The Religious Education Program at Our Mother of Confidence offers catechesis for children from Preschool (ages 4 – 5) through 6th grade and Youth grades 7th through 10th. Our catechists and students share and grow in faith as they journey together. Our primary text is Faith First from RCL and we focus in helping our children to grow in the four areas based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- Creed (We Believe)
- Liturgy and Sacraments (We Worship)
- Morality (How We Live)
- Prayer (We Pray)
The text we use has a spiraling format and engages the children in lessons relating to the four pillars of the Catholic Church: Creed, Sacraments, Morality and Prayer. This allows them to build on their beliefs from year to year.
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Every Sunday, during the 9:00 a.m. Mass, children are offered the opportunity to hear Th e Liturgy of the Word at their level. Children attend Mass with their family and are invited to join an adult Catechist after the Opening Prayer in the Parish Hall for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word. They return to the church at The Preparation of the Gifts to complete the celebration of the Mass with their family. Registration is not required.
Pre – School
Our Pre–School Program explores the basic concepts of our relationships with God and the world. Through Scripture, videos, crafts, and songs, the catechists introduce our younger Catholics to experience their faith. These sessions are held weekly on Sunday mornings during the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
Growth In Faith
“Growth In Faith Sessions” are presented to parents who have children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. The class sessions focus on specific aspects of our Catholic faith such as Prayer, Advent, Lent, and Sacraments, to name a few. They provide an opportunity for parents to learn and share experiences of our faith with each other and assist in the faith formation of their children. A half day retreat is scheduled for parents and children in preparation for reception of the sacraments.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process for adults who wish to receive – or to complete – the Sacraments of Initiation; meaning Baptism, Confirmation and 1st Eucharist or for those seeking to be received into the community of faith, the Catholic Church. Meetings are held on Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM in the St. Katharine Drexel room (the Library). RCIA classes are always open to adults interested in learning more about our Catholic faith. For more information on RCIA please contact Deacon Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or to register call (858) 453-0731.
Did you know? It is a church requirement that the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be received prior to Marriage.” If you are a Catholic Adult and have not received the sacraments of 1st Eucharist and or Confirmation please contact Deacon Jim at email@example.com or call the office and speak with Emily Carignan at 858-453-0731 for further information.
Reach More – Connect to Christ
Mother of Confidence introduced “Reach More – Connect to Christ” small groups beginning in March of 2017. These small groups will meet weekly for 7 weeks and there will be 2 “cycles” every year. It is our hope that these groups will help us grow more and more as a parish community and the next cycle is being planned for Fall 2017. Other parishes in the diocese have had great success with their groups and one of them now has over 300 people presently involved.
These small groups are designed to help us deepen our faith and grow in connection with Jesus and others, while growing our parish community. They are led by parishioners who have been trained in facilitating Spirit‐filled conversation.
These small groups will gather in a variety of locations – such as peoples’ homes or local coffee shops – to discuss life and faith, reflect on a scripture passage and discuss how it might apply to our daily lives – as well as pray for and with one another. There are no teachers and students in small groups, just friends seeking and discovering God.
The groups are open to women and men – 18 and older – whether you are married or single – working or retired – children at home or empty-nesters. These groups are perfect if you simply want to be around other people who want to experience more of the peace, hope, and abundant life that Jesus said he came to give us.
Reach More Connect to Christ weekly updates at http://omcsandiego.org/this-week-in-reach-more-connect-to-christ/. For more information please contact Deacon Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.