Welcome to St. Augustine's Religious Education - Faith Formation Program!

CCD, Confirmation, Adult Faith Formation, RCIC, RCIA

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A Note from the Pastor and the Director of Religious Education


We are grateful to the Good Lord for giving us the opportunity of serving and ministering to this wonderful community of Saint Augustine.

We have been blessed with committed volunteer-catechists who generously share their faith, time, and talent with your children, whom God entrusts in our care.

Each year we are graced with cooperative, collaborative and participative parents such as you, who help make the Faith-Formation Program (CCD) vibrant and dynamic.

We pray for God's continuous blessing as we journey and work hand in hand in bringing about God's kingdom in our midst.

It is the love and support from the St. Augustine staff, parishioners, and CCD parents that inspires us all to carry on. 

Outlined below is pertinent information about our program; how to register your child in the Faith Formation Program; program requirements; and/or how to grow deeper in faith as an adult.

Once again, welcome to the Religious Education -Faith Formation Program!

Your brother and sister in Christ,

      Fr. Rene Ramoso, Pastor 
      Sr. Nona M. Barairo, sfcc, Director of Religious Education

 

 

Faith Formation is the newer term used for Religious Education and/or CCD.

The emphasis of Religious Education or Faith Formation is not only on catechesis and education but also on the overall spiritual-formation of a chid, teen or adult. Regardless of what term the program is called, parents and students alike still refer to the Religious Education or Faith Formation Program as CCD, which atually means Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

 

The Call

  • To create and build Basic Ecclesial Communities of Faith among catechists, parents and   students through education; religious formation; and faith-lived experience; as a response to the call of the Spirit.

Our Vision

  • A worshiping community who witnesses, experiences and shares their faith.
  • A Community of believers formed in faith, through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, and Eucharist.

Our Mission

  • To echo God’s Word.
  • To reach out to all.

Our Priority

  • Faith Formation of Catechists
  • Faith Formation of the Students and Parents

A Journey of Faith

  • To journey with the children as they grow and learn how to FOLLOW JESUS as Catholic Christians.
  • To help the children in learning how to pray and celebrate with the parish.
  • To guide them in making moral decisions and in reaching out to those in need.

 


St. Augustine's Religious Education - Faith Formation uses (and recommends!) the Finding God program from 1st through 8th Grade. "Finding God presents the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church through active-learning techniques that allow children to participate, learn, and grow in faith and discipleship. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, the Finding God program engages the whole child—mind, heart, body, and soul—uniquely guiding children to practice prayer and reflection, to explore scripture, and to find God in all things."  Loyola Press. A Jesuit Ministry. All Rights Reserved. loyolapress.com

The Religious Education Program is intended to support the family and the church community in this mission and offers an integral formation of the child’s spiritual, moral, religious, intellectual, developmental, social, emotional and physical aspects.     
                                                                                               (Second Vatican Council)

 

CCD (Elementary) & Confirmation (Middle School)             

Faith is a lifelong journey, undertaken in community, guided by the Spirit. and the family as the primary community in which faith is nurtured and shared. 

Aims of the Program:

  • To help the children and youth experience, integrate and express the fullness of mature Christian faith at every age level, according to the stages of development.
  • To journey with the children and the youth to grow in faith through activities and reflections that involve the children/youth and their families in catechesis, prayer and living their faith.
  • To develop the children’s/youth’s appreciation of Sacred Scripture and familiarity with the Bible from a Catholic perspective.     
  • To lead children/youth to come to a fuller understanding of the sacramental dimensions of faith and life.
  • To cultivate in the children/youth wonder and awe and to be open to the mystery of God’s presence.
  • To achieve in themselves self-esteem and develop an active concern for others.
  • To see themselves as part of a richly diverse faith community, and to celebrate their gifts and contribution to their parish.

Therefore, Saint Augustine Parish is at the service of families to help form young Catholics.
 

Classroom Sessions in three-dimensional content and sequence with an innovative scope that presents:

  1. Complete Catechesis at every grade level
  2. Seen through the lens of grade-level themes
  3. Experienced within the context of the Christian Community.

Duration of the Program:

  • A continuous eight-year faith formation program.
  • The school year starts in September and ends in May.

Regular or normal age for the child to begin CCD Class starts in 1st Grade. A child at the age of six (6), who is in 1st Grade can be registered into the program. The Faith Formation Program is a continuous and ongoing formation for children and youth starting from 1st Grade through 2nd Year Confirmation (8th Grade.)

The Sacraments of 1st Reconciliation/Confession and 1st Holy Communion/Eucharist

is a two-year preparation for 1st and 2nd Graders. The child receives the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist during the 2nd year of preparation or in 2nd Grade at the age of 7 or 8.


Special Sacramental Preparation Classes (SP1 and SP2)

This program is for children who are late in attending CCD classes. The special two-year sacramental preparation is required for children who register for CCD when they:

  • Are already in the 2nd grade (or higher) in school.
  • Have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation/Confession and Holy Eucharist/Communion.
  • After receiving the Sacraments, the student is then ready to be enrolled in their regular grade at school when they return the following year.

Special Sacramental Preparation Class for Six Grade (SP6)

A special one-year sacramental preparation class is required for students described below. After receiving the Sacraments, the student then undergoes a special pre-qualifying interview before being allowed to enroll into the Confirmation Program.

