Those who are interested in becoming Catholic may do so by one of two means. Those who have never been baptized enter into the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for a process of one or more years of formation in community with others on a similar journey of faith, led by a team of catechists and pastoral staff members. A period of inquiry, during which questions are freely asked and answered, usually precedes the initial commitment to the RCIA process.
Faith Formation for Adults
The Catholic Church welcomes every person who feels called by Christ to become a part of His Body, the Church. As a part of this welcome, each individual experience is evaluated carefully, so that the best possible process of formation in the Catholic faith will be the result.
While a previous marriage is an impediment to full initiation in the Catholic Church, help with the annulment process is readily available, and there is almost no situation without a solution.
Contact any Mrs. Rosa Rama for more information. Catechists and staff work closely together with each individual.
Those who are already baptized in another Christian faith may choose to enter into the RCIA or may explore other means of entering the Catholic Church by consulting with a pastoral staff member. Factors to be considered include the current practice of one’s original faith as well as the original faith’s degree of connection or similarity with Catholic practices.
Those who have been baptized, Catholic or otherwise, but have not practiced any faith regularly or consistently, will usually Participate in much of the RCIA process.
Baptism for Children from Ages 7 - 18
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children is followed. These young people participate in a process that will prepare them for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). This process is provided in English and in Spanish. Please contact the Faith Formation for Children office (949)492-4101 ext.102 Click here for more information
Faith Formation for Children (FFC)
FFC is a faith formation program for children in grades 1 - 5 who are enrolled in either public school or a non-Catholic private school. Children will explore their faith with grade appropriate Catholic curriculum including breaking open the Word of God at each session, activities based on the Liturgical year and social justice. Children will learn the sense of a faith community, a faith family which was founded over 2,000 years ago.
Classes are held every Wednesday beginning in September through May in our parish school.
English classes grades 1 - 5 meet from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Middle school grades 6 - 8 meet from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Spanish classes meet from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Rosa Rama, Director of Faith Formation at email@example.com for more information.
Registration and Fees
You may register at our parish during office hours from 9am - 6 pm, Monday thru Friday. Our registration fee is $100.00 per child.
4. Bring your completed forms and copies of baptismal certificate to the parish office.
First time families are encouraged to meet personally with our director of Catechetical Ministries, Rosa Rama. Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
First Reconcilliation and First Communion
The Diocese of Orange requires a two-year preparation for children wishing to celebrate the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. This preparation may be completed through enrollment in the Faith Formation for children program. Parents attend a series of meetings on the theology of the sacraments in general and specifically First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
Parents are given practical suggestions on how to talk with their children about God, why it is necessary to attend Mass on Sunday, and how to share their faith with their children in age appropriate ways.
During the second year preparation the children celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation during the Lenten season and their First Communion during the Easter Season. A First Communion Retreat day is scheduled for the children before the reception of the Eucharist.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Each week during the 9 a.m. Sunday Mass, children from Grades 1- 5 are invited to participate.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word provides a wonderful opportunity for children to hear and understand the Sunday Scripture readings. Children leave the assembly after the opening prayer, and they return to their families at the presentation of the gifts. This opportunity is offered September through May, with the exception of some holidays & First Eucharist Liturgies.
Families prepare together for the baptims of infants and toddlers. Informational sessions take place twice a month for parents and godparents. Baptism celebrations are usually on the first Saturday of each month at 10 am. You need to pick up the baptism information pack at the parish office during office hours 9-6 pm. For more information you may contact Rosa Rama (949)492-4101 ext. 102
We are pleased to announce that our parish has subscribed to FORMED.org. This is a website to help adults and families learn more about their faith. FORMED.org is a streaming service that puts Catholic content right onto your computer or tablet or phone, so you can watch it anywhere/anytime.
Have you ever felt embarrassed when a Protestant friend seems to know more about your faith than you do?
Do you want more from your prayer life?
Do you want to be a better Catholic?
Is your life too busy to come to things offered at church?
All the content is FREE to you. No hidden costs, no add-ons, no in-site buy-ins, no credit card to join. Really FREE to you. You can access FORMED.org seven days a week/24 hours a day in the privacy of your own home. Watch content at your own pace with your whole family or by yourself.
What does FORMED.org offer? Various Programs like “Catholicism” by Fr. Robert Barron, “Symbolon, the Catholic Faith Explained”, Bible Studies, and much more. Stream Catholic movies on saints and our faith. Download Catholic e-books to read on your devices. Content for teenagers and young adults. All this is FREE for you to use.
It’s simple to join: Go to https://FORMED.org and enter our parish access code: GHGPY3. Create an account and you are all set. No hidden costs, no credit cards when you subscribe using the parish access code. Enjoy!
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Vacation Bible school
Mark your calendar for our 2019 VBS
July 22-26 Theme is "ROAR!"
More information coming up in January
This summer’s theme: "Shipwrecked" –Crafts, outdoor activities,
songs, Bible stories, etc! Sign your children up now for Vacation Bible
school (July 22 through July 26) Registrations need to be submitted by
Jun 30th. 1st through 6th grade, Cost: $75.00
Volunteers Needed: Teens and adults are welcome to volunteer at VBS. Grades 7th and higher. Week long commitment from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for more information contact Rrama@olfchurch.net or Susie Hattan firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register Mon. through Friday, 9 am - 6 pm at the parish office or you can down load the forms here. Click here for VBS Registration and Here for Volunteers Form