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
Welcome to our children’s Faith Formation program! (FFC)
FFC is a program for children in grades 1 - 8 who are enrolled in either public school or a non-Catholic private school. The program provides opportunities for children to grow in their faith through instruction in Catholic beliefs and Traditions, participation in prayer and an understanding of how to live their faith each day. Faith Formation is the best gift we can hand down to our children. At your child’s Baptism, each parent accepts the responsibility of training their child in the practice of the Faith. The Church teaches that the parent’s role in the formation of Christian values in their children is irreplaceable. Our program aims to assist in this responsibility of passing on the teachings of Jesus Christ revealed through His church.
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.
English program will be on Zoom every Wednesday beginning in September through May. Grades 1 - 5 meet from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Middle school grades meet from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Spanish program will be in person on Saturday mornings beginning in September through May our parish campus. Grades 1 -8 will meet from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration and Fees
- Our registration fee is $100.00 per child and $125.00 for sacramental prep/RCIA.
- If you are not a registered member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, you may register online.
First time families are encouraged to meet with our director of Catechetical Ministries. Please contact Rosa Rama at [email protected] to schedule a zoom meeting due to COVID-19
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 -- Currently suspended due to COVID-19.
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 every Sunday, with the exception of some holidays & First Eucharist Liturgies.
Vacation Bible School
Held every summer, VBS offers young children an opportunity to learn about Jesus and his church through song, games, crafts and fellowship with their peers and adult leaders. Regrettably, VBS for 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.