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Elementary Faith Formation

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Our Elementary Faith Formation is offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. In all languages, the text that is used is Finding God by Loyola Press This text is in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, has activities for parents, and a website so what was learned in Faith Formation at the Parish can be brought home as well ( For children who are of age, we also have Sacramental Preparation sessions!

Our catechists are very gifted men and women whose love for the Lord inspires them to answer the call to proclaim his words and deeds to others. All our volunteers are trained and background screen in compliance with the Diocesan Safe Environment Procedures. Your child's catechist is your main contact for most all your questions. They keep track of attendance and most administration of their session. If your child will be absent, please contact your child's catechist before their session begins. Currently the faith formation office has no administrative staff. Some of the ways you can help us minister to your families during this time, is using the schedules and printed information given to your family at orientation. If you misplace this information or want more copies, your catechists have extra copies.

English Faith Formation sessions meet on Sunday mornings or Tuesday evenings.

If there is a question not listed here or you need clarification, please contact your child's catechist directly. You have received their contact information during orientation when you received the schedule for the year.

If there is a question not listed below or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to call the Faith Formation Office at (858) 271-8769.

What time does my child's faith formation session start and finish?

If your child's session is on Sundays: 9:00am - 10:15am. If your child's session is on Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 6:15pm. The calendar above has times for all classes as well as other events/meetings.

Where do I drop off and pick up my child?

Please make sure to drop off your youth in the courtyard and sign them in with their catechist. Youth are lined up by grade. You must sign them in with their catechist. You are strongly encouraged to stay for openning prayer and announcements. The gate to the court yard will be open 15 minutes prior to session start time. Children are to be picked up from their classrooms promptly at the end of class by a responsible adult. If there is anyone who should not pick up your child, please give us this information in writing.

What if I'am late for drop off and pick up?

If your child will be arriving late, please walk your child directly to their classroom. If you will be significantly late for picking your child up (e.g. over 10 minutes), please call the Faith Formation office ASAP at (858) 271-8769. If your catechist has given you their cell phone, call them directly.

What if I need to pick my child up early?

If you know ahead of time that your child needs to be picked-up early, please let their catechist know when you sign in. Make sure you remember to get any material going home for that day.

How many sessions can my child miss??

If your child is absent, please consult with your child's catechist to see what he/she missed in Faith Formation and work with them at home on the missed lesson. Please note that at 3 absences, a make-up assignment may be required for students who are in a sacramental preparation program to receive full credit for the year.

Books: Unless you need to work on lessons at home with your children, we will be keeping the children's books in the classroom. For students in grades K-5th, a family faith page will be sent home each week. It is important that you know what your child is doing in Faith Formation and that you take time to discuss what they have learned.

Discipline: It is most important that the children come to Faith Formation with a positive attitude about learning and about treating others with respect. The covenant signed at orientation by both parents and children clearly states the expectations of both childfren and parents.

Sunday Mass: At the Sunday liturgy, the source and summit of our Christian life, we are nourished by Word and Sacrament, and then sent out to be the Body of Christ in the world. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of your family's participation at Sunday Mass. As the primary educators of your children in the faith, your participation in the Sunday Eucharistic celebration, which is then lived out in the home and community, is crucial.

Safety: Should the need ever arise for you to pick up your child following an evacuation of the building, our on-site evacuation point is the school play yard on the west side of the school. Our off-site evacuation point is Mesa Verde park located east of Good Shepherd Parish on Gold Coast Dr.


Faith Formation Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday


Faith Formation Office
(858) 271-8769

Glenn Valois
Director of Catechetical Ministries
Ext. 1232

Michael Nguyen
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 1231

Have a question? Email Mike!

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