Starts September. Register today!
We have a loving and welcoming process at Padre Serra through which children 6 years of age and older are prepared to be received into the Church.
Infants and very young children are baptized based on the faith of their parents, godparents and the community. But school-age children, capable of having a faith of their own, are initiated through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process, adapted for children.
Children new to the process meet on Monday afternoons, starting in September, to begin learning about the Bible, Jesus, the Church, prayer, and how God is acting in their lives. They participate in some of the Faith Formation activities with the baptized children in the parish and gradually learn what it means to be a Catholic Christian.
Family members, especially parents, are encouraged to participate as much as possible in their child's journey to the sacraments. It is a wonderful experience for the whole family which integrates them into the life of the parish.
If you have a child six years or older who is not baptized or was baptized in another Christian tradition, please contact Catherine Shadduck for any questions or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 482·6417 ext 331.
Children learn so much! From the Sign of the Cross to bible stories, songs and more.
Super fun to make friends and be at church on Sundays!! Parents love it too.
Register your child as soon as they turn 3.
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Miss Nicole lovingly cares for your little one (12-36 months) while you go to mass. Stop by and see all the toys and fun and meet Nicole. You are welcome to stay to be sure your toddler is settled. This is a no cost service.
Also visit: Children
An Altar Server is a minister who is trained to anticipate the needs of the presider during liturgy and meet those needs with grace and reverence. This vital ministry involves over 100 of our young people in grades 5 through 12. Training takes place once a year over seven weeks in late winter/early spring. Parents are required to attend the first training session with their child(ren). Installation of first year altar servers takes place in October. We are so proud that our altar servers, led by Mr. Bob Shadduck, are invited to serve at the Cathedral on different occasions every year.
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About Bob Shadduck
Bob Shadduck co-authored Guide for Servers (Español), a book in The Liturgical Ministry Series published by Liturgy Training Publications in Chicago.
Preschool through Grade 2
Suggested donation: $25 per family per semester, payable to Padre Serra Parish.
Padre Serra Parish is proud to charter a Boy Scout Troop and support three Girl Scouts units.
Boy Scout Troop #257
For more information about Boy Scouts, please contact:
(805) 987 · 8432
Virtus - Protecting God's Children Awareness Training - This three-hour workshop helps clergy, staff, volunteers and parents to understand the facts and myths about child sexual abuse; how perpetrators operate; and how caring adults can take five important steps to keep children safe. For more information or to find a session, please Click here.
Fingerprinting - Live Scan fingerprinting by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is required for all adult staff and volunteers who supervise children.
Guidelines for working with Children - Each year adult staff and volunteers receive and review the Archdiocesan Guidelines for working with children. Youth working with other youth also receive guidelines. Click here to read these guidelines.
Touching Safety Program - Required by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for children enrolled in school or parish programs, is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, leaders and youth ministers give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them. Our Faith Formation team presents this material to help children identify unsafe situations, say stop and tell a trusted adult.
Safeguard the Children Committee - For more information about the commitee and its work email@example.com
Working Together 2017 Brochure - click here to read
Reporting Abuse or Misconduct - click here to read
Archdiocesan Electronic Communications Policy and Resources - click here to read
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops "Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People" - click here to read
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