Religious Education

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

Welcome to the Church of Visitation’s Parish Religious Education Program (PREP). Formal religious education classes and sacramental preparation are provided for children from Grades 1 – 7 throughout the school year. Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am – 10:30 am. Families wishing to register their children for Religious Education must be registered members of Visitation Parish at the time of registration. Parents of all new students must have a copy of their child(ren)’s baptismal certificate (if the child was not baptized at Visitation). If a new student has already completed some PREP classes elsewhere, proof of attendance and dates for sacraments already completed are also needed.

We believe parents are the primary educators of their children in all learning, including faith formation. Your children learn the most from the example you set when you pray together and actively participate in Mass and the sacraments as a family. We look forward to supporting what the children are learning about the Catholic faith from you, their parents and walking this journey with you.

Program Description

First Communion

Students entering the First Communion program should be at least 6 years old and in the 1st grade or higher. This is a two-year preparation program for students in the Parish Religious Education Program.

  • Sacrament 1 First year of the Parish Religious Education program serves as the foundation for Sacrament 2. Students learn about God and their Catholic Faith. (Grade 1 – 2)
  • Sacrament 2 Second year of the Parish Religious Education program serves as preparation for children receiving the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and first Holy Communion. (Grade 2 – 3)

Older children and adolescents wishing to receive the sacrament of First Communion are enrolled in a separate class with their peers. This class also meets during the regularly scheduled PREP time. These students will follow the same schedule to receive their First Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist. Parental involvement is required. Contact the Parish Office at 310-216-1145 for further information. Click here for the registration form. Please send completed applications to: VisitationChurch497@gmail.com

Grades 3 – 7

Faith formation for grades 3 – 7 is designed to address the developmental and spiritual needs of students in each grade level. Students gain a better appreciation of our faith, learn Scripture, prayer, and various Church teachings. Small group instruction and home catechesis is offered depending on minimum class size and the needs of the students. Click here for the registration form. Please send completed applications to: VisitationChurch497@gmail.com

Special Needs Inclusion

Special Needs Inclusion Program Visitation Parish is committed to the inclusion of students of all abilities. To the maximum extent possible, students with special needs are fully included in our programs at every grade level. Partial inclusion and one to one catechesis are also available. To better serve the needs of your family, please complete the Parent Questionnaire, in addition to your registration form. A representative from the Religious Education Department will be in touch with you upon receipt of your paperwork. If you would like to speak with someone prior to submitting your application, please contact the Parish Office at 310-216-1145.

Parental Support

Parent Gatherings are offered once per month to provide parents with an opportunity to share their faith, and to encourage a fuller and richer experience of the presence of God in their lives and grow in their mission of being Christ’s disciples in our world. Family retreats are also offered at different times throughout the year. All parents of children enrolled in the Religious Education Program are welcome.

Religious Education Resource Library Resources are available for families registered in the Religious Education Program by appointment only. Please call the Parish Office for a schedule and appointment.

Confirmation

A two-year Archdiocesan program, September – May, in which teenagers explore their relationship with Christ and His Church in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Meeting dates and times vary. For more about the Confirmation Program, click here or contact Geremy Brosmer at confirmationVC@gmail.com

Please note: All volunteers who work with children and teens in any capacity at the Church of Visitation are required by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to complete the VIRTUS Training session, “Protecting God’s Children,” and be fingerprinted with a background check. They cannot enter a classroom as a primary catechist until this process is completed. This includes all volunteers and catechists in our Religious Education Program and our teen Confirmation Program. For more information, please visit the Safeguarding the Children page by clicking here.