Direct your children onto the right path,
    and when they are older, they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Family Ministry offers Faith Formation for families with children grades Pre-K to 8th (ages 4 to 13 – however families with children younger than ages 4 are welcome to join).

This ministry now offers faith formation to assist families with children who are (1) currently or looking to begin Sacrament preparation (Reconciliation and Eucharist) and/or (2) interested in expanding their current faith discussion beyond simply attending mass each week (faith communities are both offered English and in Spanish).

Each faith group 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.

ADAPTIVE LEANERS

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 Ms. Theresa Avila at 310-372-7077 extension 224 (or email at [email protected]) for more information.

Family Faith Formation Ministry Options

Families are invited to join one of three different faith formation options.  All groups meet year-round and provide late registration opportunities:

-Father Track (Hybrid-Weeknight): Meets 3 times a month (2 virtual and 1 in-person) each month from September to May and 5 additional sessions during the summer months (June to August). This option provides only English language faith groups

-Son Track (In-person Saturdays): Meets 2 times a month in-person on Saturdays (each session meets for 2.5 hours) each month from September to April and meets 1 time a month from May to August. This option provides English and Spanish language faith groups.

-Holy Spirit Track and Amen Track (In-person after Mass): Meets 2 times a month in-person after mass (groups formed based on masses chosen at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church) and 1 time a month for a family event and fellowship on Saturdays from 9-11:30 am from September to May. Plus, each group will meet a total of 5 additional sessions during the summer months (June to August) with 3 family events and 2 after mass group sessions. This option provides English and Spanish language faith groups. Please note – for this track, faith group leaders will provide dates for meetings outside of the family events (as Family events are scheduled on the calendar for 2022-2023)

Registration

OLG Hermosa Beach, CA Family Faith Formation registration opens July 1 and closes August 31.  Please sign up here

*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 in the 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]

What does FFF offer my family seeking preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist?

The following guidelines are for families who have children already participating in the sacrament preparation for Reconciliation and Eucharist:

-Regular Sunday Mass attendance is a basic requirement for families seeking sacrament preparation – families will be asked to check-in with faith leader before or after mass.

-Sacrament Preparation is a minimum 2-year process (and can be longer depending on if families join later in the year and/or the readiness of the family).

-Children receive the sacraments typically in December for Reconciliation and May for Eucharist

-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 attending 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 family prayer, and attending mass each weekend. 

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 a Relationship with Jesus for Grades 3rd through 8th

If you are interested in more information on Continuing a Relationship with Jesus after receiving the first communion for children in grades 3rd through 8th, please click here for details about the ministry.

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]