Religious Education


Vacation Bible School - June 15-19, 2020  9am -Noon

Ages 3-10.  Click on logo to register.


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 K-8 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 15 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 5-14 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 end of September- May and follow the Poway Unified School District calendar. 



Children's Liturgy of the Word

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.


February 18-20 NO CLASS

February 26 - Ash Wed Services 4 & 6

March 28 - Communion Retreat

April 14-16 - NO CLASS

May 2 & 3 - First Communion

May 5 & 6 - May Crowning

May 7 - Last Day of Classes

May 19 - VBS Volunteer Meeting 6-9pm

June 15-19 - Vacation Bible School



Tuesday        3:45-5:00  Grades K-5

         (Communion class is grade 2)

Tuesday         5:30-6:45  Older             

         Children Communion Preparation   Wednesday   3:45-5:00  Grades K-4

           (Communion class is grade 2)

Wednesday   5:30-6:45  Grades 1-8

           (Communion class is grade 2)

Thursday       3:30-4:45  Grades 6-8


Open Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm 

until June 1

Director of Religious Education: 

Melinda Casteloes     



Ashely Ibarra

 Religious Education Office