Youth Faith Formation

Youth Faith Formation Information

Safe Environment

All of our adult volunteers, catechists, and classroom aids have undergone a background check and Safe Environment Training.  We adhere to strict policy of having at least two adults who have been screened through our Safe Environment program to be present in each classroom to ensure the safety of our students.


School of Religion:

Our school of religion involves children from grades pre/K through high school. Children may register in the program throughout the academic year (September through mid-May). We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:30 AM in Camino Hall (2 buildings west of The Immaculata). We have a wonderful program made possible by the commitment and enthusiasm of some very fine catechists. Our program includes bringing in Catholic culture to enrich what is in our books – study of the saints, the rosary, activities during Advent and Lent, a children’s Way of the Cross during Lent, Jesus Day for First Communion children, and a May Crowning. Students are expected to attend Mass at The Immaculata every Sunday.

We prepare older children for First Reconciliation and First Communion, and we prepare children who are over age seven for Baptism.

Click here for the Student Registration Form and the Student Medical Information Form.

Click here for the Religious Ed Calendar.

Outside view of Camino Hall Camino Hall

Confirmation Preparation

Our Confirmation program generally will take two years. Students move through each phase according to their readiness based on attendance, self-evaluations and interviews. The program is set up as follows:
  • Journey:  The first phase which lasts one year for most students, Journey is just that – a journey into our Catholic faith where students discuss Church teachings based on a textbook and current events that pertain to Catholicism.
  • Formation:  Formation is generally the 2nd year of preparation and consists of lectures on Catholic theology. Students are expected to enter into discussion as well.
  • Reflection: Reflection is the period of immediate preparation for Confirmation and focuses on prayer and the sacrament.  The mandatory Confirmation retreat takes place during this time.
  • Walking-the-Walk: Walking-the-Walk is a four week commitment that generally takes place after Confirmation when the newly confirmed learn about poverty and hunger and do at least one service project.

Students are expected to attend Mass at The Immaculata every Sunday. Students are required to know a number of prayers before being confirmed.   Reflection students may not miss any classes. Confirmation takes place during the Easter season, a date determined by the Bishop.


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW). This takes place during the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form prior to Mass, and each child will receive a participant lanyard name tag that they should pick up prior to the start of each Mass when they will participate in CLOW from the Plaza.

After the opening prayer, children are called forward with their CLOW leaders and dismissed to hear the Sunday readings and a short reflection on them. Children return to Mass during the Offertory, and on their way to you should turn in their name tags so they are ready for the next time they participate.

A clip art sketch of children with the words "Children's Liturgy of the Word"

San Diego high school youth gathered during SteubenvilleConference at USD Steubenville Conference

Youth Ministry

High School Youth Gatherings 

All high school aged children are invited to our High School Youth Gatherings to spend time in various activities that involve social time with fellow Catholic youths, spirituality, and service. They have been gathering in Madonna Hall the 3rd Friday of each month for Praise and Worship – a little singing, some food, short peer talks, and faith sharing. They have also been enjoying "Teen Cafe" that is set up for them in Aroma's Cafe after the 11:00 a.m. Mass each Sunday. As our students kick off a new school year, teens are encouraged to bring along friends as well. The meeting times, and frequency of the "Teen Cafe" may change during the fall, so please check with the Parish office at (619) 574-5700. 

During the year, we have field trips that include the LA Youth Day and Synergy, the local Youth Day, and Steubenville. Some of our past service activities have been collecting for Fr. Joe’s Villages on Super Bowl Sunday, pro -life activities, Christmas caroling at a nursing home, and making goodie bags for homeless children at Christmas.

We have a mix of adults and teens to serve as the core team for our high school youth program.  All adults have undergone a background check and have also received Safe Environment Training.  There will always be a minimum of two adult leaders present with the group at all times.


Parish Mini Retreats

We offer quarterly mini retreats for the entire parish, using the whole community catechesis model.  The retreats include lunch with discussion question, presentations for Children, Jr. High, High School, and Adults followed by a closing prayer service.  Childcare is provided for children from ages 1 to 5. Please check with the Parish Office for details on the next scheduled retreat at (619) 574-5700.