Youth Faith Formation

Safe Environment

All of our adult volunteers, catechists, and classroom aides 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.


Religious Education

***Registration Packet for Religious Ed School Year 2019-20***

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Religious Ed Classes began Sunday, August 25, 2019, but it's never too late to register! 

Our religious education involves children from grades pre-K through high school. Children may register in the program throughout the academic year. If your child is not baptized, or baptized in another faith, he/she may still enroll in Religious Ed in the RCIC program (see next section below). We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 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 either the 4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday or the 11:00 a.m. Mass at The Immaculata every Sunday.

We prepare children ages 7-17 for full initiation in the Catholic Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Outside view of Camino Hall Camino Hall

Sacramental Preparation for Children

Sacramental Preparation for Children currently in 3rd - 4th grades: 

  • Baptized in the Catholic Faith and interested in learning about the Sacraments
  • Baptized in another faith, but interested in the Catholic Church
    • Description and Expectations:

      • Children are enrolled in age/grade appropriate class & participate three Sundays per month
      • Children will also participate in Sacramental Preparation Class once Sunday per month (in lieu of regular class) 
      • Parent attendance at monthly Sacramental Preparation class is required
      • Attendance at weekly Sunday Mass is required
      • Participants will be assessed on a regular basis
    • Content:

      • Prayers and Worship
      • The Order of the Mass
      • Ten Commandments
      • Sacraments

Sacramental Preparation for Children currently in 5th - 8th grades: 

  • Baptized in the Catholic Faith and interested in learning about the Sacraments
  • Baptized in another faith, but interested in the Catholic Church
  • Prior to enrolling in this program, families must attend one of the monthly sessions held after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.).  Please refer to the Beacon (The Immaculata parish newsletter) for scheduled dates.
  • Students are enrolled in age/grade appropriate class
  • Attendance at weekly Sunday Mass is required
  • Participants will be assessed on a regular basis
  • Families participate in periodic Sacramental Preparation sessions
  • Content, same as above

RCIC - Rite of Christian Initiation for Children

The RCIC program is especially designed for children:

  • Ages 7 to 17 
  • Not baptized but interested in learning about being initiated in the Catholic Church
  • Baptized in another faith, but interested in the Catholic Church
  • Children attend Faith Formation class for their current grade level held on Sundays August-May. 
  • Prior to enrolling in this RCIC program, families must attend one of the monthly sessions held after the 11:00 AM Mass (from 12:15-1:00 PM). Please refer to the Beacon for scheduled dates. 
  • Families participate in periodic RCIC sessions.
  • Families can plan on the RCIC process taking at least one year, the Initiation Sacraments are celebrated once a year in the Easter season.
  • Each period of the RCIC process is individualized for the students’ readiness

Pre-catechumenate - Period of Inquiry - Evangelization: This is a time to begin hearing the stories of the Gospel, Beginnings of Faith, Stirrings of Repentance, Practice of Prayer and Sense of Church. Participants ask questions about Jesus and about the Church.

Catechumenate - Rite of Acceptance and Rite of Welcome: This is a first welcome into the community and moves student into the Period of the Catechumenate.

Catechumenate – Faith Formation/Catechesis: This is a time to deepen faith and conversion within the church community. It is a time to learn more about the Bible, Church Teachings, Worship, Sacraments, Morality and Service. This period may last anywhere between 8 months to 2 years, depending on the needs of the individual.

Rite of Election: When a Catechumen is ready for initiation, they prepare by first celebrating this Rite of Election during Lent.

Scrutiny -The Period of Purification and Enlightenment: During the season of Lent, the Elect spend time in prayer and self-examination as they prepare for initiation.

Rite of Initiation - Saturday after Easter: Initiation through Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist.

Mystagogy: During the Easter Season, up until Pentecost, the newly baptized, called Neophytes, participate in Easter Season Liturgies, Homilies and may have a special place in the assembly.

Sponsors must have specific qualifications and submit this form.

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.

Confirmation sponsors must have specific qualifications and submit this form.


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. 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.

clow

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.