Religious Education Office Hours
Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon and again from 12:45-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 p.m. a.m. to 6:00 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.
Religious Education Forms
2017 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL | San Rafael VBS 2017 registration has started! Kids ages 3-5th Grade, join us July 10-14 from 8:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Cathletics! (Training to be Champions for Christ.) Cost is $60 per child before May 15 and $75 per child after May 15. Spots fill up quickly. You can register at the Parish Office or the Religious Education Office or download the registration forms below and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to us.
Vacation Bible School Wishlist
VBS starts soon – July 10-14. The parish hall will be transformed into Olympic Venue for our “Cathetics” theme. Our wish list contains items that be donated or loaned. If you can help it would be greatly appreciated! Please sign up here!
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.
Religious Education News & Announcements
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED | Vacation Bible School will be July 10th-14th this year. We are looking for volunteers. Looking for fun and fellowship while doing something worthwhile? Join our team! Please contact Quyen Skiano by email email@example.com or call (858) 487-4314, ext. 1216.
30TH ANNUAL SANTA SUNDAY | Photos from Santa Sunday are now available to download: click here.