, parents, and children in the Parish Hall during class times.
To keep up with the most up to date details please text @SanRafRE to 81010
The Preschool program provides appropriate religious activities for children ages PreK (3YO)-Kinder coordinated by our catechists.
Classes are held:
Sundays, from 10:30 am to 11 :30 am during the 10:30 Mass (Sunday School, open to 3yo-Kindergarten)
Tuesdays, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am during Walking with Purpose (Preschool) in Classrooms 1-4 which are located on the lower level of the Parish Hall Building.
Date of first class: September 25/27
Registration fees are:
Sunday School – $100
Preschool – $300
No fees are being asked of at this time. Please register so we know how many families are interested. When we have more solid numbers and catechists lined up you will be sent more information on how to pay and when classes will start.
If you have any questions, please call Quyen Skiano at 858-487-4314, ext 1216
Religious Education News & Announcements
VOLUNTEERS | We are always looking for catechists and classroom assistants. Anyone who volunteers as a catechist will get a 20% discount on their religious education fees. Instruction for catechists is provided by our Catechetical Program Coordinator, Quyen Skiano. Please be sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with this wonderful ministry or fill out the volunteer inquiry form.
All Religious Education volunteers must complete background screening.
Reporting Sexual Abuse: Complaints about sexual abuse by a member of the clergy or by a parish or Catholic school employee or volunteer can be made by calling at (858)490-8353, by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.safeinourdiocese.org.
Sexual Abuse Compensation Program| The Independent Victim Compensation Program (ICP), a program sponsored by the Diocese of San Diego to assist victim-survivors who were abused as minors by priests of this diocese, has begun accepting applications. The ICP is independent and not controlled by the Church. There is no time limit on when the abuse may have taken place. The program will consider all claims, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred. No attorney is necessary and there are no fees of any kind. U.S. Residency is also not required. For more information go to their website www.CaliforniaDiocesesICP.com.