Religious Education

2020-2021 Classes

Our program is allowing for flexibility this year.

  • In Classroom when safe (Priority 1st & 2nd Grade)

  • Drive through for education materials when restricted

  • Guidance from a Catechist

  • Support for Parents to teach/pray with children at home

  • Allow children to learn at home if parents choose this option.

The program is for First-Eighth grade.   Classes are limited in person, so we are giving you the option to home school.  First Holy Communion Classes must be under the supervision of a catechist.  Contact the Religious Education Office for more information.


Some people brought children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and to pray for them, but the disciples scolded the people.  Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:13-14

Welcome to St. Gabriel's Religious Education!  Our program at St. Gabriel's is focused on providing 1st-8th children with the opportunity to learn the history and foundation of the Catholic Church, gain a meaningful understanding of the seven sacraments, and grow in a personal relationship with God on their own faith journey.  Students are placed in grade level classes with class sizes averaging 12 students. Students are given the opportunity not only to grow as individuals, but to grow as a community with other children from the parish.  Each class is led by a volunteer catechist and assistant.  Classes meet once a week.  Recognizing parents as the primary catechists in their children's lives, the Religious Education staff provides families with the tools and coaching they need to enrich the faith growth of their children. 


Children ages 6-14 who wish to receive the sacrament of Baptism may enroll in our program and will receive Baptism during the first year of classes.  Children will receive their First Reconciliation and First Communion as part of the second year.  Students must be enrolled for two consecutive years to receive these sacraments.


Families are encouraged to continue the faith formation of their children after they receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.  There is so much more to learn as they grow in their faith and continue on the journey. This will lead them into the Confirmation/Life Teen program in high school.


Classes run October- May 



Children's Liturgy of the Word - suspended at this time

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a program for children in Kindergarten through 4th grade which takes place during the Sunday 9:30 am Mass. The children process out of mass with trained adult volunteers and go to the RCIA room off the church courtyard to listen to the Liturgy of the Word at their level. The volunteer shares some thoughts on the reading. After the creed and prayers of the faithful, the children process back into church to join their families for the remainder of the Mass. For children who are unsure about coming, the parents are always welcome to join them. No signups required to participate.  If you would like to volunteer as a leader/assistant or would like more information, contact Elaine Wealch at 858-486-0036.

Give me a call if you have questions.

   Melinda Casteloes - Director

  858-748-7475 or email

2020-2021 In Person Schedule (All are full)

Tues 3:30    1st & 2nd Grade (Sac 2)

Tues 5:30   2nd Year Sacraments Classes

Wed 3:30   2nd Grade (Sac 2)

Wed 5:30  1st & 2nd Grade (Sac 2)

                  3-8 multi age class

Thursday 3:30 - Middle School group

On-line - at Home classes - various times

            set up of leaders

Director of Religious Education: 

Melinda Casteloes     



Ashely Ibarra

 Religious Education Office