How to Enroll / FAQs

Religious Education at Holy Family is for children from grades 1-5. If your  child is a toddler, go here. If your child is in pre-school/kindergarten (ages 3-5), please email: hfsundaypreschool@holyfamily.org for more information. If your child is in high school, go here.

How do I register my child for Religious Education?

Registration begins in May and continues until the end of September, as long as space is available. We invite you to come to the RE Office to pick up an application or download one from the RE website, fill it out, and bring it in.

My child is in 1st grade and has not had previous Religious Education / has only participated in preschool/toddler programs – what do I do?

Come to the RE Office and register your child anytime between May and September when your child begins 1st grade (example: Your child will be in first grade in September 2015, you should enroll them in RE anytime between May and September of 2015). You will also need to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate. We highly recommend enrolling early as space tends to fill quickly. 

My child is in 2nd grade and has no previous Religious Education / has only participated in preschool/toddler programs – what do I do?

Come to the RE Office and register your child anytime between May and September when your child begins 2nd grade. Sacramental Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Communion) is a two year process. Your child will be enrolled into Year 1 faith formation (a combination of 1st and 2nd graders preparing for sacraments) and will make their sacraments two years thereafter (example: your child enrolls is 1st year formation in 2015, she/he will make her/his sacraments in the spring of 2017). You will also need to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

My child is in 2nd grade and we have done 1 year of previous Religious Education at another parish – what do I do?

When you come to the RE Office and register your child please also bring an affidavit from your previous parish’s RE Office stating that your child has received previous religious education.

An affidavit is as simple as: Dear Colette Villegas, I, <insert name here> as the DRE of parish <insert name here> affirm that <insert child’s name here> has received one year of sacramental preparation at our parish. <Sign & Date>.

You will also need to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

Please note: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles mandates that the years of sacramental preparation be done consecutively/in-sequence so, for example, if your child is enrolling in the Holy Family RE program for the 2015-2016 year, the previous year of RE must have been done during the 2014-2015 year.

My child is in 3rd-5th grade and has not received her/his sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession)  and 1st Eucharist (Communion)  – what do I do?

When filling out your registration packet please check the box “Introduction to Faith”. Your child will be enrolled in two classes during the 2015-2016 year so that she/he will make her/his sacraments in one year.

Your child will be enrolled in “Introduction to Faith,” a class that meets twice per month (1st & 3rd Tuesday) and functions as a sacramental prep/basic faith formation class for your child.

Your child will also be enrolled in the weekly (Wednesday OR Sunday) RE class corresponding with her/his grade level in school.

For example, if your child is in 4th grade in 2015 she will be enrolled in 4th year RE and Introduction to Faith and will make her sacraments in the spring of 2016. You would also need to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate for our records.

Please note: If your child is in 3rd grade she/he will be enrolled in 2nd year formation and Introduction to Faith.

We are coming from another parish/We have just moved. My child has already received the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and First Eucharist (Communion) – what do we do?

Because faith formation is life long you are invited to come to the RE Office and enroll your child for an RE class corresponding to her/his grade level in school. For example, if he is in 5th grade you would enroll him in 5th year RE formation. You would also need to bring copies of your child’s sacramental records (dates/certificates for Baptism and First Eucharist) for our records.

My child has not been baptized yet -what do we do?

Contact Frank Ponnet, director of RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation) to learn about your options.You can reach him at fponnet@holyfamily.org / 626-403-6116. 

My child has special needs/different abilities – what accommodations do you provide?

At Holy Family RE we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, friendly place for all children and their families. We invite you to come to the RE Office to speak with a staff member about your child’s particular needs and we can discuss the options available to you.

Note: Did you know that there are resources available for sacramental preparation specifically designed to invite children with autism and other different abilities into the sacraments? You can find out about them here.

I would like to home-school my child for her/his sacramental preparation – what do I do?

It is your right as a parent to decide how best to form the faith of your child. If your family decides – in conversation with the RE Office here at Holy Family – that this is the best course of action for your child, come to the RE Office and register. You will receive the necessary text books and someone from the RE Office will contact you regularly to provide support, answer any questions, and generally check in with your progress. You must be registered with the RE Office in order to receive the sacraments at the end of your child’s second year of preparation.

We value and believe in the importance of having a peer-based community of faith. We believe it is important for all children to have the opportunity interact with their peers and build Catholic friendships. Unless participating in a classroom environment will be an extreme hardship for your child we ask that you enroll them in the RE program.

What financial assistance do you provide?

In keeping with our community’s motto “All Are Welcome” no child will be denied Religious Education due to the family’s inability to pay. We offer payment plans and scholarships. Please speak to a member of the RE staff to make confidential arrangements for your family.

I still have a question – what do I do?

Contact the RE Office at 626-403-6118 or email the RE assistant at mcolburn@holyfamily.org