"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3: 16-17

What is Youth Faith Formation and Catechesis?

“Catechesis is the act of handing on the Word of God intended to inform the faith community and candidates for initiation into the Church about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church. Catechesis also involves the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit. ” (usccb.org)

Faith Formation is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church. Through Faith Formation, the church seeks to prepare its members, old and young, to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action.

Our program teaches and forms the community, especially those new to the faith, about the life of Christ and his teachings in hopes that they will experience Christ’s real presence. The mission of our program is to help our community encounter Christ with their families and friends.

Ways to Participate

Enroll your children in our youth faith formation (YCM) program located at the St. Clare School.

The 2024-2025 YCM school year begins Sunday, September 15th, 2024. Classes take place every Sunday (except on special Church celebrations) from 3:00-4:15pm with Mass from 4:30-5:30pm at St. Clare parish.

Volunteer to serve as a teacher, co-teacher, or teaching assistant for our youth faith formation (YCM) program (PK-12th grade). No prior experience required, just a heart and passion for ministry and mentoring our youth!

If interested, please contact Rosemary DeAragon, SJCCM Director of Religious Education, at sjccm.dre@gmail.com in addition to the Volunteer Sign-Up form. Thank you!

Volunteer to teach or assist with our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program. SJCCM holds an English speaking and Mandarin speaking RCIA class depending on our community’s needs.

Please contact Rosemary DeAragon (sjccm.dre@gmail.com) for the English speaking RCIA class and attn: Simon Liao, when completing the Volunteer Sign-Up form, for the Mandarin speaking RCIA class.