Children and Family Evangelization (C.A.F.E.) welcomes all families with children from TK to 8th grade. This ministry offers a variety of ways your family can grow in faith through fellowship/prayer events, sacrament preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist, and youth gatherings for Jr. High pre-/teens. If you have questions, please contact

Theresa Avila
Director of Children and Family Evangelization
[email protected]
310-372-7077 extension 224

Lizeth Alvarado
Coordinator of C.A.F.E. Sacrament Preparation
[email protected]
310-372-7077 ext. 231

C.A.F.E. Sacrament Preparation

This ministry is geared toward children entering 1st grade to 8th grade and requires a minimum 2-year commitment.  For children entering TK-Kinder, we offer a pre-sacrament program that helps the family begin to share the gospel readings and practice Catholic prayers.  Additionally, we also offer sacrament preparation for adaptive learners (special needs youth) and their families.

All groups meet year-round (with small group sharing, family events, and more).  Our ministry is different from other sacrament preparation as we bring the child and parent together to connect through the Eucharist and Reconciliation over this two-year journey. A family mentor walks with 8-12 families over the two-year process meeting after Sunday mass to discuss the gospel, work on prayers, and learn about the Eucharist and Reconciliation.

There are four different tracks you can be a part of:

    1. Father Track: Year 1 of sacrament preparation – For children (grades 1st-7th ) ready to learn about the Gospel, practice prayers, and attend mass weekly.
    2. Son Track: Year 2 of sacrament preparation – For children (grades 2nd-8th ) ready to learn about the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, know basic prayers, practice Act of Contrition and mass Eucharistic prayers, and attend mass weekly.
    3. Holy Spirit Track: For those who have completed the sacraments of first Reconciliation and first Eucharist (usually children grades 3rd-8th), ready to share about the Gospel, attend mass weekly, and families actively attend C.A.F.E. events, Light the World gatherings, and/or In the Middle Youth Ministry (ITM – grades 6th-8th)
    4. Amen Track: Pre-sacrament preparation, for children (grades TK-Kinder) interested in learning about the Gospel, ready to practice prayers, and attend mass with family weekly.

If you are choosing to enroll your family in the C.A.F.E. Sacrament Preparation Ministry, please choose the time that works best for your family’s faith formation and mass attendance needs:

Option 1: Thursday Hybrid Zoom Sessions for Sacrament Preparation – Available only in English, for Father Track (year 1 preparation) and Son Track (year 2 preparation) families:

> Small group faith sharing is conducted September-May focusing on weekly Gospel
> Once a month in-person C.A.F.E. events are year-round from August to July
> Recommended Events include – Light the World Ministry, attend or volunteer at Vacation Bible School, or In the Middle Jr. High Youth Ministry (for pre-/teens in 6th-8th grade)

Note: Parents are required to participate during each session on zoom for discussions and in person C.A.F.E. events

Option 2: Sundays In-person Sessions for Sacrament Preparation – Available in Spanish after the 8am mass or English after the 10am and 12pm masses for Father Track (year 1 preparation), Son Track (year 2 preparation), Holy Spirit Track (sharing faith), and Amen Track (pre-sacrament preparation) families:

> Small group faith sharing is conducted September-May focusing on Reconciliation (September to December) and Eucharist (January to May) preparation
> Once a month in-person C.A.F.E. events are year-round from August to July
> Recommended Events include – Light the World Ministry, attend or volunteer at Vacation Bible School, or In the Middle Jr. High Youth Ministry (for pre-/teens in 6th-8th grade)

Note: Parents are required to attend each session and C.A.F.E. event – we do not allow drop-off, if a parent can’t attend with child we encourage you to have the child attend with a grandparent or another responsible adult over 18.

C.A.F.E. MINISTRY SCHEDULE 2023-2024

Click this link to view the C.A.F.E schedule