Religious Education for Children and Youth
Changes Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions
All Faith Formation classes will meet virtually online via Zoom or another technology platform until it is safe to meet in person. Also, all fees have been waived, so it is free to register for and attend our program.
Faith Formation for Children
Our Faith Formation program generally serves students in grades 1st - 8th who attend public schools or non-Catholic private schools. We meet on Monday afternoons through the school year to be educated in the Catholic Faith. Our program includes preparation for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Older students are also accepted as needed on a case-by-case basis.
The goals of the Faith Formation at St. Stephen's are:
- Ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ
- Full participation in the life of the Catholic Church
- To foster community among the students, their families and the parish community
Program Overview & Calender
St. Stephen Church welcomes all children and youth, baptized or not, to participate in the catechetical program. Here is our current calendar. We meet Monday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. (except holidays) from mid-September through mid-May.
Catechesis is offered on Monday afternoons between 4:00pm to 5:15pm. All classes meet inside St Stephen Church, then after opening prayer we move to the classrooms in the Parish Office at 451 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco.
Faith Formation Themes:
- Jesus, our Savior
- Church and Community (Catholic Social Teaching)
- The Beatitudes and Morality
- The 10 Commandments and the Great Commandment
- The 7 Sacraments
- The Mystery of God, and the Church
- Scripture/The Word of God
- Church History
View the Faith Formation Family Handbook.
Virtual Classes Guidelines and Consent Form - all Faith Formation families must fill out and submit this new consent form for joining virtual classes (online classes via Zoom).
**During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have waived our registration fees, knowing that many families are struggling financially. However, we will gladly accept donations to help defray the costs of text books and worksheets.
Registration fees help us to recover the cost of textbooks and classroom materials.
$70 - first student
$50 - second student in Family
$40 - third student in Family
Additional Fee for Sacrament Preparation: $20 for First Holy Communion (2nd grade) or Confirmation (8th grade)
We ask for $20 per Family to help cover costs for snacks.]
*No child will be turned away because of financial need. Please contact us to inquire about scholarships. Email: email@example.com Phone: (415) 681-2444 x4
In conformity with Archdiocesan regulations, your child must participate in two years of Faith Formation before he/she can receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Likewise, he/she must complete Grade 6 and Grade 7 of the Faith Formation Program to enter Grade 8 for Confirmation preparation.
St. Stephen's accepts registrations for the current school year at any time. You can register online. After registering please submit a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate (we will make a photocopy and return the original to you). If your child needs to be Baptized we are happy to work with your family to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism. For further information, please contact our St. Stephen Faith Formation Office, (415) 681-2444, extension 4.
Children's Liturgy of The Word*
Ages 3-6 (Pre-school through 1st Grade)
St. Stephen Church offers a special Liturgy of the Word on Sunday morning during the 9:30 a.m. Mass from September through May.
Children ages 3-6 are dismissed after the Opening Prayer to read and discuss the Gospel in a way which is meaningful to them. They separate into groups and work on an art project or worksheet that supports the Gospel they have just read. They return to Mass after the general Intercessions. Parents are welcome to attend with their child. No registration is required, just show up.
*Children's Liturgy is postponed due to the pandemic.