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K – 12 Sunday Sessions

All grades including kindergarten meet with their catechists to break open the Sunday’s gospel and learn about our faith tradition. We kick off the school year with a Family Mass and catechist commissioning.  Sessions are held Sundays beginning at 9:45 a.m.  Dismissal from class for 3rd grade and higher is in time  to join their parents for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  Dismissal for all other grades is immediately following the Mass.  Parents pick their children up from their classes.

Children’s RCIA

This is a fun and gentle program for children to prepare to receive the sacraments.  This is for children five and older who have not been baptized or who were baptized in another Christian tradition, and now want to be Catholic.  Families meet  to experience and share the stories, rituals, and symbols of the Catholic Faith. This program is patterned after the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and is adapted for the needs of children and their families. Sessions meet during the school year.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Children grades K-6 gather in the chapel with their parents for 10:00 a.m. Liturgy.  Following the opening prayer, they are dismissed and process upstairs for their session.  Sunday readings are adapted for the children, with time for discussion.  They conclude with the Prayers of the Faithful then return to the chapel in time for Eucharist.  Meetings are during the summer and Christmas break.

New participants and volunteers
are always welcomed.  For details on the following programs and other ministries for children, teens, and families, contact Frances Rojek, Director of Faith Formation at (510) 848-7812 ext. 1004 or faitheducation@calnewman.org