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Religious Education

And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them,
“Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." 
Mark 10:13-14

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The Faith Formation process for children, 2nd grade through 7th Grade, is an integrated curriculum that consists of Catholic Catechism, Scripture, music and Liturgical experiences in an age-appropriate format.  Recognizing parents as the primary catechists in their children’s lives, the Faith Formation staff provides families with the tools and coaching they need to enrich the faith growth of their children. 

The preparation for First Eucharist, and First Reconciliation, occurs during the second year of faith formation. The program includes guided instructional sessions and home study materials. Concurrent enrollment in both sacramental preparation and faith formation is required. 

The Religious Education Program is a two-year program, where children are taught about our Catholic faith and prepared to receive Holy Communion. The program is designed for students enrolled in 2nd through 7th grades. Each student must be baptized, however, if the student is not baptized, they will receive the sacrament of Baptism during the program as well.

It is highly encouraged that parents teach their student their prayers and how to pray at home. The students will learn how to pray in class, however, the programs primary objective is to teach the students about the sacraments they will be receiving and other aspect of our Catholic faith.



Registrations Location:
Please visit the Religious Education office located inside Singleton Hall across from the Cathedral. 

Office hours are:
      Monday - Friday
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
      (559) 485-6210

Early registration (before 8/5/19):
$70 per one child (First Child)

$60 per second sibling

$50 per third sibling

Late Registrations (after 8/5/19):
Prices are subject to change

Sacramental Preparation: 

First Eucharist:
Before preparing to receive Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, children must first come to know and love Him at an age-appropriate level.  Baptized children, who have completed one year of religious education, can begin preparing to receive their First Eucharist in the second year.  The process includes guided instructional sessions and home study materials. 

First Reconciliation:
All the faithful are obliged to approach the Altar of the Lord only if they are reconciled with God and Church.  It is customary that a child preparing for First Eucharist also prepare and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance before receiving the Eucharist for the first time.

Note: No family is ever denied religious education due to an inability to pay. Please contact the Catechetical ministry facilitators for special consideration. 


 2nd grade through 7th grade:

  • Saturday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
  • Saturday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 
  • Saturday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  Note:  All sessions meet in the Parish Hall.



Weekly Mass:

It is expected that parents and children will celebrate weekly Mass together.  Attendance at Mass is an integral and essential part of the formation of each child's faith.

Faith Formation Sessions:

Children are expected to be on time and consistent in attendance.  Consistent tardiness is not only disruptive, but disrespectful to the teacher (Catechist) and to the other students.


Parents are to notify the Religious Education office if their child will be absent.  Absences will be considered excused only when make-up materials have been completed and turned in to the teacher.  






Resources for Parents


Office Hours

Monday - Wednesday
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 

Phone: (559) 485-0161

Religious Education Registration

Thank you for making your child's Catholic faith the core of their personal and spiritual development.


Starting July 8, 2019
Religious Education Office 
Monday through Wednesday
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 


Classes will be held on Saturdays
9:00 am, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm 

  • Fee: $70.00
  • Family Discounts available  
  • (Visa/Mastercard/Money Order only)
  • Provide Childs Baptism Certificate
    (Please note Parent/s must be present at Registration)


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