Religious Education

The passing on of the faith tradition is the responsibility of the whole parish community; pastors, parents and Directors of Catechetical Ministry must collaborate to insure that the children/young people are appropriately catechized and prepared for the reception of the sacraments (Diocesan Guidelines for Educational Ministry #200).

St. Mary Church implements an Intergenerational Catechetical Program. All religious education programs for the Sacraments require at least two years of preparation. Religious education for children, evangelization for parents and/or grandparents, godparents are also required to go to one retreat per year; evangelization classes for adults at the same time children are in the classrooms. Students who learn at a slower pace might require more than two years for preparation for the Sacraments. Post sacramental classes are available from First to Twelfth grade. Our Youth Program for 13-18 congregates on Fridays at 6:00pm. Young Adult groups (18-36) for singles, are also available. Sign language catechism classes on Tuesdays 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Adults who wish to learn sign language 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Religious Education is to educate children in the Catholic faith and prepare them to receive the sacraments of confession, first communion, and confirmation in a 2-year program. We also offer faith formation for adults who need to complete their sacraments in a 9-month program.

Nuestra Misión

La misión de la Oficina de Educación Religiosa es educar a los niños en la fe católica y prepararlos para recibir los sacramentos de la confesión, primera comunión y confirmación en un programa de 2 años. Ofrecemos también la formación en la fe para los adultos que necesitan completar sus sacramentos en un programa de 9 meses.


Religious Education Office Hours

The Religious Education Office is open 2 - 8 pm to register for Sacraments. (760) 745-1611 Ext 806 mbriceno@stmaryp.org


Religious Education Contact Information

Main phone number - (760) 745-1611 Ext. 806

Dcn. Andres Sanchez, Director of Religious Education asanchez@stmaryp.org Ext 215

Vicky Briceno, Confirmation/Youth Group Coordinator mbriceno@stmaryp.org Ext 242

Maria Briceno, Secretary mbriceno@stmaryp.org Ext 236

Ivon Ayala, iayala@stmaryp.org Ext 235

Sign Language instructor: Alejandra Sanchez (760) 445-6889

Religious Ed. Staff available to meet by appointment. Please call or email to make an appointment.