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
Kathy@sldm.org (805) 937-8363
Lou’s Kids is our Religious Education for children in grades K-5. The goal of Lou’s Kids is to provide a fun and interactive program tailored just for kids, no matter what age and grade they are in to help them know Jesus and grow spiritually as they build meaningful relationships with other children and adults! Classes meet on Wednesdays from 3:45pm – 5:00pm and Thursdays from 6pm – 7:15pm. Programs run September through May.
Faith Formation Family Handbook and Calendar
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 4 classes during the year. Missing more than 4 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 receives a “Mass Card” with their name on it. During the collection at mass, children simply drop their “Mass Card” into the collection basket as it comes around. Once the attendance at mass is recorded, your child’s mass coin will be returned to them at their next 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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