Faith and Family Formation

The Faith and Family Formation Program is led by a team of staff and volunteers who are passionate about Jesus and whose vision is to “lead children and their families into a growing relationship with Jesus, the Church and with others!”

Our goal is to help families grow in faith together and to become lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

 Director: Fr. Armand Bopda
 Coordinator: Kathy Lester
Contact:
 Kathy@sldm.org  (805) 937-8363
Faith Formation office will be closed the Month of July. Faith Formation hours are 1:30 – 4:50 Tuesday and Wednesday and 4:30 – 6:00 on Thursdays.
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Children's Ministry (K-5th grade)

Family Formation Grades 1-8

Lou’s kids is our Faith and Family Formation program to support parents in grades 1-5 as the primary educators of their children in the faith.  This year parents/guardians and children will attend 2 Thursdays per month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The other weeks families will do their lesson at home together. Edge Junior High students who need to complete sacrament preparation will also attend with their parents those same Thursdays. The alternate Thursdays all Junior High Students will attend our Edge youth group. 

Registration Begins August 17, 2024

Faith Formation Family Handbook and Calendar

Sacramental Preparation

Welcome to the 1st Communion Preparation Program

 

Our Sacramental Preparation program is designed as a faith journey for kids in Grades 1-8 and their parents to take together. To prepare for First Communion, your child must be enrolled for 2 consecutive years in either Lou’s Kids or Edge. Parents attend Parent events as well as Family Days workshops over the course of the 2 years. Listed below are the requirements to ensure a family’s readiness for 1st Communion.

Because the bulk of your child’s formation will come through their experience at class, regular attendance is crucial. To ensure that your child is receiving proper formation, they are allowed to miss no more than 2 in person classes during the year. Missing more than 2 classes may result in having to repeat that year of formation. 

While a child’s 1st Communion is truly a special moment, that 1st communion is just one of many communions to come. Your family’s attendance at mass is an important part of helping your child build a life-long faith. To ensure regular participation at mass, we utilize a program called My Offering. This program helps us to keep track of a child’s mass participation. Each child has a magnetic name tag that they add to the white board that shows a drawing of the Church.  This board is located under the St. Joseph statue on the left side of the altar.  If your child attends mass elsewhere they can fill out a Mass Journal form and submit it with their home lessons at their next regularly scheduled class.

Family Days are an opportunity for parents and children to come together and connect with each other, grow in faith together as a family, and connect with other families. The days feature games, crafts, a relevant teaching message, and more. As part of the sacramental preparation program , families are required to attend a minimum of 2 Family Days during the year.

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