Religious Education


And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

Mark 10:13-14


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 trained 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 from October - 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.


November 26-28: NO CLASS

December 1: Advent Begins

December 3-5: Advent Rotations

December 17, 18: Nativity Play



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