Religious Education Office Hours
Mondays through Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and again from 12:45-5:30 p.m. The office is closed on Fridays.
San Rafael Parish provides ongoing faith formation programs for its parishioners through: The Sunday Pre-School 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 Pre-K 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.
2017-2018 Religious Education Registration
You may still register in person in the Religious Education during business hours (see office hours listed above). Please download and complete your registration form before coming in to register:
A copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate is required for enrollment. You may bring it in to the Religilous Edication Office with your registration form and they will make a copy. Or you may scan the certificate and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may fax it to (858)487-1498, “Attention: Religious Education.”
Online enrollment is available for all new and returning students for the 2017-2018 school year. Please call the Religious Education Office at (858)487-0491 first to make sure that the class you are registering for is still open. Then begin the online registration process by first creating an account through the “My Own Church” icon below. Once your account is approved, you will receive an email letting you know. At that point, you may log back into “My Own Church,” then click on the “My Religious Ed” tab, then on “Online Registration.” Please see the online registration tutorial below:
If you already have a “My Own Church” account please log in and update your information before registering your child(ren) for classes. After updating, to register your child for a class, log into “My Own Church,” then click on the “My Religious Ed” tab, then on “Online Registration.”
2017-2018 Registration Fees
Registration fees must be paid at the time of registration by using the green “Online Giving” button located on the parish website’s “Home” page (Please note: You will need your parish envelope number.) If you have more than one child you are registering for classes in different grades, you may take advantage of our multi-child discount by registering all of your children separately first in their appropriate grade level classes, and then make one payment for the total number of children as listed below:
Preschool: 1 Child $40; 2 Children $60; 3+ Children $75
Grades 1-12: 1 Child $120; 2 Children $160; 3+ Children $180
***For children who will be in Sacramental Preparation classes (First Holy Communion or Confirmation) add $50 per child.
Religious Education News & Announcements
SIGN-UP NOW FOR THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT! | Sign-ups for the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Pageant begin Monday, December 4. Please come by the Religious Education Office to sign-up. Reading parts will only be given to 3rd graders or older. Parts fill up quickly, sign up soon! One required practice will be held on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Church.
PRAYER TESTING | 2nd Year Monday Sacramental Preparation Classes have prayer tests on Monday, December 18. Don’t forget to go over the prayer with your child, especially the Act of Contrition: “My God, I’m sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.”
CHRISTMAS BREAK CLASS SCHEDULE | No Classes December 25th through December 28th and January 1st through January 4th. Classes will resume Monday, January 8th 2018. Happy Holy-Days!
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 contacting Lisa Petronis at (858)490-8353 or on the Diocesan website.