Faith Formation (English)- 2020-2021



"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

New and returning families are welcome!

In the midst of chaos, let us find peace together! Our Sunday sessions continue on-line until further notice. Parents are asked to support their children by regularly attending weekend Mass as a family, either in-person or online:  

Please note that if you would like to attend in-person Masses it is necessary to make a reservation.  For more information <Click Here>



  • 8:30 am Kinder & 1st grade: we need a catechist; classes will be with Erika until we get a volunteer. 
  • 9:00 am LIVESTREAM MASS = on our YouTube channel:
  • 10:15 am  
    • 2nd and 3rd grade: Julie and Louis Wester 
    • First Eucharist Preparation (2nd year, 2nd graders to 5th grade): Carmen Vigo 
    • 4th and 5th grade: we need a catechist; classes will be with Erika until we get a volunteer. 
    • 6th and 7th graders: Vivian Ngai until December, we need a volunteer to take over the class starting in January.  
    • 8th grade Confirmation Preparation: Alex Barretta 
  • 11:15 am  - RCIA adapted for children age 7+:  Every other Sunday – see calendar for dates. We need a catechist; classes will be with Erika until we get a volunteer. 


  • 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.

SACRAMENT PREPARATION: begins with the parents. 

  • Baptism - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RICA) is the process through which interested adults and older children (7+) 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. Traditionally celebrated in the second grade, it is a two-year preparation to receive this sacrament.  
  • 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. Traditionally celebrated in the eighth grade, it is a two-year preparation to receive this sacrament. 

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 it is $125 for 1 student and $75 each additional student.  
  • For the sacramental retreat it is $100  
  • For the sacramental celebrations Mass $100 
  • All fees must be paid before receiving any sacrament. 



  • We will need a copy of your birth certificate if you are preparing for Baptism.  
  • We will need a copy of your baptism certificate if you are preparing for any sacrament. 
  • It is the family’s responsibility to provide these documents; please contact the parish office if you need a copy of a sacrament certificate performed at St. Joseph Church as we apologize that the Faith Formation office is not able to 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