Live a Life of Faith, Understanding and Love...
Registration begins June 1!
About 600 children and teens enroll in after-school Faith Formation every year. Kids come to church to make friends, have fun and learn about Jesus and our Catholic faith. It is so much more than sacrament preparation. Just like math and English, our kids continue their religious education every year, preschool through high school, and grow to know and love Jesus! Church is fun and amazing.
For children age 3 through kindergarten, during Sunday mass at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Children enrolled in Little Church gather to make friends and learn about God and our Catholic faith in a preschool style environment through stories, prayer, songs, crafts and snacks. This is a co-op style ministry; parents help about four times a year. This ‘helping’ is a great way to meet other parents and your child’s friends.
Baptism for School-Age Children
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.
For children in grades 1 through 5 where ‘sparks’ of faith turn into hearts on fire for Jesus! Lessons are written and prepared by our wonderful Faith Formation Coordinators, sessions are taught by parent volunteers. We provide training and mentoring to ensure you are comfortable and everyone is enriched and having a good time.
These kids, grades 6, 7 and 8, have a blast reading scripture, playing, praying and being crazy. They have an equal focus on bible study and building community with one another. The name is from the gospel of John 3:16! Three:Sixteen is completely run by our volunteer team with a couple of parents by our side.
(Pronounced four-one-two) High school teens meet weekly to make connections, share their insights and concerns, and grow in faith. They gather with young adult small group leaders and our Youth Minister. The name is from the first book of Timothy.
First Reconciliation and First Communion
After a minimum of two consecutive years of the whole family participating in Faith Formation, children in grades 1 through 8 who are ready to receive their First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Communion, attend 2 half day retreats with their parents to prepare for these holy sacraments.
This two-year process for high school teens includes Sunday sessions, hands-on ministry, large and small group faith sharing, community events, retreats and service experiences that all culminate in receiving the sacrament.