Religious Education

2020-2021 Classes 

Called to be a Catechist

For more information about answering call to teach our children, contact Melinda Casteloes at 858-748-7475 or email  Please consider joining our team of disciples sharing their faith with the children of St. Gabriel.

Give me a call if you have questions.

   Melinda Casteloes - Director

  858-748-7475 or email

20221-22 Schedule

Tues 3:45-5       K-5th

Tues 5:30-6:45  Older children Sacrament

Wed 3:45-5       1st-5th

Wed 5:30-6:45  1st-8th

Thursday 3:30-4:45 - Middle School group

Current Class Info

Covid-19 Guidelines for 2021-22

Our program follows CDC Guidelines and requires at this time all children and adults wear masks while indoors.  Children must be screened for symptoms at home each day before coming to class.  Below is more information:

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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-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.

Our Catechists and aides are volunteers.  Each adult volunteer has to complete a safe environment training course.  


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 



Director of Religious Education: 

Melinda Casteloes     



Ashely Ibarra

 Religious Education Office