Religious Education Begins September 11, 2016
Religious Education (CCD) begins on September 11. Sign up today.
Our parish offers a vibrant religious education program for students from Kindergarten through confirmation. Regular classes are held 2-3 times each month in the St. Philip's parish hall on Sunday mornings from 9:45 - 11:00 a.m. throughout our CCD school year.
With recent changes to the recommended confirmation age, we are starting a 2 year confirmation program for children as young as 10 so they can be prepared for confirmation by 12 or 13.
In addition, we are also planning a Christian performing arts youth group where older kids can act, sing, dance, and play instruments. Jacinta Gorringe will direct this program at various parishes, including ours, so that several times and locations will be offered.
The religious education program is run by volunteers, and parent involvement is greatly appreciated. Anyone wishing to aid in the classroom, provide snacks for the children, or help organize larger events (such as the Christmas play, May procession, summer day on the river), please contact the director at the contact information to the right, or contact your child's teacher.
Guidelines to Help Your Child Get the Most out of Our
Religious Education Program
1: In order to receive the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation a child must have completed 2 consecutive years of instruction for each.
2: Regular attendance at Mass is an essential part of showing your child what being a Catholic is about. The 2 or 3 monthly class meetings are re-enforced and made more meaningful to children by attending Sunday Mass with their family and friends. We don’t keep track of your child’s mass attendance (like some parishes do), but we encourage it.
3: We take your child's religious education seriously and hope you will make every effort to see that your child attends class. For that reason we keep attendance. If your child is not attending regularly, expect us to contact you. We care. If a child has missed a number of classes, we will do everything to help the child catch up. This may mean taking some work home to do with parents.
4: Generally we don’t give compulsory homework except on rare occasions in preparation for sacraments.
5: Please read all emails you receive concerning our program and respond as needed.
Below is a link to our registration form. Please download, complete and return it along with a check made out to St. Philip's Catholic Church to the Parish office (P.O. Box 339, Occidental, CA 95465) and
RSVP to Ella Rozett by email.
Click here for the registration form.
$60 for the first child enrolled
$30 for each additional child
In case of a financial hardship, we have scholarships available.
Please contact the Director for details.
Director of Religious Education
email (click here)