Program Description

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 – 8 throughout the school year.

Classes meet on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am – 10:45 am starting on Sunday, September 9, 2018 through Sunday, May 19, 2019.  

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 baptism 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.

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)

Grades 3 – 8

Faith formation for grades 3 – 8 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.

Older children and adolescents wishing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy 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 First Holy Communion. Parental involvement is required. Contact the Parish Office at 310-216-1145 for further information.

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. If you would like to speak with someone prior to submitting your application, please contact the Parish Office at 310-216-1145.

Parent Faith Formation 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.  We are committed to helping you grow in your walk with Christ and your mission of being his disciples in our world.

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

Applications for the 2018-19 School Year are now being accepted. Download here.

For more information regarding Visitation’s Parish Religious Education Program and to learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our website at or call Debra Eileen Evans, Coordinator of Religious Education in the Parish Office at (310) 216-1145 or email

We look forward to supporting you and your family on your journey of faith.

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.