Faith Formation (English)- 2021-2022


"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Mathew 4:19

Registrations continue!

We are preparing to return to in-person Sunday Sessions at the end of this month. Parents are asked to support their children by regularly attending week-end Mass as a family.

A parent orientation and Q&A meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, at 6pm, followed Faith Formation Mass at 7pm. All families, please join us for new information. If you would prefer to join the meeting via Zoom, please send your email address to Erika Underwood, to request the link to  or call/text Erika at 650-814-1667.

New and returning families are welcome!



First Day of Class for:

  • 8th Grade Confirmation, Saturday, September 25 at 4:00pm 
  • 1-5 Grade, Sunday, September 26, at 9:45am 
  • 2-5 grade First Eucharist year 2, Sunday, September 26 at 9:45am 
  • MS-Youth Ministry, Tuesday, September 28, at 7:00pm 
  • HS - Sacramental prep/Faith Development, Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00pm 
  • HS-Youth Ministry, Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00pm  
  • Adult RCIA, Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00pm



  • The 8th grade Confirmation Class will use the Bible.   
  • All other grade levels (K-7) will use the Loyola Press Curriculum, Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts.  

This comprehensive religion program is based on a spiral curriculum that integrates the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. As children are introduced to and revisit concepts and vocabulary from one year to the next, their knowledge and experience both broadens and deepens. This program provides lessons in faith and delivers those lessons through experiential activities that encourage lifelong practice.


SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: (begins with the parents). 

  • Baptism - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RICA) is the process through which interested adults and children over 7 years of age, are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. Children who are not baptized as infants are also initiated through an adapted process of this rite.   
  • First Reconciliation (also known as confession) seek absolution, which is an act of penance that involves a person receiving forgiveness for their sins.  
  • First Eucharist (also known as First Communion) Jesus is present in the consecrated Communion. We invite families with children entering the second grade and older to prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist. It is traditionally celebrated in the second grade, and requires a two-year preparation process.
  • Confirmation is the sacrament by which we receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives them the increased ability to practice their Catholic faith in every aspect of their lives and to witness Christ in every situation. It is traditionally celebrated in the eighth grade, and requires a two-year preparation process. 

Uninterrupted ongoing faith formation provides the seamless faith development that is essential for the reception of any Sacrament.  Attendance at Mass and the regular reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are crucial to the forming of one’s faith. We recognize that some students may have had an interrupted formation process. These students will be required to take a year of Faith Formation prior to registration for sacramental preparation.





All fees are to be paid via Online Giving at: Faith Formation and RCIA Registration Payment

  • For the Sunday Sessions:  $125 for 1 student and $75 each additional student.  
  • For the sacramental retreat: $100  
  • For the sacramental celebration: $100 
  • Fees are due at registration or before the sacrament date.



  • Copy of  birth certificate if preparing for Baptism.  
  • Copy of baptism certificate if preparing for any sacrament. 
  • It is the family’s responsibility to provide these documents; please contact the Parish Office if you need a certificate for a sacrament received at St. Joseph Church. The Faith Formation Office does not maintain copies of certificates from previous years.  

Thank you for choosing our parish to continue strengthening and forming your faith.   

If you have any questions or require further information please contact Erika Underwood, Coordinator Faith Formation, at 650-814-1667 (call or text) or at







CALENDAR 2021-2022





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