Religious Education for Youth
Our mission is to provide a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for parents and children. Our classes are for children beginning in 1st grade. We provide classes for the blessed Sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Communion. We encourage families to renew and deepen their faith by offering parents classes, as well assisting them to complete their Sacraments. When these sacraments are achieved, we promote continuing the lifelong journey that is religious education as a family. The teachers in our program are examples to our children of how to live their faith in the name of St. Francis of Assisi and our goal is to provide well-rounded faith education for all children who enter our program.
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Registration forms will NOT be accepted without a copy of the Baptism Certificate (1st year only) or if not Baptized, a copy of the Birth Certificate (1st year only). Email completed registration forms with required certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Religious Education 2424 Palm Street, Bakersfield, CA 93304.
Classes will be online via Zoom. Classes will begin the end of September.
Our annual events include our Advent winter clothing drive, Dio de los Muertos Celebration of Life, grandparent’s day celebrating Las Posadas, children Christmas Eve Masses, lent canned food drive, Shrove Liturgy (burning of the palms), Risen Christ celebration, and the May Crowning with prayer of the Rosary. Refer to the Parish calendar for more information.
If you have questions or are interested enrolling your child in our program, please do not hesitate to call the Religious Education Office at 323-8800 with specific questions or concerns as they may arise. We also have Spanish speaking clerks, Tracey Rodriguez and Angelica Victoria to assist the Spanish speaking community. You may also email Dinah Marquez.
Due to the CDC guidelines for COVID-19 we will be offering Echoes 3.0 online, as soon as we are approved as an Administrator by the Diocese.
Please keep our 4th grade through High School Youth in prayer as they receive their First Holy Communion this Saturday. We thank the families for returning this year to complete these Sacraments. We thank our amazing volunteer Sacrament Preparation teachers for taking time away from their families to share the faith, via zoom! Thank you to the RE staff for all their hard work as they stepped up to teach the Jr. High and High School students this year, as well as preparing and facilitating the retreats for all these classes via zoom!