Youth Faith Formation

Safe Environment

All of our mentors, adult volunteers, catechists, and classroom aides have undergone a background check and Safe Environment Training.  When in-person class is in session, 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.

Family Centered Faith Formation Program

The new Family Centered Faith Formation Program for the 2020-21 school year is scheduled to begin Sunday, October 4, 2020. 

Registration Form

Parent Letter for the Family Centered Faith Formation Program for the 2020-21 school year.

The 2020-21 Calendar is undergoing changes and will be posted as soon as possible.

The Family Centered Faith Formation program for grades K-8th, is a blend of “at home” and “on site” opportunities, offers flexibility, can be done any day of the week at any time. 

First Communion and/or Reconciliation preparation for children 7 – 17 takes place within the Family Centered Faith Formation Program.

Families that register will receive needed materials as well as access to a “portal” that offers videos, stories, music and supportive resources.  In addition, families will be assigned a “mentor” who will be in contact with the family to offer guidance and support.

We welcome new and returning families.

Registration packets are also available at The Immaculata Parish office and in vestibule of the church (near the main entrance).

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 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.

Confirmation sponsors must have specific qualifications and submit this form.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Please note: CLOW is currently suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, you can still find the CLOW worksheets online.

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. View  the registration form, pick one up at the office or prior to the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Prior to Mass beginning at 10:30 a.m., each child should pick up their participant name tag at the CLOW table on the plaza in front of the church.

After the opening prayer, children are called forward with their CLOW leaders and dismissed to hear the Sunday readings (usually next door at Maher Hall) 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.

For any questions about CLOW, or if you'd like to volunteer for this ministry, please call the Parish Office at (619) 574-5700 or email immclow@gmail.com.

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 Elementary-aged children, Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, 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.