The following criteria applies for the SP6 Class:

  • Students 11-16 years of age.
  • Have not yet received the Sacraments of Reconciliation/Confession and Holy Eucharist/Communion;
  • Previously attended Religious Education - Faith Formation classes but stopped attending after receiving 1st Holy Communion.


The Confirmation Program

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year program for students who have received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion, and have successfully passed the 6th Grade exit interview.


1st Year Confirmation (7th Grade) meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, for an hour and a half (1 ½) from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 PM. at the parish hall.

2nd Year Confirmation (8th Grade) meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, for an hour and a half (1 ½) from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 PM. at the parish hall.

 



RCIA (Rites for Christian Initiation for Adults)

Open to any adult age 18 and above only and has never been baptized; has been baptized in another religion; has been baptized in the Catholic faith but has never been confirmed in the Catholic faith. For more information contact, Deacon Nestor L. Fernandez II at (415) 672-5252 or visit the RCIA webpage.


Faith Formation Program Requirements:

  1. Copy of Baptismal Certificate for Registration
  2. If transferred from another parish, a letter from the DRE is required.
  3. Regularly attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days
  4. Participate during scheduled classes
  5. Fulfill required homework, assignments and Parish involvements.
  6. Bring textbooks, pen/pencil, and notebook to class.
  7. Participate in scheduled recollection (for Six Graders)
  8. Participate at the Agape (for the First Communicant students) 

Absence Policy:

  1. Letter of excuse is required.
  2. CCD students with 3 (three) unacceptable or unreasonable excuses for their absences, will cause the student to be dropped from the CCD program.
  3. Confirmation students with 2 (two) unacceptable or unreasonable excuses for their absences, will cause the student to be dropped from the Confirmation program.

Expectations of Parents:

  1. Must attend scheduled meetings/sessions.
  2. Must attend scheduled formations and activities.
  3. Submit written notes regarding your child’s absences, i.e. illness, emergencies and major school events.
  4. Comply with Yard Monitor Schedule Sign-Ups.
  5. Please pick up your child on time!
  6. Parish involvement with your child.
  7. Registered at the parish.
  8. Regularly attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.
  9. Maintain open communications through phone calls/E-mails/letters.

Various Program Activities:

  • One Day Recollection for the Six Grade Students.
  • Two-day Recollection for 1st Year Confirmation Students.
  • Three-day/two-night Away Retreat for 2nd Year Confirmation Students.
  • Rehearsals for 2nd Year Confirmation Students and their Sponsors.
  • Four (4) Adult Ongoing Formation Sessions (for all grade levels) to be attended by students, parents and catechists.
  • Parish involvement of students and their families.
  • A special Agape Dinner for 1st Communicants and their parents.
  • Rehearsals for 1st Communicants.
  • Community Service for Confirmation Students.
  • Yard Monitor Community Service for Parents (all grade levels) to ensure the safety of the children.
  • Annual Canned Food Drive
  • Annual Fundraisers: Spell-A-Thon, Rummage, and Food Sale.
  • Simbang Gabi, a Novena of Masses during the Advent Season (Dec 15-Dec 23) To be attended by students, parents and catechists.
  • Christmas Pageant (elementary level) Christmas Eve-Children's Mass (Dec 24).
  • Annual year-end Thanksgiving Mass, Living Gospel Awards Ceremony and Fellowship.

To view the Registration Schedule click here 

NOTE: Registration for 2016-2017 ended September 30, 2016. See you next school year!

 

Adult Faith Formation

The parish developed an Adult Faith Formation Team (AFFT) to plan and implement a continuing process whereby people can grow consciously in the life of Christ through experience, reflection, prayer and study. This process is made possible through existing programs, and developing and creating new ones that will allow opportunities for formation, spirituality, morality, prayer and service. Please visit the Adult Faith Formation Team (AFFT) Page for more information.

RCIC (Rites for Christian Initiation for Children)

For children ages 6 to 17, who have not been baptized in the Catholic Church. This program is currently not being offered.

 

 

For upcoming Religious Education - Faith Formation activities and events, please click on the button below:


 

Religious Education
Faith Formation Office


CONTACT:
Sr. Nona Barairo, sfcc
Director of Religious Education
(650) 873-2878
Linda Gamboa,
Office Assistant
(650) 873-2878

 

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed for lunch:          
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Saturday:                     
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed for lunch:          
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Every 1st and 3rd
Wednesday and Thursday

1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Closed for lunch:          
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

CLOSED ON
SUNDAY and TUESDAY

 

To send an email to your
child's Catechist
please visit the Catechist Team page by clicking on the  button below.


For more information about our program, ministry, classes, or services, please click on any of the buttons below.



CCD Schedule
Thursday Classes
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Saturday Classes
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
10:15 AM to 11:15 AM

Sacramental Preparation Classes (Reconciliation & 1st Holy Communion)
Grade 2 & Special 2
Saturday
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Confirmation Schedule
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a Two-Year Course.

1st Year Confirmation meets twice a month for an hour and a half (1 ½) every 1st and 3rd Thursdays from
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

2nd Year Confirmation meets twice a month for an hour and a half (1 ½) every 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.