Religious Education Office Hours
Mondays through Thursdays 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
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 email@example.com. Or you may fax it to (858)487-1498, “Attention: Religious Education.”
Religious Education News & Announcements
Vacation Bible School 2018 Dates | San Rafael Vacation Bible School will be held July 9 to July 13. This summer we will unleash our God given Super Powers on a mission to save mankind! Registration forms and youth volunteer information will be available in March.
Calling All “SUPER” Volunteers! | Vacation Bible School (VBS) depends on the willing service of adult volunteers. There are so many ways you can help make VBS a meaningful milestone in a child’s faith journey. As we prepare for VBS, our focus is to grow relationships within the parish, develop compassionate faith filled youth leaders, and inspire our children to embrace and celebrate their Catholic faith. If you are an adult interested in volunteering or a parent who wants to learn more, please call Quyen Skiano at (858)487-4314, ext. 1216, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Come find out how much fun VBS is!
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.