Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Our Lady of Guadalupe offers Faith Formation for children and their families for grades Pre-K to 8th (ages 4 to 13). Our programs include Sacrament Preparation (Reconciliation and Eucharist) and Continuing Faith Family Formation in English and Spanish.
Each program is designed specifically to assist the family in growing in faith by learning about the sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharist, sharing the faith by exploring the Gospels at an age-appropriate level, and continuing faith development by serving our community and putting faith into action. Please consider joining our Family Faith Formation with the ministry that fits your family’s needs.
Additionally, we offer faith formation for families with adaptive learners (special needs) for ages 6 to 18. If your family is interested in our adaptive learner programs for Sacrament preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist, and/or Confirmation) or continuing faith formation, please contact Theresa Avila at 310-372-7077 extension 224 (or email at [email protected]) for more information.
Reconciliation and Eucharist Sacrament Preparation
The Family Faith Formation: Sacrament Preparation program is open to children entering 1st to 7th grade* who have received the sacrament of baptism or are looking to baptism their child over the age of 5.
This is a two-year program that involves parents and children in sacrament preparation. Please view the UPDATED program calendar for dates, times, and venue information NEW!
- During the first year (grades 1st-7th), the family will focus on exploring the Gospel readings, supporting families to develop faith practices and prayers at home, and inviting families to attend mass each weekend.
- During the second year (grades 2nd-8th), the family will focus on understanding the sacraments or Reconciliation and Eucharist, while continuing to develop all of the faith formation learned during the first year.
Additionally – families with children in Pre-K to Kinder can join in faith formation as pre-sacrament formation. During the pre-sacrament formation years, families receive materials to help children learn prayers with picture books and songs.
Continuing Family Faith Formation: Faith into Action
The Continuing Family Faith Formation program is open to children entering into 3rd to 8th grade who have received the sacrament of baptism, reconciliation, and Eucharist.*
We offer two groups where children and their families put their faith into action by serving the community and sharing the faith. Please view the UPDATED calendar for dates, times, and venue information NEW!
- Light the World is for children in grades 3rd-8th and their families: Children meet once a month with their peers to share faith, plus parents attend one monthly faith session to gain additional information on how to put faith into action. The second meeting brings families together to work on a hands-on service project.
- In the Middle is for teens in grades 6th-8th and their families: Children meet once a month with their peers to share faith, plus parents attend one monthly faith session to gain additional information on how to put faith into action. The second meeting brings families together to work on a hands-on service project.
*8th-grade child looking to begin the process of baptism, reconciliation, and/or Eucharist
If your child is in the 8th-grade and is looking to begin the process of baptism, reconciliation, and/or Eucharist, we encourage your family to join our In the Middle group. This will allow your child to begin the process of faith formation and they will continue by enrolling into Confirmation program in their 9th grade year.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Ms. Theresa Avila, Coordinator of Religious Education/Family Faith Formation 310-372-7077 extension 224 or by email at [email protected]