Faith Formation Information
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 early June). We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:30 AM in Serra Hall (across the plaza from The Immaculata and one building east). 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 7 for Baptism.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Children who are at least 4 years old through those in 4th Grade may participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW). This takes place during the 11:00 Mass. 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.
Childcare: We offer childcare on most Sundays during the 9:00 and 11:00 Mass for children who are at least 1 year old (and walking) through Kindergarten. Parents must register and show a photo ID. Childcare takes place in Madonna Hall.
Infant Baptisms: Baptisms generally take place the third Sunday of the month after the 11:00 AM Mass. We offer Baptism preparation seminars the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Madonna Hall. While there is no registration fee, we ask that parents and sponsors register for the class ahead of time. It is suggested that parents call about three months ahead of time to arrange for a Baptism.
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.
Safe Environment: All of our adult volunteers have undergone a background check, and there is a requirement that two adults who have had background checks be present in each classroom.
Our high school youth have activities that involve social time, spirituality, and service. They gather in Madonna Hall the 3rd Friday of each month for Praise and Worship – a little singing, some food, short peer talks, and faith sharing. We also have a special place set aside for high schoolers to hang out and have a free donut on Sundays after the 11:00 Mass – in front of the church by the Bishop Buddy statue. All high school youth of the parish are welcome to all of our high school activities, and high school aged friends are welcome too. We go to LA Youth Day as well as Synergy, the local Youth Day. Some of our 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. Our most popular social events are an annual bowling party and an Epiphany Party.
Confirmation PreparationOur 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.
We have a mix of adults and teens to serve as the core team for our high school youth program.
Youth events generally take place twice a month. Our goal is to have one service activity each month and another gathering to just have fun together or attend a specific event.
We attend the Diocesan Youth Day event in the spring as well as Youth Day at the LA Religious Education Congress.
Contact Anne Rising at (619) 574-5702 for additional information – Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or e-mail email@example.com.