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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.  Summer hours (July 1 through August 31) are 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and 12:45-3:30 p.m.

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.


2019-2020 Religious Education Class Registration

Welcome to the 2019-2020 year of religious education and faith formation at San Rafael!  Religious Education for students age 3-K meets once a week on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  Elementary grades 1–5 meet once a week on the day of your choosing.  Registration began Monday, July 22nd, 2019 and continue until Monday, September 23rd, 2019.   

To register please visit the Religious Education Office during regular business hours.

*** All new families must be registered in the parish. ***

*** All new students need to provide us with a copy of their baptismal certificate(s). ***

2019-2020 Religious Education Grades 1-5  Class Schedule

PLEASE NOTE: Un-baptized children or those baptized in another faith: Please register but it is imperative that we are informed as these students will need to be placed in the Rite of Christian Initiation.  Finally, in special cases there is the possibility of homeschooling.  Please contact Quyen Skiano (Grades 1-5) to discuss that option.


Grades 1-12 Fees (all inclusive)

One Child = $150; Two Children $190; and Three Children = $220)

There is an additional $50.00 PER CHILD for those children receiving FIRST COMMUNION and/or is in  1st and 2nd year CONFIRMATION (registration fee does not include cost of retreat).




PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION | You may register for preschool (ages 3-Kinder) classes beginning Monday, July 22nd.  Classes are held during the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays in classrooms 1 and 2.  Please register in the Religious Education Office.

2019-2020 Preschool Schedule

Preschool Fees

Preschool fees are: $40.00 for one child, $60.00 for two, and $75.00 for three or more children.

All fees are due on the day of registration.  If tuition assistance is needed, please contact Quyen Skiano (Preschool through Grade 5) at (858)487-0491 or Lailani Gachalian (Grades 6-12) at (858)674-1146 to discuss your information.


 Important Dates


First week of classes grades 1-5 – Week of September 16th
(Meet and greet for parents and catechists in the Parish Hall during class times.)

Elementary First Year Sacramental Preparation Meeting (Parents of children who are starting their first year of preparation for First Holy Communion) - Thursday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7 (classroom next to the Parish Hall).

Elementary Second Year Sacramental Preparation Meeting (Parents of children who are starting their second year of preparation for First Holy Communion) – on Thursday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7 (classroom next to the Parish Hall).

Middle School Orientation - September 19, at 6:45 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

High School Confirmation Orientation - September 15, at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.


Religious Education News & Announcements


VOLUNTEERS | We are always looking for catechists and classroom assistants. Anyone who volunteers as a catechist will get a 50% discount on their religious education fees.  Instruction for catechists is provided by Quyen and Lailani. Please be sure to email Andrea Avila at religioused@sanrafaelparish.org if you are interested in helping in this wonderful ministry.

CALLING ALL CATECHISTS – NEW CATECHIST “BOOTCAMP” SERIES | Thursday evenings, beginning August 1st through August 29th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Diocesan Pastoral Center, 3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego 92117.  Join Master Catechist, Dr. Susan Ferraris as we explore: Creating a Safe Class & Establishing Rules, Students with Disabilities, Lesson Planning, Classroom Management and Safe Environment.  Cost is $15 each class or $50 for all 5 sessions.  For more information and to sign-up, please click here or call (858)490-8230.

All Religious Education volunteers must complete background screening.

Safe Environment Training & Background Screening Instructions

CMG Connect Training for Volunteers

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.