Faith Formation Registration


Welcome to Saint Martha’s Faith Formation page, thank you for choosing our parish to provide your family with the incredible gift of a relationship with Christ in and through the Sacraments!

Registration is now open for our 2020-2021 Faith Formation Programs.  Click on one of the drop-down menus below for more information on a specific program and to register in that program.

Our Parents Orientations this year will be on: 

Monday, September 28th for Eucharist from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Tuesday, September 29th for Reconciliation from 6:30pm – 8:00pm,
And Wednesday, September 30th for OCIA from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Please try to finish your registrations by that date so we can communicate with you the Good News.

It’s time to sign up for Faith Formation sessions at St. Martha! If you are signing up for Sacramental and/or Adult Prep, please take advantage of our easy to use Online Registration, accessed through the My Own Church parishioner portal with ParishSoft.

If you have already created a My Own Church account, just login as usual and click on the “Family education” tab and then look for the “Online Registration” button. You’ll be able to select the classes you’d like to register for, and then you registration will come to us for approval.

If you haven’t logged in to My Own Church before, creating an account is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Once your account has been approved in about 72 Hours, you’ll be able to login and verify that the records for your family and each family member are accurate.

My Own Church also gives you access to our church pictorial directory, as well as your giving history. If you serve in ministries, you’ll also have access and control over your family’s ministry schedules and preferences. If you would like to help as a catechist or catechist assistant please let us know!!!

With My Own Church, you will be able to:

Register online to enroll any family member in an open faith formation class
Volunteer for ministries
Manage ministry scheduling and service preferences
See envelope and online giving history
Browse the online parish directory to connect with other members
Update family and member information, add new members to the family, add photos, and set privacy preferences
Access electronic giving statements at year-end or anytime
Support the accuracy of your parish records and reduce paper

If you have questions, please email us or call the church office at 951-698-8180.

NOTES: 

  • Some of our programs have changed!  Before proceeding to register your children/youth by filling the ParishSOFT form when you click on the red link at the bottom of this page. Please carefully read the descriptions of the program(s) you are registering for.
  •  If you are not a St. Martha’s registered parishioner yet, the first step will be then to register to the parish so you can get the family number that the Faith Formation Registration form will ask you for. To do this, please go to the Parish Website on the above tab, once there click on the “Belong” menu and then select the option “Join the Parish” from the drop down menu. After you finish the family registration form, you will get a confirmation email with the family number in about 72 office hours.
  • Our payment option has changed, instead of being taken to a payment page at the end of the registration, a statement will be sent to you by email after registration. When you receive this statement, please send your payment by regular mail to the parish address; bring your payment to the church and put it in the mail slot under the window that is on the right side of the parish office door; or you may also call Ms. Jo Lippman at 951-698-8180 Ext. 244 to pay over the phone with a credit card.
  • Please upload the documents that are needed like the birth certificate and the baptismal certificate in Flocknote.
  • Staff/Volunteer Catechists reserve the right to take pictures/film video and/or audio of participants.Your child/youth attendance to an event implies your parental consent for the usage of such recordings by St. Martha Catholic Church without compensation.
  • Since this year our sessions will be done online, we need to ask you to please fill and sign the enclosed PARENT MEDICAL AND LIABILITY RELEASE STATEMENT, CODE OF CONDUCT, PHOTO RELEASE, & ONLINE SERVICES form and upload it in Flocknote at your earliest convenience. You Can download the forms HERE. Thank You

 

Montessori Sunday School – 3 to 6 years old

Montessori Sunday School – 3 to 6 years old

Montessori Sunday School is catechesis for children ages 3 to 6 years old and occurs weekly during the 11:00 am and 5:00 pm Sunday Masses. Alongside a traditional Montessori curriculum, children will be learning the catholic faith in a natural way that is guided by each child’s own questions and insights. Along with teaching the stories of the Bible, children will be learning about the liturgical seasons, studying Catholic nomenclature, and practicing grace and courtesy for others and their environment.

Note: due to the pandemic, you will be able to watch a pre-recorded training at your own pace until we are able to meet in person. All children within the ages above are welcome to attend Montessori Sunday School, families are asked for a yearly tuition of $25.00.

For more information on donations, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

For more information on this program please contact Ms. Rachel Noel at rnoel@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.

 

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Childrens Liturgy Of the Word (K-2nd Grade)

Children Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) – Kindergarten to 2nd grade

Children Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is for all children in Kindergarten through second grade. They are invited to worship in our CLOW program each Sunday during the 9:00 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (Spanish) Masses.  CLOW provides your child with a fun environment to worship through song/story, listen to the Gospel, and learn about God’s love through a child-friendly reading and meditation of scriptures.

Children are checked in to CLOW with a parent before Mass begins in the back of the church and then they are seated with their family.  Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins at Mass, the children are called forward and the priest welcomes them, prays over them and sends them out to their program in the Family Life Center (just across the courtyard from the church).  The children return to the Mass during the offertory and remain with their family for the duration of the Mass.

