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.
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.
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 [email protected]
Religious Education Contact Information
Main phone number - (760) 745-1611 Ext. 806
Dcn. Andres Sanchez, Director of Religious Education [email protected] Ext 215
Vicky Briceno, Confirmation/Youth Group Coordinator [email protected] Ext 242
Maria Briceno, Secretary [email protected] Ext 236
Ivon Ayala, [email protected] 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.