Religious Education Program

"Train the young in the way they should go; even when old, they will not swerve from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

 

Registration for Religious Education is ongoing.  Please download the registration form or obtain it from the Parish Office or at the Church entrances.  Please submit the completed form to the Parish Office or email it to jeanne.matsuda@dsj.org.

 

Classes will start on Sept. 11th; they will be held on Sundays, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM. 

 

Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, our classes are offered for levels from 1st Grade through 8th Grade (Confirmation Preparation).  

  • New this school year is our Sacramental Preparation Class for children of age 7 years or older to receive First Communion or Baptism.  

  • Also new is our Grade 9-12+ Program for continued Catholic formation and active participation in Church Liturgy.

  • We continue to seek volunteers to serve as Catechists and Catechist Aides.  Kindly consider helping sustain our work of forming the future members and leaders of our Catholic Church.

  • To learn more about our Religious Education Program, please email Jeanne Matsuda at jeanne.matsuda@dsj.org.  Thank you!

  • Registration Form - View in PDF

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - RCIA


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is the process used to bring people into the Roman Catholic Church.  The program is designed for those seeking baptism, as well as those wishing to receive one or more of the other sacraments associated with full initiation into the Church.  If you are already Catholic, but seeking renewal, inspiration, or education in the faith, then RCIA may be right for you as well.

 

To enable full participation in the Catholic Church, the following sacraments are offered:

 

  • Baptism – the sacrament that frees us from sin and makes us Children of God.  It is the basis of Christian life and the gateway to all the other sacraments.  

 

  • Reconciliation – the sacrament that grants forgiveness of sin and reconciles us with the community.

 

  • Eucharist – the sacrament where Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given.

 

  • Confirmation – the sacrament that completes our baptismal promise, binds us more perfectly to the Church, and enriches us with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.

 

There are several distinct periods associated with RCIA:

 

·      Inquiry – an introduction to the Church; a time for seeking and questioning; an opportunity to begin developing faith.

 

·      Catechumenate – a period of study, nurturing, and growth in the faith; a process of conversion to Jesus Christ.

 

·      Purification & Enlightenment - a time of deep reflection and conversion that includes several liturgical celebrations.

 

·      Mystagogy – a time for new initiates to continue their journey while becoming fully integrated into the life of the Church.

 

In other words, RCIA is more than a process or a program, it is an invitation to fall in love with Jesus Christ.  Each person is accepted where they are in their faith journey and moved along at an appropriate pace.  Like the dawning of the sunrise, discernment unfolds one day at a time.  Come experience the love that Jesus Christ has for you.  

 

For more information, contact Deacon Mike Haas (408-616-9315 or mhaas@resparish.org).