Be sure to ask your little ones about what they learned at the Children’s Liturgy of the Word!

Every child on the grades above that is not attending sacramental preparation sessions is welcome at Children Liturgy of the Word, but we do ask that every child be registered in the program, due to VIRTUS requirements.

Note: due to the pandemic, this program is closed at this moment.

All children within the grades above are welcome to attend CLOW, and we will never turn away a family, but in order to support the work of our ministry we are asking families to make a suggested donation of $25.00.  This helps cover the cost of our materials and ensures we can provide the best program possible.

For more information on donations, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

For more information on this program please contact Ms. Graciela Padilla at gpadilla@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.

Garden of Flowers - Sacramental Preparation for those with Special Needs

Garden of Flowers-Sacramental Preparation for those with Special Needs

Children, youth and adults with any special needs, from any age, with any disability are welcome! This Sacramental Preparation Program is especially adapted for every person’s needs and requirements, so they receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and/or Confirmation.

The Garden of Flowers classes are on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5:00 pm.

The Garden of Flowers is a one-year enrollment.  Everyone with special needs is welcome to attend, and we will never turn away a family, but in order to support the work of our ministry we are asking families to make a suggested donation of $25.00.  This helps cover the cost of our materials and ensures we can provide the best program possible.

For more information on donations, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

For additional questions & needs, please contact Ms. Angeles Lopez, angeleslopez@sbdiocese.org or 951.698.8180 x219.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.

OCIA for Children (2nd-12th Grade)

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) adapted for Children – 2nd to 12th grades

What if my child has not been baptized and is 7 years old or older? What if they were baptized outside of the Roman Catholic Church? Good News!  It’s never too late to receive the sacraments and we are excited to help you! The OCIA process is designed as a faith journey for students and their parents to take together as a family.

OCIA for Children is the ordinary means by which an unbaptized 7 years old or older child/youth is baptized, receives First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  It is also the process by which previously baptized children/youth in another Christian denomination, who seek Full Communion with the Catholic Church, make a Profession of Faith and receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

OCIA for Children is for children/youth who are in the 2nd to 12th grades and have never been baptized or have been baptized outside of the Roman Catholic Church.  Children/youth who are requiring these Sacraments need to attend at least two years of formation preparing them to receive the Sacrament of Baptism/Profession of Faith, along with First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. They will also receive their sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) afterwards.

Sessions for all young disciples and their parents are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Sessions for families registered on their first year of OCIA are as follows:

  • Children in 2nd to 5th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Youth in 6th to 12th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sessions for all young disciples and their parents are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

Online sessions for families registered on their first year of OCIA are as follows:

    • Children in 2nd to 5th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
    • Youth in 6th to 12th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Online sessions for families registered on their second year of OCIA are as follows:

    • Children in 2nd to 5th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
    • Youth in 6th to 12th grades have their sessions on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

A yearly calendar will be provided at the parents’ orientation so families can save the dates on their agendas and would be able to plan activities accordingly around these dates.

As always, siblings and other special circumstances would be considered on a one on one basis for the right placement of our young disciples.

Note: For children ages 0 to 6 years old who have not been baptized, please contact Ms. Angeles Lopez at angeleslopez@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x219.

Note: For youth/adults in grades higher than 12th grade that have not been baptized or were baptized outside of the Roman Catholic Church, please contact Dcn. Chris Ciraulo at cciraulo@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x211.

In order to begin the preparation process for OCIA for Children, a child must be:

  • 7 years old or older
  • In Second Grade
  • Not baptized or baptized in another Christian denomination. We will need a copy of the birth certificate that could be uploaded into Flocknote or by bringing the original to the Faith Formation Office so we can make a copy for us.

All students enrolled in OCIA for Children should:

  • Worship on a regular basis by attending Mass EVERY Sunday as a family
  • At least one parent needs to attend the Parents Orientation at the beginning of each catechetical year, usually in August
  • Sponsors/godparents need to be present at all the major rites this process entails
  • Attend a Virtus or Safe Environment training each year, usually in September
  • Attend every class twice a month at the assigned day and time with their parent or legal guardian. Only two sessions may be missed during the year due to the few times we meet, please plan accordingly
  • Complete the required workbooks and activities at home with their family
  • Attend an annual retreat with their parents and sponsors/godparents
  • Demonstrate readiness with a final oral interview each year by reciting their prayers and answering questions related to the sacrament(s) they will receive

The OCIA for children is a two-year enrollment with a yearly tuition of $90.00.  Payment options include a one-time payment of $180.00, two yearly payments of $90.00 each or 20 monthly payments of $9.00 each.

For more information on payments, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

For more information about registration please contact Ms. Cynthia Calderon at ccalderon@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x242.

For more information on this process please contact Ms. Angela Valencia at avalencia@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x216.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.

