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Religious Education

The School of Religious Education participates in the mission of the Catholic Church to bring the Good News of salvation to each generation. It is a faith formation process by which children attending public schools are instructed in the Catholic faith. Even more it is a process by which children constantly internalize what they learn and so they can manifest God’s love in their own lives. 


The goals of the School of Religious Education are to have children and parents:


  • Value prayer and the Liturgical and Sacramental celebrations of the Church
  • Grow in knowledge and reverence of the Bible
  • Love the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic Church
  • Respect all people as children of God
  • Reflect the teachings of the Gospel in their words and actions
  • Share the Good News by Serving others in the community


The School of Religious Education at Our Lady of Refuge


The School of Religious Education at Our Lady of Refuge serves children and youth from ages 3 through 18. This faith formation process combines classroom instruction, family gatherings, youth events, adult education and retreat experiences.  Each level of this faith formation program is listed below.


Early Childhood Program


The program for children ages 3, 4 and 5 meets each Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 AM in the classrooms of the parish school.  Classes are  are limited in size. 


Elementary Program (grades 1 through 6)


The program for children in Grades 1 through 6 meets on Mondays  evenings from 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM in the classrooms of the parish school. (Class sizes are limited.)   Children in Grades 1 through 6 are invited to participate in the Liturgy of the Word for Children at the 9:30 AM Mass on Sundays. 


Junior High Program (grades 7 and 8)


Classes for children in Grades 7 and 8 meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:15 P.M. in classrooms of the parish school.  Again, class sizes are limited.  Small groups may also be scheduled (according to need and the availability of catechists) in home settings on other weekdays and times.   “Friendship Nights” are special event “fun evenings” which help deepen bonds of friendship and sharing.     


Sacramental Preparation  


As children move through the faith formation process in the School of Religious Education they are prepared to receive the sacraments of Baptism (if they were not baptized as infants), Reconciliation (Confession), Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation.    


Readiness to receive these Sacraments of Initiation is determined by a discernment process during the the required faith formation years, based on standards set by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This discernment process involves active participation by parents/guardian, the catechists (teachers of our faith), the Director of Religious Education and the Pastor. Together they help to prepare the child or youth in making the choice of committing themselves to become a follower of Christ

To learn more about the preparation for children to receive the Sacraments, click on the following link - Sacrament Preparation.  


Registration and Fees

For information about registration and fees for the School of Religious Education, click on the following link: Registration Info