 

First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation (2nd - 12th Grade)

First Reconciliation and First Communion Preparation – 2nd to 12th Grade

Welcome to our Faith Formation/Sacramental Preparation program! Preparation to receive First Holy Communion lasts two years, the young disciples will receive their First Reconciliation after the first year of preparation and again at the end of the second year. They will receive their First Holy Communion at the end of the second year as well.

This program is designed as a faith journey for students and their parents to take together as they meet once a month at the parish and the rest of the month the faith is learned and passed on at home, the Domestic Church. Our program is a hybrid between parish formation and homeschooling.

  • Our First Year of Sacramental prep is called Reconciliation Prep. Online sessions are held as follows:
    • Children in 2nd grade have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
    • Children in 3rd grade have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
    • Children in 4th grade have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Children in 5th grade have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Youth in 6th to 12th grades have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

      We also provide a mixed grades session to accommodate families with children in different grades. Siblings in 2nd to 5th grades have their session on the third Tuesday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Our Second Year of Sacramental prep is called Eucharist Prep. Online sessions are held as follows:

    • • Children in 3rd grade have their session on the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
    • Children in 4th grade have their session on the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Children in 5th grades have their session on the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • Youth in 6th to 12th grades will have their session on the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
    • We also provide a mixed grades session to accommodate families with children in different grades. Siblings in 3rd to 5th grades have their session on the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays) from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

A yearly calendar will be provided at the parents’ orientation so families can save the dates on their agendas and would be able to plan activities accordingly around these dates.

As always, siblings and other special circumstances would be considered on a one on one basis for the right placement of our young disciples.

In order to begin the preparation process for First Reconciliation (Confession) and First Holy Communion, a child must be:

  • At least 7 years old
  • In Second Grade
  • Baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.

Please note that if your child/youth was baptized here at St. Martha, there is no need to provide their Baptismal certificate. However, if your child/youth was baptized at any other parish, we will need for you to upload in Flocknote or bring to the Faith Formation Office both their baptismal certificate and their birth certificate.

All children/youth enrolled in the First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Preparation program should:

  • Worship on a regular basis by attending Mass EVERY Sunday as a family
  • At least one parent needs to attend the Parents Orientation at the beginning of each catechetical year, usually in August
  • Attend a Virtus or Safe Environment training each year, usually in September
  • Attend at least eight out of the nine monthly sessions per year with parent or legal guardian on the dates/times assigned
  • Complete the required workbooks and activities at home with their family
  • Attend an annual retreat with their parents
  • Demonstrate readiness with a final oral interview each year by reciting their prayers and answering questions related to the sacrament they will receive

Notes:

It is recommended that children in Sacramental Prep stay for Mass with their families. Please do not enroll them in Children Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) so they can experience the whole Mass and start getting familiar with everything that happens in this beautiful sacrament.

Young disciples are encouraged to participate in their grade level Ongoing Faith Formation including: The45, Edge, and Life Teen! No additional registration/fee is required. If your child/youth cannot attend these extra sessions and you would like to stop receiving emails related to these programs, please request for your family to be taken off these programs to Ms. Cynthia Calderon at 951-698-8180 x242.

It is never too late for your child or youth to receive the Sacraments! We have sessions for 2nd to 12th graders to prepare children and youth that have not received their First Holy Communion.

For youth/adults in grades higher than 12th grade that have not received their First Holy Communion, please contact Ms. Angeles Lopez at angeleslopez@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x219.

The sacramental prep program is a two-year enrollment with a yearly tuition of $90.00.  Payment options include a one-time payment of $180.00, two yearly payments of $90.00 each or 20 monthly payments of $9.00 each.

For more information on payments, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

For more information about registration please contact Ms. Cynthia Calderon at ccalderon@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x242.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.


The45 (4th-5th grade)

The45 – 4th to 5th grades

The45 is our Ongoing Faith Formation program for all 4th and 5th grade students. They meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.

The45 provides a supportive environment where kids can have fun with their peers while they are learning about God, developing good habits for life, and growing in their relationship with Christ.  Our program includes a presentation of Bible stories, solid Catholic teaching, inspiring learning activities and conversations, music and a message that is designed to reinforce faith-based habits and lead students into deeper relationships with Christ.

All 4th and 5th graders are welcome to attend The45, and we will never turn away a family, but in order to support the work of our ministry we are asking families to make a suggested donation of $30.00. This helps cover the cost of our materials and ensures we can provide the best program possible.

For more information on payments, please contact Ms. Jo Lippman at jlippman@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x244.

Children are led by a trained team of enthusiastic adults and teens.  If you feel called to serve and would like more information on how to become part of The45 core team or if you need more information about this program, please contact Mr. Vinny Kyamko-yap at vkyamko@sbdiocese.org or by phone at 951-698-8180 x248.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.

Register by logging into your My Own Church account via the ParishSoft website here. If you need to create an account, directions are above.